We breathed a sigh of relief when we first discovered menswear label, Saint Augustine Academy. Since its inception in 2002, the Sydney-based team has risen to cult-status among individuals with a keen eye for sophistication and intelligent design. Playing on the lifestyle of a modern rock-and-roll star, the designers at Saint Augustine Academy are heavily inspired by the rock nouveau ethos that surrounded bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain. While slim fits and skinny ties are nothing new to the scene, the label keeps it fresh with edgy designs only a true whisky-consuming dandy would love.
Designers Alvin Manalo and Adrian Amores met in the mid-'90s while studying economics at Macquarie University (not exactly feeling destined for fashion design). As chief designer, Alvin had no fashion design skills before beginning the label, but has since created consistently contemporary and sought-after designs each season.
You can pick up the collection at their Flagship Store in Sydney or online at Revolve Clothing.