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The colours of designers work inspired a young boy in childhood dreams, across the treeless plain, the desert sands with family and possessions, wrenched from the arms of beloved friends, cast nightmarishly into a strange land, a strange town, where men wore Bermuda shorts, knee high Black Socks , short sleeved white shirts with crisp collars. Striped ties, Trilby hats and brief cases anchored to hands; Standard dress requirements, up and down the Terrace they marched on and off the production line, in searing heat, in cold wind and rain, in dark and light, morning, noon and night.

Never in life to wear such uniform I swore, never in life to conform to standard dress requirements I swore, trouble or no trouble. Never in life would age determine style I swore, never in life would I dress to please others before I pleased myself I swore. So began a life of swearing, (I know all the words but no longer use them), of non conforming, but from a base of principles as passed on by Mom and Dad, these, and, a will to conquer with in and with out, put teachers, bosses, family, friends, enemies and work mates to the test, to the brink of insanity. The rebel, the radical, quick witted, do it my way, wild imagining kid did it all, but even in the criminal years maintained a life of virtues, "honesty is the best policy", "manners make man", "cleanliness is next to godliness", a gentleman in the making, but a gentleman as defined by principles, not a door opener alone.

Principles strengthened with age and wisdom became most vocal. A word materialized in the regimental discipline applied to virtues and practiced every day, and reflected upon at the end of the day, and reminded at the beginning of the day. And in the quiet moments at work a conscious reminder of my foundation, never to be undermined. When just a boy, a dream is a compass to follow, a glint of hope, a ray of light guiding through the traumas of adolescence, realizing life and what lay ahead. The girls winking eyes, the innocent warmth of teenage love and the first kisses from warm wet lips, the frolics in long grass down by the river side, the secrets, the trouble, the heartbreaks, the inspiration.

Never in life to live in the past I swore, but to learn from it and plan better in the future, a journey to improve, succeed where failed, to win where lost, to gamble less and learn more, to understand, to be inspired.


All of these things gathered in travels become inspirational to life, in deliverance to fashion design for me, an intangible map embryonic to the fruition of goals, but not without devastating failures along the way too.

The black swan, Emu Bitter, Swan Lager, Swan River, Swan taxis, meat pies, Polony sandwiches, picnics at Leighton. The colours of Western beach sands and aqua waters, turned against the stark coastal plains across and Purple hills to the east. Millions of scenes, illusions, emotional highs and lows like snap shots etched into memory cells and recalled to inspire a desire to design, eclipse the past into an explosion of colour, dispelling the grays and blacks of sorrow, making worth of all the growing years, every experience a chance to learn and be inspired.

The decades removed from familiar shores.

On course to a life of non conformances: on this word, it seemed quite ironic that on a varied career path I was introduced to the concept of Quality Assurance (QA), which, in essence, documents non conformances in management processes and manufacturing etc a strategy for continuous improvement. In this unusual position I was logging things that did not conform. I was beating myself over the head with a stick; fortunately involvement in this mundane task was short lived. However the essential elements of value processes (QA) were well learned by me. Any weak link in a series of functions will impact back and forth. In the service industry it results effect at the point of sale (The customer). This must be diligently, consistently avoided because service is the first creation the product second.

There was a slight detour: A discovery made in 1968; The House of Tarvedus in Plaza Arcade, original and funky, the fruition of my love for colour, a way to individualize and live by all my swearing. There exhibited, Canary yellow crepe cotton shirts, tapered in the body, with balloon sleeves and Nehru collar; silver grey satin shirts with ruffle down the front just for the Dandy man; multi coloured shirts with white French collars and elaborate white French cuffs. Fabulous flairs, grossly exaggerated, flap down fronts with three buttons on each side. And then there were the coats and jackets, and the strings of love beads.

I was the peacock and this my plumage, women were attracted and men envious, but men found it easier and more satisfying to foster this state of mind rather than change and dress up for the girls pleasure, still the standard dress ruled the way. They remained more concerned about rebukes and condemnations from mates and less akin to the opposite gender. This strengthened my resolve to avert standard dress; so, I donned love beads, they worked like a magnet and were gifted randomly and won love but mostly for a single night, some times a week and far less times for a few months.

Advancing to more sophisticated plumage, the love beads made way for vivid silk ties, balloon sleeves were reincarnated as French cuffs adorned with timeless pieces of miniature jewellery (cufflinks). The Nehru collar for the French collar, and, then came the suit, standard as it is, but to avert standard dress; the tie, vivid, expression ate, a statement of individuality, rebellion, the epitome of male self expression, this is not standard dress.

But at the end of the day, the sun sets, the colours shine through, they rein true; a fervent quest to avoid standard dress (requirements)? What is required?

It is not so much living in the past, it is how you flavour it in the present, bitter or sweet; my past was very colourful in every aspect of the word; these intangibles are now materialized in the designs I create and produce, colourful, sweet and cheerful, par for the essence; ingredients of life.

So to bring the past to fruition sweetly a new silk route in the creation, from England, Italy, Korea, Laos, China to Australia to the wider world; Bow ties, Silk ties, pocket squares representing all the finer things that men wear as plumage. I carry on the tradition of averting standard dress modestly and humbly.

Espadrilles are a latest trend in the world of fashion footwear. These wonderful casual shoes were originally worn by the people in the Pyrenees of Spain and France and were made of rope and canvas. They are highly comfortable and go well with various fashions. Today, these shoes have rubber soles that resemble rope but are long lasting. Some espadrilles have ties or bows around the ankle or the toe. Most espadrilles have the traditional, closed canvas uppers and flat soles. The espadrille shoes are also available in wedge heels.

Espadrilles are quite popular among the people from the upper middle class. These shoes can often be seen on the sailors' feet. Some espadrilles also sport the traditional stripes of a seaman. These shoes are loved by many as they provide comfort and luxury at affordable prices. They have a charm and aura of their own and despite being low priced, they have a charismatic character and personality that even very high priced deluxe footwear cannot equal. Regardless of what you are wearing, these shoes have the quality to improve your elegance. These shoes are quite versatile and give you that typically carefree look that typifies the Spanish word manana.


All the espadrilles have certain basic features. The upper part of these shoes is usually made of various materials like cotton, cloth, rayon or linen. What makes these shoes different from most other types of footwear is that mainly natural fibres are used to manufacture them rather than the synthetic materials. Woven rope is normally used to make the soles. Traditional espadrilles had limited colours and designs. White natural colour of the jute rope and canvas upper gave the espadrilles its mystique charm. These shoes are highly popular during the summer. The espadrille shoes are generally worn without socks. They can provide your feet with a different look.

Most espadrilles have a common design but they are available in a wide range of colours. If you search these shoes on different websites then you will be able to check the different colours such as blue, black, red, white, brown and many more. These shoes are extremely versatile and suit people from different age groups. These shoes are highly popular among the young adults and the teenagers. The espadrille shoes look great with jeans, shirt or t-shirt. The material of the uppers is available in great variety. There are different funky designs in bold colours. There are stripes and chequered designs. What gives them a different identity is the stitch. The thread is a part of the design aspect and in some designs; contrasting threads are used to stitch the upper to the sole.

Espadrilles are unisex shoes and are designed for both men and women. Women can wear the espadrille shoes with different types of outfits. These shoes are highly unique and fashionable. These shoes can be great to increase your fashion statement. These shoes are especially wonderful to wear throughout the spring and the summer. Since the canvas stretches to mould the feet and the heel is also designed to follow the contours of the underside of the fit what you get is comfort.


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