M.J. Bale’s Spring-Summer 20 Collection Hits An Upswing
"Begin at once to live and count each separate day as a separate life." – Seneca
A quote from an ancient Stoic philosopher might seem the most unlikely of inspirations for a menswear brand. However, for Australian-owned M.J. Bale, the importance of living for the moment formed the backbone of their Spring-Summer 2020 collection.
The campaign shot on location in Sydney's Coogee by photographer Trevor King, features Kyle Linehan, lead singer of 'The Goods' as its headlining model. Titled 'The Upswing', M.J. Bale's Spring-Summer 2020 collection encourages customers to "get dressed up and back in the swing of things – whatever form that takes".
Hero garments include the launch of 'Flow – Made-to-Move Tailoring' suits, fronted by parkour athlete and Red Bull freerunner, Dominic Di Tommaso. The three Flynn ‘Flow’ suits in taupe, green and navy are woven from 90% wool, 9% linen and 1% sustainable elastane, and are arguably the most flexible suits in tailoring history. Also supporting the man on the move, are lightweight 100% Merino wool suits in window-pane checks, plaids and subtle pinstripes, as well as punchy, fruity blazers in wool, linen and cotton fabrications.
The brand's iconic revel-ready spring-summer shirts also make a return, just in time for the rising mercury. Subtle floral and print cotton and linen shirts are intended to be paired with tailoring, while inspired by 1950s Cuba are short-sleeve camp collar shirts. Other vintage throwbacks include linen-cotton knit polos in navy, ivory, pink, and grey-blue stripe, options. Looking towards the future, swim shorts designed in original geometric and floral prints woven from 100% recycled nylon sourced from abandoned fishing nets and ocean waste, further M.J. Bale’s commitments to garment upcycling and textile waste reduction.
Finally, new to the brand, are linen draw-string lounge pants, crafted from 100% French linen from Normandy and woven on vintage fabric looms, to be worn with a t-shirt or polo and blazer for a modern take on relaxed summer tailoring.