IN CASE YOU HADN’T noticed, local Australian menswear designers are having a moment right now. Thanks to an astute understanding of design and passion for their craft—coupled with some ingenious marketing strategies by savvy brand heads—local designers are not only being celebrated on home turf, but internationally.
And it’s Hollywood, who’s taking particular sartorial notice.
Shining a light on a host of Australian creatives making a splash in the fashion world, Esquire rounds up all the recent fits worn by the crème de la crème of celebs.
Sydney-based streetwear designer Roman Jody of ‘Jody Just’ is gaining traction on the fashion circuit for his eclectic, unique designs that present an “exploration of personal identity and sub-cultural reflection through design and art”. From hoodies, T-shirts, jeans and more—which all come embellished with Jody’s signature designs—Jody Just has become a hit with club kids and metalheads alike… as well as high-profile celebrities. Take Post Malone, for example. Back in 2019, the American rapper commissioned Jody to design a blank jumpsuit to wear on his Australian tour. Since then, the Sydney artist has designed other pieces for Malone, including the custom ‘Jesus Was A Cowboy, Hat’ you see before you.
Ok, so we know that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is partial to a trusty tank top—with guns like those, we don’t blame the guy! But during a press tour for Black Adam in 2022, the Hollywood action star was seen repping a very stylish, muted green (almost pistachio-like) linen tank top that could only be from one designer: Venroy. While the premium Australian leisurewear label is skewed towards those seeking an “ineffable sense of freedom that comes with travel”—and potentially not those who perform daredevil stunts for a living—Johnson looks effortlessly cool in his Venroy getup.
Brian Cox is evidently nothing like his character, media mogul Logan Roy, in the award-winning drama Succession—but rather, he’s a man of the people. While there were no expletives involved at a recent SAG-AFTRA strike in London, the veteran actor was seen supporting the movement for writers, actors, and crew looking effortlessly stylish in a camel chore jacket. The garment Cox wears is, in fact, designed by Melbourne-based menswear label Christian Kimber, a brand that Cox has supported before.
Last year, legendary British actor Bill Nighy was spotted wearing a dashing suiting ensemble by none other than Australian tailor, P.Johnson. The sophisticated actor of Love Actually fame was seen wearing a midnight navy kit paired back with a lemon yellow shirt whilst touring his film, Living. But when questioned on who and what he was wearing, this is what the 73-year-old had to say about everybody’s favourite Aussie haberdasher: “P. Johnson, they are in Sydney. Half the price of Savile Row. They work with an algorithm. Don’t ask me to explain what it is… but it’s excellent.”