Men's Lifestyle


September 2017

Shut Up & Take My Money is a new magazine that discovers the world’s coolest brands, products and people. Whether you’re looking for a gift or to spoil yourself, Shut UP & Take My Money will be essential reading for those in the know.

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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

n the past five months we’ve had the great pleasure of Shut Up & Take My Money being nominated in Mumbrella’s Publish Awards for Best New Publication in Australia. Whilst we may be up against Tits & Tackle and Modified Stairlift Monthly, I do feel blessed that popularity contests still exist, even for terminally ill industries like print. Regardless, we’ve bucked the trend, rolled the dice again and now present to you Shut Up & Take My Money, Issue Two, the Summer Of Ginge edition. I couldn’t be more proud of our team for their commitment to the enduring cause. Since we last caught up we’ve travelled to New York, Bermuda, San Francisco and even Alice Springs. I don’t tell you this to boast, rather to highlight the importance of travel when…

3 min.
smooth operator

Hats off to Britain’s finest fashion visionary, Paul Smith, with his fall 2017 collection a clever interplay of tradition and innovation. Embedding his quirky sensibilities and love of fine vintage tailoring, we get an epic fusion of the old and new, timeless and trendy all at once. Paul’s collection resurrects his old-school hallmarks: his 70’s eye for color, traditional fabrics and English trimmings, but he also cleverly lends some funky hints of modernity. Creating clothes that famously evoke the motto, “classic with a twist”, there’s both an effortless wearability and refinement about the designs. He’s essentially a trendsetter who can set the bar modestly, without all the fuss and loftiness that goes along with its caliber-- it’s showy but not snobby. Paul finds his aesthetic inspiration from everything and anything, channeling ideas…

2 min.
john elliott

They say there’s no such thing as an overnight success story, but John Elliott comes remarkably close. Since launching in 2012 and debuting his first collection in 2013, the American designer has won critical acclaim, fashion industry awards, and an elite celebrity following. GQ named him one of the best new designers in America in 2014. In 2015, he presented his first collection at New York Fashion Week for an audience that included Kanye West. In 2016, he was nominated for the prestigious CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear. That brings us to 2017. The once-cult label has officially gone mainstream. John Elliott clothing is stocked in a number of the world’s most respected retailers, including Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman, and makes frequent appearances in fashion’s biggest publications. Despite his indisputable success, Elliott maintains…

2 min.
124 shoes

A fresh concept in footwear retail, 124 redefines the ‘new classic’ with a commitment to quality construction and exclusive contemporary styles. “We are excited to introduce a range for men and women which has been strategically sourced from factories that still embrace artisan craftsmanship and pay particular attention to premium grade leathers and finishes,” say founders Anthony Barbieri and Neville Colaianni. “Our handpicked range pays homage to contemporary styling from respected designers and manufacturers such as Antonio Maurizi, Ink, Conflict For Interest, and many more.” Barbieri and Colaianni founded 124 to fill a void in the Australian shoe market. Frustrated with the widening gap between luxury labels and mass-produced brands, they curated a collection of shoes sourced from Italy’s finest footwear manufacturing regions, where second and third generation manufacturers still embrace traditional…

2 min.
the boy of summer

Business ideas that grow to command GDP 23 million in revenue are often born from the most peculiar of places. In Adam Brown’s case it was from a state of undress that led him to the creation of the wildly popular men’s swimwear label known as Orlebar Brown. Poolside 2005 was the setting and the sun was beaming down on Rajasthan where Brown, a photographer at the time, was holidaying with a group of friends. When it came time to transition to lunch the men were required to change out of their swimwear in order to look presentable for the venue - a minor hassle which would barely warrant a second thought for most. It was this realisation from Brown however that would see an inconvenience become an opportunity. He noticed…

7 min.
business ignorance is bliss

David Gandy and Michael Fassbender. If there was ever a way to commodify summer, Brown had discovered it. he rise of Orlebar Brown is an intriguing story that comes with a touch of blatant disregard for the old school of business. Brown is a creative at heart who admittedly sucks at being a “process person” or “that guy who can scan a sheet of numbers and say, ‘yeah, that’s alright’”. The Notting Hill local didn’t even have a business plan to begin with when he launched the label. What he’s proven though is that he’s very capable of stepping into an industry that he has no place in without all of the noise that often comes with entrepreneurship. “I think ignorance is bliss. I had no experience in retail, no experience in…