Australia is the new Sweden

For years, I’ve been singing the praises of Swedish style, based on my unabashed love for labels like J. Lindeberg, Acne, Our Legacy and Red Collar Project.  Well, a new isolated land mass known for it’s blondes is giving Sweden a serious run for its money for the title of Most Stylish Yet Completely Out of the Way Place: Australia.

For the past few seasons, Aussie brands like Chronicles of Never and Stolen Girlfriends Club (pictured above ), have been churning out interesting, wearable menswear that is helping to build a name for the country as a style destination.  Like their Scandinavian brethren, most Australian designers favor a skinnier fit, but tend to also throw in bursts of color or irreverent details that are distinctively Australian.  The overall effect is artfully disheveled and effortlessly cool.  While established names like Ksubi continue to build fans around the world, lower-profile labels like Claude Maus are finding niche audiences eager to import a little flavor up from Down Under.

Take a look at some more selections from a few stand-out Aussie designers below.

*Ed. note: So, Stolen Girlfriends Club is actually based in New Zealand.  Apologies…

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