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April 1st, 2016 — Festival of Steve

Presenting the event for the fourth time, the Festival of Steve is hosted by City Precinct and supported by City of Melbourne, and gathers designers, retailers, purveyors of classic merchandise, stylists and outfitters to rejoice in being a thoroughly modern gentleman.

2016 will be the biggest and best Steve yet, with a a new premier location and some fantastic key sponsors who will shine a light on this truly special event. Whether it is fine fashion, footwear, food or frippery, the Festival of Steve offers something for every gent, including The Steve Talks – a series of panel discussions on issues that will elighten and engage the fellows, held in conjunction with the SCORSESE exhibition at ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image) celebrating legendary director Martin Scorsese from 26 May to 18 September, 2016.

The talks schedule is:

• Scorsese Curator Talk. Presented by ACMI in partnership with Festival of Steve

• Scorsese, Style & Masculinity. Presented by ACMI in partnership with Festival of Steve

• The Rise of Men’s Style. Presented by Festival of Steve in partnership with Executive Style

The event also offers tastings of some of Victoria’s finest food and beverage, and the chance to meet some of those that keep we fellows primped, preened and perfectly presented.

2016 Exhibitors include:

Fortis Green - There’s more to the creation of a men’s dress sock than the general wearer could imagine, but Fortis Green founder Ray Willmoth, who spent almost a decade in the UK men’s accessories business, aims to redefine the term ‘affordable luxury’ with his collection. With an almost fanatical obsession with perfecting ‘the ultimate dress sock’ Ray had spent over a year designing, sampling and testing before Fortis Green was launched.

Carl Navè – Carl Navè encompasses the very best in fine tailoring with refreshing, contemporary detail, inspired by his work alongside 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 tomeasure fitting experience. With an emphasis on style, fit and comfort, Carl Navè understands and caters to your individual needs.

Lord Coconut - Stocking over 600 individual jewellery pieces and representing over 40 Melbourne and interstate jewellers, artisans and designers, the undeniably unique Lord Coconut is Melbourne’s only retailer, gallery, and online boutique selling contemporary jewellery designed exclusively for men. Whether it is a pair of cufflinks, wedding rings, tie accessories or fob chains, Lord Coconut has something for every man.

Styled by Sally – Stylist for Men Sally Mackinnon is Melbourne’s leading men’s personal stylist. Sally knows that men can feel just as confused about fashion and trends as women. She also knows that they’re not quite as likely to discuss it over a beer with their mates. As a Men’s Style Consultant with almost 10 years of experience, Sally recommends wardrobe, shopping and fashion advice that is clear and easy to implement. Sally has a passion for fashion and a love of helping people look their best by taking into consideration their body type, lifestyle, personality, personal style and budget.

Men’s Biz– Boasting a team of experts who hand-pick a curated selection of best-in-class men's shaving, skincare, hair care, fragrances and grooming accessories from around the world. The diverse range spans from the traditional to the modern - from affordable through to high-end luxury. Never content, Men’s Biz continue to seek out the best and are always adding to and refining their product range. When you buy something from them, the service doesn't end when your package arrives at your door. Men’s Biz offer an Australian warranty on most of their hardware items and will be here to help should you ever need them.

Mr Wares- Mr Wares offers well-crafted gift ware, home ware and accessories sourced from throughout Australia and across the globe. Mr Wares seeks quality-based products from specialist manufacturers with proud and ongoing commitments to craftsmanship, utility, sustainability and socially responsible practices. Mr Wares values contemporary heirlooms over disposable fashion; classic designs, crafted using traditional techniques, guaranteed to enrich contemporary living with a moment of joy or a lifetime of service.

This free to attend festival will be announcing some exciting new details as the time ebbs ever closer, including a new ambassador for the 216 festival and a competition to find the 2017 Festival’s “Steve’.

The Festival of Steve is for fellas, about fellas, basking in a little masculinity and supporting local Melbourne traders. Ladies of course, are welcome.

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