Steve’s Journal – Festival of Steve

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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.


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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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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.