In a recent article I put together on Australia’s top tailors, I mentioned that Patrick Johnson played a powerful role in influencing a generation of menswear enthusiasts, not just in Australia but across the globe.
The P Johnson aesthetic has, in my opinion, always been the key driving force behind the brand’s success. Interestingly, that aesthetic extends beyond the garments to Tamsin’s influence and fastidious attention to details – a winning combination that makes the experience as important as the product.
In the latest P Johnson look book, the team has progressed beyond the brand’s traditional house style to something seemingly more casual, in design and presentation. Sprezzatura (gosh that word has been butchered), the concept of a certain nonchalance around one’s presentation, appears to have taken a new form, one of suggested laziness almost.
Practicality and ease of wear, are two themes that excite me a lot, and two themes that will take the menswear trend to its next stage of evolution, but with those I fear will come a new trend of augmented carelessness, and with it a plethora of menswear goons trying their hardest to fabricate it.
There’s no doubt in my mind that P Johnson is the brand to take Australian men into the next stage of casual tailoring, and this collection of luxurious lightweight, Tuscan constructed garments is a step in the right direction.