Activities – Festival of Steve


Steve Talks 2018

1pm Saturday 2nd June

Kelvin Club

Melbourne Place, Melbourne

Entry FREE

The Casualization of Men’s Fashion ~ is the suit dead?

A panel of dynamic and inspiring speakers will provide plenty to think about over a panel conversation at this year’s Festival of Steve. The Steve Talks covers the controversial topic, ‘is the suit dead?”

With the rise in sports fashion, the increase in casual clothing policies in workplaces, the question of “is the suit dead?” will be hotly debated by a panel of men’s style experts.

Hosted by esteemed fashion editor and writer Damien Woolnough, this year’s Steve Talks features some of Melbourne’s most experienced professionals working in men’s fashion.


Damien Woolnough is the founder and editor of Marry The Man. He has worked as fashion editor for The Australian newspaper and was the first editor of Damien’s writing has appeared in Vogue, GQ, In Style, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and The Australian Financial Review.

Joining Damien for this year’s must-see Steve Talks:

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Men’s Stylist Sally Mackinnon is Melbourne’s go-to stylist for men. Working with men from all walks of life ~ CEO’s, professionals, students, retirees, blokes on the tools ~ Sally helps everyday men look and feel great regardless of their lifestyle and budget. Having worked as a men’s personal stylist for over 10 years, Sally has seen first hand a shift in men’s shopping habits and has some unique insights into the casualization of menswear.


Melbourne tailor Carl Navè works in the heart of Melbourne’s fashion precinct,
offering a unique made-to-measure experience. Combining the art of bespoke with fashion design and textile expertise, each piece is carefully crafted with an emphasis on style, fit and comfort. Carl is one of Melbourne’s most experienced tailors. What does someone who makes suits for a living think of the claim that the suit is dead?


Head Designer at one of Australia’s most iconic and recognizable men’s retailers Calibre, Ty Henschke has a 25-year career in menswear. Having designed for Dangerfield, Roy and his own luxury womenswear label, Ty joined Calibre as the brand’s Head Designer over 11 years ago. Festival of Steve visitors may remember Ty as the expert stylist on Australia’s version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where he gave style advice to the unsuspecting and unfashionable men of Australia!

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Stephen Kotsanlee is the founder of The Young Gent, boasting 40,000+ strong Instagram followers. A young man from Melbourne, Stephen enjoys the ‘preppy’ style of dressing and classic British tailoring, describing it as a visual representation of his English roots. Recognised by the likes of Mr. Porter and Men’s Style Magazine as a menswear influencer and one to watch, Stephen brings a unique perspective to the topic of casual menswear.

Kicking off at 1pm this is a conversation not to be missed!