Steve – Festival of Steve

By: Steve

February 8, 2018

Steve is back in 2018

We are please to announce The Festival of Steve will be returning to The Kelvin Club for the 6th year in a row!

Details to follow but save the date:

02 June, 2018.

Festival of Steve is returning to Melbourne

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NIKKI ESCALANTE

Dust off your suits, gentlemen.

Festival of Steve is making its fifth return to Melbourne this Saturday, setting up shop at the Kelvin Club.

Think of it as a one-day menswear market, covering everything from tailored suits to grooming kits, shoe-shining stalls and all things dapper.

Presented by City Precinct, the free event will see the otherwise exclusive Kevin Club open its doors to the public.

First timers can expect a line-up of local designers, retailers and stylists that celebrate the ‘modern gentleman’.

Australian favourites Article By Courtney Holm (A.BCH), Kimshu, Noble by Noble, Melbourne Watch Co, MET Designs and Trimley and Wawa Chocolatier will make their festival debut this year.

Meanwhile, old faithfuls like Carl Navè – Individually Tailored, Men + Co, Farrah Life Equipment, Fortis Green Apparel, Lord Coconut and Men’s Biz will join the program once more.

Free food and wine tastings will also be on offer

throughout the day.

As a supporter of Beyond Blue, the festival will accept donations on arrival.

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Festival of Steve
Kelvin Club
14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne VIC
Saturday June 3
11am – 6pm
Free entry

The Festival of Steve 2017 is excited to be joined this year by Triple World Billiards champion Robby Foldvari.

Robby-Foldvari

Robby is a legend in the world of Billiards. Check out just some some of his achievements:

  •  Triple World Billiards Champion
  • Twice Australian World Cup Snooker Captain
  • Fox Sports Television Commentator
  • Current Australian Open 8 Ball Champion
  • Sports Hall of Fame Inductee – Monash University
  • Oceania No 1 ranked 9 Ball Pool Player 2015,2014,2013
  • Australian Open 10 Ball Champion 2013
  • Former Australian Snooker Champion
  •  ‘A’ grade World Professional Billiards & Snooker Assn Coach
  • Australian Sports Commission Coach

Checkout Robby in action here!

Robby will be hosting a Pool competition the year in The Kelvin Club’s legendary Billiards room. You don’t want to miss this!

First “break” at 2.30pm.

You can read more about Robby here

May 24, 2017

Mooncrew.com on Steve

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Dapper Man Melbourne

By Sam Diamond

The Festival of Steve

On Saturday, June 3 The Festival of Steve sets up shop at the Kelvin Club from 11am- 5pm. The Festival is an annual celebration of Melbourne’s modern men. The Festival of Steve showcases unique designers, retailers, purveyors of classic merchandise, stylists and outfitters that reside within Melbourne to rejoice in being a thoroughly modern gentleman.

2017 is the events fifth year and is hosted by City Precinct and supported by City of Melbourne at The Kelvin Club.

This year exhibitors include dynamic new start ups Article By Courtney Holm (A.BCH), Kimshu, Noble by Boble, Melbourne Watch Co., MET Designs, Trimly and Wawa Chocolatier as well as the return of Festival of Steve faithfuls such as Carl Nave – Individually Tailored, Farrah Life Equipment, Fortis Green Apparel, Lord Coconut, Mens Biz, Sally Mackinnon – Stylist for Men, Sinkonah Tonic, Little Brixton and The Wondersnack Co.

The Kelvin Club is a private members club formed in 1865 and located 14- 30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne. The Kelvin Clubhouse was originally built in 1873 as a warehouse by JB Watson and served as a radio station for numerous broadcasters before The Kelvin Club took up residency.

The event is free entry and will offer tastings of some of Melbourne’s finest food and beverage as well as give you the chance to chat with those that keep the fellows primped, preened and perfectly presented.

The Festival of Steve and City Precinct support Beyond Blue and donations will be accepted on arrival.

Festival of Steve

A festival for those who appreciate a certain dapper aesthetic

Gents (and ladies who don’t mind a well-tailored pantsuit), lock in your calendar for the Festival of Steve, a celebration of Melbourne’s modern gentlemen. The city’s stylists, retailers, and designers of timeless menswear and lifestyle products will be gathered at festival hub the exclusive Kelvin Club for a day of all things dapper.

Kelvin Club will be turned into a menswear market as the city’s best retailers showcase everything from leather goods to tailored formalwear. This year’s exhibitors include Article By Courtney Holm (A.BCH), Kimshu, Melbourne Watch Co, MET Designs and Wawa Chocolatier as well as Festival of Steve favourites Carl Nave, Farrah Life Equipment, Lord Coconut, Mens Biz and more.

The event is free, however the festival will be accepting donations for Beyondblue on arrival.

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Article courtesy of Your Review Magazine

THE FESTIVAL OF STEVE – MELBOURNE’S ANNUAL MEN’S EVENT

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THE FESTIVAL OF STEVE – MELBOURNE’S ANNUAL MEN’S EVENT

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As the City Precinct oversees a community network of over 100 businesses, the promotion of new and upcoming businesses throughout various industries across Melbourne through events such as the Festival of Steve denotes the organisation’ commitment to providing “opportunities for members to showcase their products and services.’

As a free event, guests are encouraged to network and educate themselves amongst the various industries present at the festival. Whether it be to indulge in the variety of fine food and beverages on offer, or network with some of the leading local brands in Melbourne, the experience will surely leave a lasting impression of creativity and ingenuity.

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Festival of Steve

City Precinct President, Carl Nave, said in a statement that the festival prides itself on creating an environment where men can come together and celebrate a variety of likes and interests that are targeted specifically to them, a place where they feel comfortable to do so.

“It is very important for us to promote our new members and up and coming businesses,” said Carl.

“The festival provides an opportunity for the general public to engage with local traders and artisans whilst the Kelvin Club opens their doors for a one-day-only extravaganza. We see the Kelvin Club as the ultimate man cave and the perfect location for our festival.”

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With the festival celebrating its fifth-year anniversary, the idea for a fashionable venue was settled with none other than the exclusive Kelvin Club in Melbourne Place being chosen to host the 2017 event.

“We see the Kelvin Club as the ultimate man cave and the perfect location for our festival,” says Carl, “and this year we are thrilled to have the likes of ABCH, Little Brixton, Kimshu and Melbourne Watch Co as well as for the first time showcasing a small selection of rare and vintage sports cars, thanks to our good friends at Motorclassica.”

Doors will open at the Kelvin Club at precisely 11 am in the morning on June 3 and will remain open until 5 pm that same the evening. So without further ado, if you’re looking for an undivided event topped with inclusive perks such as complimentary shoe shining experience, and the chance to taste the finest food and experience some the finest beverages in town, the festival is definitely an event not to miss. The full program of the festival is available below.


JUNE 3 FESTIVAL PROGRAM


11 am – Doors open to the public – Come in and see what’s on show from Festival of Steve’s eclectic mix of exhibitors.

12 pm – 1 pm – Complimentary shoe shining – brought to you by Fortis Green Shoeshine.

1 pm – Tastings begin – Enjoy a selection of beers, wines and spirits from our sponsor’s Vantage, Colonial, Six Foot Six and Bertie Cider.

2 pm – Rare and vintage cars – Pop down to the laneway outside the Kelvin Club to check out a selection of rare and vintage cars.

2.30 pm – Pool competition – sign up on the day and be in to win a goodie bag worth over $250

5 pm Doors Close – that’s it, folks, see you next year!


For more information about the Festival of Steve, click here.

Thanks Tri Edition!

MEN’S BIZ: THE CLEAN SHAVE

Firstly, a special thanks to the Festival of Steve for organising the visit to Men’s Biz! Also a shout-out to Liam and Brian for being such amazing hosts!

In collaboration with the Festival of Steve, Men’s Biz hosted a special session for a haircut or a hot towel shave. At the time, I recently got a haircut so I went for a shave. I know what you’re thinking, and it’s probably down the line of how Brian, the barber, reacted: “We’ve never had an Asian came in who can grow a beard!” (HAHA!)

To most gents, this traditional concept of shaving is foreign, especially in the modern age, and they don’t really understand why or how it works compared to shaving at home.

So why go for a hot towel shave? Are there any benefits to it?

As a guy who shaves 3-4 times a week, I can tell you that there is a lot of difference! First of all, the time taken to shave. At home, if we were to take our time, we would take approximately 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, a hot towel shave would take up to 30 minutes. Secondly, most of us don’t have all of the tools for a hot towel shave. Thirdly, not everyone is confident with a straight razor. And lastly, a hot towel shave can result in giving you smooth skin and other health benefits, such as:

  • It softens and opens up your pours;
  • It provides a closer shaver;
  • It helps get rid of any impurities cramped in your skin;
  • It soaks up the steam and heat to moisturise and cleanse your skin.
  • It blocks out unwanted razor burn or redness; and
  • Massaging the skin stimulates the nerves and promotes circulation.

From my personal experience, there is no better shave than able to lie back and relax, getting the cleanest shave and coming out revitalised. It is a practice I’d recommend to every guy to do once or twice a month.

If you haven’t yet experienced a hot towel shave, be sure to book in with your local barber and get that fresh clean shave!

For more, visit Men’s Biz and Festival of Steve.

Photographer: Liam Sardea

Photographer: Liam Sardea

On Tuesday Festival of Steve treated Melbourne based dapper Instagram legend Gerry of @gezzaseyes fame to a shoeshine with Fortis Green Shoeshine at Collins Square’s  weekly ‘Tuesday Shoesday’ event.

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It was then off to Mens Biz at The Royal Arcade for a cut and trim of Gerry’s famous quiff and beard.

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Fortis Green will be shining shoes and Men’s Biz will be displaying all things men’s grooming at The Festival of Steve on 03 June at The Kelvin Club.

Time Out Melbourne April 27 2017

Festival of Steve

Gents (and ladies who don’t mind a well-tailored pantsuit), lock in your calendar for the Festival of Steve, a celebration of Melbourne’s modern gentlemen. The city’s stylists, retailers, and designers of timeless menswear and lifestyle products will be gathered at festival hub the exclusive Kelvin Club for a day of all things dapper.

Kelvin Club will be turned into a menswear market as the city’s best retailers showcase everything from leather goods to tailored formalwear. This year’s exhibitors include Article By Courtney Holm (A.BCH), Kimshu, Melbourne Watch Co, MET Designs and Wawa Chocolatier as well as Festival of Steve favourites Carl Nave, Farrah Life Equipment, Lord Coconut, Mens Biz and more.

The event is free, however the festival will be accepting donations for Beyondblue on arrival.

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Iconic Menswear Blog ‘Man of Many’ showcased The Festival of Steve on their awesome blog yesterday. Check out the article here Man of Many or check it out below.

Festival of Steve is an Annual Celebration of the Modern Man

By Michael Vane in Entertainment on

For one day only, you can gain entry to an exclusive members club without being related to a current member, knowing the secret handshake or braving through a torturous initiation. You can skip all the pain Homer Simpson felt when he was initiated into The Stonecutters. On June 3, Melbourne’s City Precinct will host the annual Festival of Steve, an event that celebrates the modern man by showcasing unique designers, retailers, purveyors of classic merchandise, stylists and outfitters from across Melbourne. The festival is held at the members only The Kelvin Club, one of the oldest exclusive clubs in the city.

This year, exhibitors include dynamic start-ups Article by Courtney Holm, Kimshu, Noble by Boble, Man of Many favourites Melbourne Watch Co., MET Designs, Trimly and Wawa Chocolatier as well as the return of Carl Nave – Individually Tailored, Farrah Life Equipment, Fortis Green Apparel, Lord Coconut, Mens Biz, Sally Mackinnon – Stylist for Men, Sinkonah Tonic, Little Brixton and The Wondersnack Co.

Venue The Kelvin Club is a private members-only club formed in 1865 and located at 14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne. The club was originally built in 1873 as a warehouse for JB Watson and also served as a radio station for numerous broadcasters before The Kelvin Club took up residence. The club held a long history of admitting only males until 1995 when changes to liquor licensing laws opened the doors to female members. To join this exclusive club, one must be referred by a current member, and a seconder, before approval from a committee. However, The Kelvin Club’s doors are open to all for the Festival of Steve.

Festival of Steve will offer tastings of some of Melbourne’s finest food and Beverage as well as giving you the opportunity to chat with those who keep men primped, preened and perfectly presented. Entry to the event is free, but donations to support Beyond Blue will be accepted upon your arrival. We’ll see you at The Kelvin Club June 3 for everything stylish and manly.

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Festival of Steve are excited to announce a selection of rare and vintage cars will be on display in the lane-way outside the Kelvin Club on 03 June. They include this mint condition Alfa Romeo 105.

Vintage cars for the modern man!

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Melbourne’s favorite festival for the man gives you a chance to see inside one of the city’s oldest members only clubs on Saturday, June 3

Festival  of  Steve Melbourne’s favorite festival for the man gives you a chance to see inside one of the city’s oldest members only clubs on Saturday, June 3. The  Festival  of  Steve  sets  up  shop  at  the  exclusive  Kelvin  Club.
The  annual  celebration  of  Melbourne’s  modern  men,  The  Festival  of  Steve   show cases unique  designers,  retailers,  purveyors  of  classic  merchandise,  stylists   and  outfitters that  reside  within Melbourne  to  rejoice  in  being  a  thoroughly  modern   gentleman.  2017  is  the  events  fifth year  and  is  hosted  by  City  Precinct  and   supported  by City  of  Melbourne  at  The  Kelvin  Club.
This  year    exhibitors  include  dynamic  new  start  ups  Article  By  Courtney  Holm   (A.BCH),  Kimshu,  Noble  by  Boble,  Melbourne  Watch  Co.,  MET  Designs,  Trimly   and  Wawa  Chocolatier  as  well  as  the  return  of  Festival  of  Steve  faithfuls such  as   Carl  Nave  -­ Individually  Tailored,  Farrah  Life  Equipment,  Fortis  Green  Apparel,   Lord  Coconut,  Mens Biz,  Sally  Mackinnon  -­Stylist  for  Men,  Sinkonah Tonic,  Little   Brixton  and  The  WondersnackCo.

The  Kelvin  Club  is  a  private  members  club  formed  in  1865  and  located  14-­ 30Melbourne  Place,  Melbourne.  The  Kelvin  Clubhouse  was  originally  built  in   1873  as  a  warehouse  by  JB  Watson  and  served  as  a  radio  station  for  numerous   broadcasters  before  The  Kelvin  Club  took  up  residency.  Female  members  were   only  admitted  into  the  Kelvin  Club  as  a  result of  changes  to  liquor  licensing  laws  in   1995.  Its  is  a  member  only  club  and  membership  is  by  referral  from  a current   member  and  requires  a  seconder  as  well  as  approval  by  the  committee,  however   it’s  doors  will  be  open  to  all  on  Saturday,  June  3.
The  event  is  free  entry  and  will  offer  tastings  of  some  of  Melbourne’s  finest  food   and  beverage  as  well  as  give  you  the  chance  to  chat  with  those  that  keep  the   fellows  primped,  preened  and  perfectly  presented.  The  Festival of  Steve  and  City   Precinct  support  Beyond  Blue  and  donations  will  be  accepted  on  arrival.

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Challenge renowned Chess Master chess coach Carl Gorka at The Festival of Steve this Saturday and if your’e one of the first 3 to beat him you can take home a stylish wooden chess set.

Widely regarded as one of the best chess coaches in Australia, Carl is an English International (rated 2195) who has played international events in a number of countries. In the 10 years he’s been in Australia, he’s helped to start 2 chess clubs, has written commentary for the Victorian Championships and Australian Masters, and has coached Victorian and Australian Junior Champions.
Gorka will take on all challengers in a “Chess Simul” on Saturday from 12 noon – 3pm. Come along and pit your wits against one of Australia’s best players.
With thanks to our friends from Chess World
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26 May, 2016

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Festival of Steve – A day for the modern man. Taxi Riverside, Federation Square, ACMI. Saturday 28 May 2016, 11am-6pm.

Executive Style

Executive Style featured three Festival of Steve Exhibitors; Carl Nave, Fortis Green and That Dapper Chap. Check out the article at the link below.

Festival of Steve champions local traders putting quality first

Jeremy Loadman

Executive Style

May, 25 2016

As global luxury brands saturate the market with an ever-increasing proliferation of goods, smaller producers are smiling quietly to themselves. Why? Overexposure of the big players creates a growing niche for smaller operators who focus on creating exclusive products for a clientele more concerned with quality than labels.

Festival finery

Nowhere is this more evident than in Melbourne’s thriving men’s style community. Capitalising on increasing interest in high-quality and small scale operators, a group of designers, retailers, stylists and outfitters will come together for the fourth annual of the Festival of Steve this Saturday.

“We’ve got so much demand now from people who want to take part,” says organiser Carl Navé, also one of the city’s top tailors.

Sitting in his studio above street level in a 19th century heritage building on Bourke Street, Navé is adamant that while many people simply love to support small business, there’s also a growing movement to seek out the one-on-one service provided by small outfitters. “It’s [about] having my phone number in their phone,” he says.

Keep it special

Melbourne’s CBD fosters a number of small artisanal businesses, but after the collapse of Australia’s clothing manufacturing industry, many are forced to source their products from overseas. Navé has his made-to-measure suits manufactured in both Shanghai and Biella in northern Italy.

It’s [about] having my phone number in their phone.

Carl Navé

That fact aside, Nave says small businesses are managing to stay alive in a fast fashion world by keeping services small and specialised. “I believe there is a rag trade, but it’s a value-added and service-added rag trade,” he says. “What we’re doing is on a much smaller scale than a lot of other businesses.”

Bridging the gap

Right now there are some significant forces playing into the hands of made-to-measure businesses. First, there is the dramatic improvement in suit manufacturing in China and the significant upturn in willingness of European manufacturers to take on small orders from Australian operators. When he first started in 2010, Navé says it was very hard to get the Italians to return his calls, let alone accept his business. Now a different Italian suit maker contacts him on a weekly basis to chase his business.

This is what is most important about a business like Nave’s; it has made overseas craftsmanship highly accessible. A suit made-to-measure in Italy for around $2000 is something every well-dressed chap should celebrate – that is, after making an appointment to get measured up.

Sock it to ’em

A similar willingness to build relationships overseas can be found at Melbourne-based sock company Fortis Green. Founder Ray Willmoth, a former buyer for the UK menswear brand Charles Tyrwhitt, put his experience to good use in creating the best sock possible.

“All of our materials, all of our construction processes, and all of our manufacturing and finishing processes are as good as it gets,” Willmoth says.

“Creating a strong brand is a constant evolution and I’m lucky I have a strong retail grounding to guide me in this process … I’m aware of the pitfalls and I’m very clear about what’s needed in the design, product development and manufacturing stages in order to create something special for our customers.”

Dapper chaps

At the other end of the experience scale to Willmoth, but no less determined, is 22-year-old George Bauer. Along with a couple of colleagues, Bauer runs That Dapper Chap, a small outfit that makes bow ties, pocket squares, ties and cufflinks in Melbourne’s Brunswick East.

To have such a quality accessory made in Melbourne is another reason to support small producers. No doubt Bauer will hope to take few orders at the Festival of Steve.

Executive Style is a media partner of The Festival of Steve, to be held at Melbourne’s Federation Square on Saturday, May 28, 11am–6pm.

 

 

Scorcese

We are thrilled to be working with ACMI and co presenting a range of talks focusing on the works of the great Martin Scorsese.  Throughout the day we will host a curator presentation on the internationally acclaimed exhibition and two talks revolving around style and what it means to be a modern man in Melbourne today.  Tickets are free but limited, and only available on the day.  You will not want to miss on this.

For more details click here,

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The Weekly Review featured Festival of Steve on their front page this week.

The Weekly Review

May, 17, 2016

TOP BLOKES Steve – that well-groomed, well-shod epitome of “man” – is back. This year he’s embodied by entrepreneur and model Nick Bracks as ambassador to Melbourne’s annual celebration of male style. The festival’s new Fed Square location is primed for entertaining Steve Talks (held in conjunction with ACMI’s Scorsese exhibition), and embracing what men want in fashion, food and finery. – See more.

 

 

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Last Thursday May 12, Steve and friends took over Taxi Riverside at Federation Square for a taste of what is to come on May 28.

Guests sampled the delicious treats cooked up by chef Tony Twitchett from Taxi along with the stellar beverages supplied by our sponsors Kaiju Beer, Golden Axe Cider, wines from Sticks Yarra Valley and La Zona King Valley, and of course Starward Whisky, Melbourne’s own local whisky maker.  All of these and more will be available for tasting and purchase on May 28.

Here are some photos from Steve’s night, but we can’t wait to show you more at The Festival of Steve, Saturday May 28.

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We stopped by City Precinct Vice President Carl Nave’s bespoke tailoring studio in Little Bourke street to get his thoughts on what to expect from the big day.

Carl Navè encompasses the very best in fine tailoring with a refreshing contemporary detail inspired by working along side some of Australia’s most respected and talented master tailors and shirt makers.

Combining the art of bespoke with fashion design and textile expertise, Carl Navè offers a unique made-to-measure fitting experience. With emphasis on STYLE, FIT and COMFORT, Carl Navè understands and caters to your unique individual needs.

 

Steve dropped in to visit Mark, proprietor of Lord Coconut on Londsdale St.

Lord Coconut is Melbourne’s only retailer, gallery, and online boutique selling handcrafted contemporary jewellery designed exclusively for men.They stock over 400 individual jewellery pieces, designer cufflinks and wedding rings for men whilst representing over 40 Melbourne and interstate jewellers, artisans and designers.

Lord Coconut will be displayed their sometime weird but always wonderful wares at The Festival of Steve, Taxi Riverside, May 28, 2016.

 

 

 

Steve caught up with Nathan Jancauskas from MENS BIZ to chat about what makes MENS BIZ different, trends in the world of mens grooming and Nathan’s favourite Brands.

With stores in Melbourne and Sydney, and over 2000 products available online, MEN’S BIZ is renowned for their unparalleled range of men’s shaving, skin care, hair care, fragrances and grooming accessories. Their diverse range spans from the traditional to the modern – from affordable through to high-end luxury.

Check them out at The Festival of Steve, Taxi Riverside, 28 May, 2016.

 

Courtesy of Mens Style

We go behind the scenes of Melbourne’s Festival Of Steve, now in its fourth year…

The Festival Of Steve has in past years become a must-attend for Australian men of style. This May 28 it’s set to be bigger and better than ever. We talked to Melbourne City Precinct Vice President Carl Navè about all things Steve.

How did the Festival Of Steve come about?

The City Precinct wanted to develop a festival that focused on artisans and craftsmen in the CBD, along with small businesses based in laneways and on floors above street level, all who are related in some way to men’s grooming, style or fashion.

Why choose the name Steve?

Steve is everyman – we wanted a name that reflected men everywhere. It’s a popular name and we collectively determined that everyone knows a Steve.

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Who’s going to dig it the most?

Festival of Steve is aimed at the modern man and everyone’s interpretation of that. We celebrate men who are well groomed, well shod and well styled – and each man will have a different understanding of this.  So it’s really for everyone who is interested in style.

What are our readers going to get by turning up?

They’ll get a chance to meet and speak with some artisans and craftspeople that they may not otherwise get a chance to get to know.  Those hard-to-find businesses that rely on referrals, and are not high street businesses are represented at the festival, whether they sell grooming products, makes shoes or socks or handcraft bespoke suits, shirts and ties. We have also included a great array of local producers of food and beverage products, because let’s face it, we Melburnians know a thing or two about good food and drink.

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How has the Festival Of Steve evolved in terms of attendance, sponsors and events?

This is our fourth festival and year on year we have grown – so much so that we have outgrown our venue and this year we have moved to Taxi Riverside. Our sponsors, exhibitors and audience grows each year.

What are some of this year’s must-attend events?

The Steve Talks will be presented in conjunction with ACMI and the SCORCESE exhibition opening there at the same time. This year we have “Scorcese, Style & Masculinity” and “The Rise of Men’s Style’

Who are some of the exciting new exhibitors?

This year we are thrilled to be supporting some fantastic new businesses, specifically Farrah – Field Equipment, Curve Cycling, The Practical Man, Rooftop Honey and many more.

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How would you describe the atmosphere?

It’s fun, relaxed and, dare I say, very stylish. We have a bar open selling our sponsors beverages, we have coffee and ice cream.  You can buy a bicycle or you can buy a beer – socks or suits, shirts or shaving products. You can meet stylists and milliners – all there to enjoy the day and have a great time!

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Courtesy of Melbourne Magazine

For a long time now women have dominated the world of clothes, beauty and personal grooming.

Not content to let women grab all the attention, a group of small business owners from Melbourne’s City Precinct put their heads together and came up with a novel way to cater to the shopping needs of men – The Festival of Steve.

The City Precinct is one of eight trader associations funded by the City of Melbourne, whose 140 plus members are all boutique, or niche businesses, often located above awnings or down laneways, rather than on the main streets.

City Precinct Vice President and bespoke tailor, Carl Nave, said their group was looking for a way to promote the variety and quality of men’s fashion, grooming and entertainment found in their precinct, when they realised few events catered specifically to men.

The Festival of Steve, now in its fourth year, is an example of what can be achieved when precinct members work together towards a common goal.

‘It’s all about men’s style and grooming’, said Carl. ‘Men don’t shop in the same way as women, so we’ve created a non-threatening social environment. There are pool tournaments and poker tournaments and all sorts of things. It’s all about supporting local businesses and the people who like spending at local businesses’.

This year’s Festival of Steve will be held at Taxi Riverside, Federation Square, on 28 May, 11am to 6pm.

Applications for funding through the City of Melbourne Precinct Program are open until 20 April.

 

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Courtesy of The Weekly Review

BY Tim Doutre

He’s no stranger to the small screen but Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Splash (remember that one?) aside, Nick Bracks is looking for something more.

The son of Steve, wears many hats, including ambassador for youth mental health project Headspace, an entrepreneur with his own underwear line and a model, but being in front of a different camera is next on his wish list.

“I’m pursuing acting, which I’ve been doing for about a year-and-a-half now,” Nick says.

“I’ve been auditioning and doing classes, so really giving that a push – that’s the big thing I am focused on right now.”

So naturally, we want to know what we’ll see him in? Is he the next Neighbours bad guy? A new toy boy for Nina Proudman in Offspring?

Not yet.

“It takes time like anything, I guess. There’s nothing at the moment to talk about, just a lot of auditions that I got really close in. But I’m really pushing it so hopefully there will be something to talk about in the next 12 months. Hopefully!”

Meanwhile, Nick has taken on a different role. He’s this year’s Festival of Steve ambassador.

“It’s all about embracing what it is to be a modern man in Melbourne. It’s food, it’s fashion, it’s grooming, it’s looking after yourself.

“I think it’s a great event that really embodies the modern lifestyle of a man in Melbourne.”

Nick says keeping a healthy body is where his expertise lies when it comes to the Festival of Steve pillars.

“I come from a sporting background and I’ve always kept fit. I don’t have one day where I don’t do some form of exercise.

“I recommend to anyone to keep active in some way every day. I have suffered from depression in the past and I work actively in that area – that’s been the biggest thing for me in keeping a positive mindset.”

On the fashion side of things, Nick is all about the “Melbourne uniform” – black. “For me, I love black. That’s the main thing I wear.

“I’ve got 10 black T-shirts, I’ve got three pairs of black jeans from Dejour on Sydney Road where  you get custom-made jeans. They’re like 60 bucks and they tailor them on the spot.

“Black jeans, black T-shirt and boots – RM Williams – that’s the Melbourne uniform.”

The Festival of Steve is hosted by City Precinct in partnership with the City of Melbourne to gather designers, retailers, purveyors of classic merchandise, stylists and outfitters at Taxi Riverside on Saturday, May 28.

Ladies are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Keep an eye out for The Steve Talks (in your face, Ted) – a series of panel discussions on issues that will enlighten and engage, held in conjunction with the Scorsese exhibition at ACMI.

Festival of Steve exhibitors include Carl Nave Tailor, Fortis Green socks, Sally Mackinnon – Stylist for Men, Lord Coconut, Men’s Biz and more.

 

 

Lord Mayor

Steve is proud to have the support of the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle.

Message from the Lord Mayor

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Festival of Steve are delighted to announce that Entrepreneur, model, TV personality and mental health advocate Nick Bracks has signed on to be the Festival Ambassador

Bracks has forged a career as model and is the founder of his own Australian underwear label, underBRACKS. He holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Entrepreneurship and has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Splash. He has also worked as Ambassador for Headsapce, a youth mental health project as well as working with Beyond Blue, Movember and En Masse.

“Nick pretty much embodies Steve – he is a modern man who represents the essence of a Steve – an everyday man who cares about how he looks, who can still enjoy a day at the footy and a good night out.” Carl Nave – City Precinct Vice President