News – Festival of 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



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.

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 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 on Steve

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.


Article courtesy of Your Review Magazine


Festival of Steve


Festival of Steve

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.

Festival of Steve

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.”

Festival of Steve

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.


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!


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.

Gerry 1

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

Gerry 3

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.