Making It Australia’s Benja Harney on his fashion trends, favourite designer, and essential items

Benja says Issey Miyake’s designs are challenging to wear but he appreciates his approach to fabric.

Benja says Issey Miyake’s styles are demanding to put on but he appreciates his strategy to material. Credit score:Getty Illustrations or photos

Wherever do you shop?
I consider to get to Japan every yr, so I wait around to buy my clothes in Tokyo. A few of the brand names I’m into are Montbell, Narifuri, Beams and United Arrows.

Do you have a favourite fragrance?
Acqua di Parma Colonia is so chic, Ralph Lauren Polo is traditional and retro, and I enjoy Monocle’s Hinoki.

Can you recall a favourite outfit you wore as a baby?
My dad is American and we spent time expanding up in the States in the ’90s. We’d go to the state club and my brother and I would put on pastel Ralph Lauren outfits and have our minimal flat-prime hairdos. Pleasurable situations.

And your worst vogue mistake?
After, just after I broke up with an ex, I stopped putting on my vibrant garments and started out becoming actually drab. I considered it would assistance me on the courting scene if I toned it down that was a error.

What was your first trend instant?
My perception of personalized identity crystallised when I was 18 or 19 – the Britpop vibe and raving. The Confront journal was my design bible.

Is there a existing vogue you like?
Phat treads – a kickback to the chunky ’90s shoe. I like how designers are turning the quantity up on shoe proportions, with overcome soles that convey an almost aggressive edge to protecting your feet and checking out the environment. Fluevog, Prada and Nike are executing some insane designs.

What are you coveting?
A piece of flashy personalized bling I’d like to have a chunky brushed-gold and lapis statement ring built by a community jeweller.

Is there nearly anything you’d under no circumstances dress in?
No. I’d give just about anything a crack. Fashion’s experimental, it’s intended to be exciting.

What footwear do you use the most?
I’m a shoe dude. “Spare no cost on footwear and sunglasses” is one of my mottos. These days, I’m sporting Sebagos, a boat shoe with a manner edge. And I really like a loafer – Gucci, Prada, Lanvin.

What do you use to bed?
Not much.


Do you have design muse?
Gandhi, or a samurai.

What do you use when you perform?
When I’m in my studio working on paper initiatives I have a tendency to sturdy workwear: RB Sellars shirts, Stan Ray painter pants and Blundstones.

What is your favorite relaxed Sunday search?
I’m a keen hiker I’ll be going for walks in Selewa mountain trainers, a pair of brightly colored utilitarian shorts, a extensive-brimmed hat and a little jacket to continue to keep the rain off.

Benja is a decide on Creating It Australia, which airs on Wednesday and Thursdays at 7.30pm on 10.

This article seems in Sunday Lifestyle magazine in just the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale September 26. To browse more from Sunday Everyday living, check out The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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