Captains of Industry

March 20th, 2012

If you love David Bowie’s music then you will understand what I mean when I say “Ground Control to Major Tom“. (If you don’t know know who David Bowie is then stop reading and immediately download ALL of his albums from iTunes ASAP!  Trust me – you’re going to love him.  You can thank me later! And lucky you – there is something so great waiting for you to discover.)  So as I was saying, if you love David Bowie then will know the phrase, “Ground Control to Major Tom“.  The song’s narrative is based on Major Tom’s flight into outer space and his conversations with Ground Control, the space station on Earth.  One of my all time favourite songs especially because David Bowie manages to fully occupy both Ground Control AND Major Tom so completely through slight changes in his voice and intonation.  Brilliant!  Anyway, back to my story, sometimes when Jason heads off interstate for a commercial shoot or a wedding, I feel like I’m Ground Control to his Major Tom.  As he “takes his protein pills and puts his helmet on”, I’m here holding down the fort and trying to make his ‘orbit’ in a new city easier to manage.  Apart from making sure he has his flights booked and his accommodation and hire car at the ready, I often make suggestions about places to go for breakfast, site seeing (if he has time) and shopping. (Can you see how this will become and win-win situation?  I seriously love presents!!!)  So given Jason is currently growing a beard at my request, I suggested on his recent trip to Melbourne that he pop in to the Captains of Industry for a little hirsute advice.

The Captains of Industry are a gentlemen’s outfitters and cafe which offers a barber service, tailoring and bespoke footwear.  I have heard so much about it that when Jason said he was going to Melbourne it was on top, top, TOP of my list of suggested places of note.  I love that it is debunking the trend for mass-produced, cheap, designer rip-offs from China and bringing back the idea that you can buy quality, handmade goods that should (and will) last for yearsand possibly (shock horror) even get better with age.  I also love that it is keeping those beautiful traditions and crafts alive – tailoring, cobbling, even barbering – for future generations.  It also has this fabulous grace and respect for the business of men being men – that manliness doesn’t have to always be aligned with football and fishing but that taking considered pride in your appearance is as manly as all that, and then some.  At least so say the ladies, boys!

So if you are heading to Melbourne and your beard is unruly, or you are in need of a new suit or shoes – or you just want a damn fine cup of coffee, stop by the Captains of Industry.  Being a man who loves clothes and their transforming abilities, David Bowie would be right at home.  Major Tom?  I’m not so sure…

And because it is such a great, great song…

Manscape – The Double Windsor Knot

August 7th, 2011

Jason and I were talking the other day about adding a feature in the blog talking directly to the grooms-to-be about things they find important leading up to, and on, their wedding day.  We all know the brides-to-be out there have a pretty tight rein on all their little yet important details, but there are a few things we think that guys should know about leading into the big day.  I’ve called it Manscape!  I thought I could use this category to offer some tips and tricks as well as fashion and grooming advice.  You know, a little info slashhow-to section – from shining your shoes, to getting a shave, to cufflink selection to literally anything that may feature on the day.  If you want me to answer anything just leave me a comment!  So today’s feature is on one of the most common hiccups of the day – how to tie a double windsor knot.  So, here we go, grab yourself a tie and a friend and get ready to go through the steps – a word of suggestion here, don’t leave it to the big day, practice makes perfect!

Step One

Place the tie around the neck.  Make sure nothing is twisted and everything is lying flat.  I have the wide part of the tie on the left and the thin part on the right.  You need to give yourself enough length in the wide part to make the knot.   My rule of thumb is the thin part should end just below the fourth button.  This does depend on your torso length but the aim is for the tie to reach just on your belt.  Experience is your friend here and you may need to practice this to get it right.

Step 2

Cross wide part of tie over thin part of tie.

Step 3

Thread wide part of tie underneath the cross, then up and through the neck loop.

Step 4

Pull down tight.  Remember the more tension you keep on the tie at this stage the smaller the knot.

Step 5

Thread wide part of tie under the thin part keeping a good tension on both the wide and thin parts of the tie.

Step 6

Bring the wide part of tie up and over, threading down through the neck loop.

Step 7

Pull tight.  Can you see the two triangle shapes?  If you don’t have these start again.  These are what make the shape of the knot.

Step 8

Now loop the wide part of tie around both triangles and then thread it up underneath and through the neck loop.  Tip here is to hold the tension on the two triangles with your thumb to keep the tension.  Hang in there you are almost done…

Step 9

Now thread the bottom of the wide part through the front loop.  Can you see how it is taking shape?

Step 10

Pull the wide part down and slide the knot to the neck of the shirt.  You get a gold star if you have a small crease at the base of the knot.

Done – and seriously, there is nothing sexier and more manly than a man in a tie.  We all talk about that moment when the bride walks down the aisle and how the groom looks at her but with this tie, I’m telling you, the tables will be turned!  We will all be looking for the bride’s reaction!!!  Huge thanks to our gorgeous model, Hugo – who looks fit to grab a dangerously dry martini and hop into his Aston Martin to paint the town – a double windsor knot gives you THAT kind of confidence.


Studio Sixty Photography is Brisbane wedding photographer Jason Starr, and studio manager Sally Ogilvie.

Well known for creative, natural, candid photographs of both local and international weddings, Studio Sixty Photography is capturing now and forever.

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