Fashion

M.J. Bale: Winter 21 Collection Launch

Stirred by the purity of the natural world and the great Australian pre-Impressionist paintings of artists John Glover and Eugene von Guérard, M.J. Bale’s Winter 21 collection is Inspired by Nature.

The Australian-owned menswear brand’s Winter 21 collection includes single-source ‘Kingston’ suits, blazers, and a tuxedo created from Merino wool grown entirely on the conservationist Kingston farm in the northern Midlands of Tasmania. Kingston’s boundaries almost border John Glover’s historic Patterdale farm, where the artist moved in 1832. Glover painted his atmospheric, light-filled landscapes at Patterdale until his death in 1849. Kingston farm is currently nearing the end of its year-long trial with M.J. Bale and sustainable seaweed producer Sea Forest to create a world-first Carbon Neutral Wool.

M.J. Bale has expanded its ‘single-source’ program this season with the 5th generation Ashby farm in the Tasmanian Midlands. Run by the Bennett family, Ashby extrafine Merino wool is used exclusively in five styles of knitwear: cardigans, turtlenecks, crew and V-necks and long-sleeve polo knits.

Working with its Italian weaving partners who are European leaders in sustainability, M.J. Bale has created a new capsule of event outfits. These include a soft velvet blazer in organic cotton woven by 1883 Pontoglio in Bresica, an emerald-green corduroy jacket using organic cotton cloth from Duca Visconti in Milan, and double-breasted wool-silk blazers from the Loro Piana textile mill in Piedmont. For classical tailoring, the centuries-old Vitale Barberis Canonico (VBC) in Biella has woven an elegant range of wool flannel suits in navy and charcoal, as well as for the first time ever pin-stripe woollen blazers crafted from stretch jersey.

M.J. Bale’s navy Saunders wool suit, woven by VBC and the brand’s top selling suit in its 12-year history, gets an active upgrade with a stretch woollen version – perfect for business travel, given its crease-resistant properties.
Woollen overcoats, an M.J. Bale winter staple, return this season in the form of camel, navy and black ‘car coats’ and peacoats, woven from 100% Merino wool with a water-repellent ‘Acqua’ finish. The traditional trench coat, faithful to the 20th century British military original, arrives in classic camel and navy.

Rounding out the Winter collection is M.J. Bale’s Made-to-Move athletic kit, highlighted with the 100% Merino wool base layer tees and half zip tops created from wool sourced entirely from farmers located along the 42nd parallel south in Tasmania. The Made-to-Move collection was launched at the Melbourne Fashion Festival with Parkour athlete, Dominic di Tommaso, and includes new technical jackets, such as the 4-in-1 Harley jacket with ergonomic detachable hood and reversible gilet.