What’s up, guys? I’m Brian Sacawa, you’re
watching He Spoke Style, and today I am doing a try-on and review of a new brand
from Australia called Informale. [MUSIC] Okay so a quick table
of contents for the video before we get started. First, I’ll talk a little bit
about the brand itself. Then we’ll try on each of the individual pieces so you can
see the fit, style, and details. After that I’ll put together some outfits so you
can see the pieces actually styled. And then we’ll wrap things up with the
verdict. So Informale is a new brand from
Australia. Started in 2018. The idea behind this brand was to create quality
casual clothing. And I would go a little further than that and say from my own
perspective that it’s not just quality casual clothing but it’s clothing that
puts a little more of a sartorial or stylish flair on what really are casual
basics. Everything is made in Melbourne, typically in limited quantities. The
brand is really focused on supporting sustainable businesses and also to be a
part of the process all the way from the design phase to the actual manufacturing.
Fabrics. Fabrics are a huge part of what Informale is all about. Only natural
fibers and classic fabrics from the worlds of tailoring, sportswear, and workwear. And the fabrics are sourced from right there in Melbourne and also
England and Italy. Now, design. As I mentioned, all of these pieces are really
versions of casual basics. You’ve got shorts, trousers, and jackets, which is
pretty much the entire range of what Informale offers. These are casual,
relaxed, sartorial, and cut in what I would call a classic style in the
old-school sense. And you’ll see what I mean when I try these on, which is going
to happen right now. First up, we have the S005 linen drawstring shorts. 100%
linen from England. Elastic waist with a drawstring. Zip fly. Double reverse pleats.
Two welted pockets in the back. I am wearing a size 32 here. The cut is full.
The fit is loose. And these are meant to be worn much higher on the waist. I wear
them pretty much right at or a little bit above my belly button. One thing to
note is that I do have these rolled up twice. It’s
what they recommend. I recommend it as well. Otherwise they are definitely a
little too long. I might even make the cuff a little bit bigger. And also I have
ironed a crease into them to give it a little bit more of a tailored look. Next,
we have another pair of shorts. These are the S011 safari shorts shown
here in olive. 100% cotton twill from England. And again high-waisted and meant
to be worn that way. They have a double buckle on the front, which along with the
double forward pleats really gives it that sartorial touch. Quick sidenote:
forward pleats, more typical of English tailoring. Reverse pleats, more typical of
Italian tailoring. These shorts have a button fly with horn buttons. Two patch
pockets on the back with horn button closures. Cut is full with a looser fit.
And again I have done a double roll with a crease in the leg. Up next, trousers.
These are the T005 linen drawstring trousers in stone.
Basically the trouser version of the shorts. 100% linen from England. Elastic
waistband with drawstring. High rise. Zip fly. Double reverse pleats. Two welted back
pockets. Loose cut. Wider leg. And you will notice that I do have these rolled up
twice. We’ll show you the length with them unrolled and you can definitely see that
they look much better on the shorter side with a cuff.
I would even entertain the idea of having these cuffed by my tailor, but
that would definitely take a little bit of the casualness out of them. Final
garment is the amazing SJ02 safari jacket done in collaboration with
Craftsman Clothing. Absolutely phenomenal piece. 100% linen. Four exterior patch
pockets with box pleat and flap with horn buttons. Five buttons on the front.
All horn. It comes with a belt and buckle. You can choose to buckle it or tie it. I
prefer to tie it if I’m going to wear the belt. But it also looks great without
the belt. Broad safari collar. Pleated sleeve at the cuff with a single button
closure. Inverted back pleat. Two interior pockets. And a bemberg lining. It has all
the bells and whistles. The fit is perfect. This jacket gets an A+. Now let’s
actually style some of these pieces. Here are the outfits.
So I consider each one of these garments to basically be a statement piece. And
when you’re wearing a statement piece it’s always best to kind of simplify the
rest of the outfit so that that particular garment is the focus and is
not competing with anything else. Kind of going against that here by pairing the
safari jacket with a safari shorts in ecru. But, you know, I’m attempting na
advanced style move. However, these pieces look great with
simple tops. Nothing is better than a white crew neck t-shirt, in my opinion.
Notice here that I did cuff the shorts but I didn’t crease them in order to
show you the contrast between crease or no crease. Keeping the safari vibes alive
with the Panama hat on top. Datograph on the wrist. And Castaner espadrilles
to anchor the outfit. Next, just swapping out the safari shorts for the trousers
that actually match this jacket for a ful- on safari suit. Again, white crew
neck t-shirt. Panama hat on top. And switching the espadrilles out for some
tan leather sneakers. This is a great vacation look. I would totally wear this
out to dinner at a resort or for cocktails. Next up we have the olive
safari shorts. I decided to quote-unquote dress this up a little more by wearing a
button-up shirt. This is linen by Michael Andrews Bespoke. Completely necessary to
roll up the sleeves here. If they’re down it just looks too dressy. Plus, if you’re
wearing shorts you really don’t want to have long sleeves even if the shirt is
linen. And then on the bottom here, the black suede Belgian shoes. Breaking my
own statement piece rule here again with the wild printed shirt paired with the
navy drawstring linen shorts. I think it works here though because the shorts are
darker. Cuffing the legs, very important. Panama hat up top. Black espadrilles.
Again, this is a vacation outfit. Going on vacation soon, so that’s where my mind is
at. Finally, a casually tailored all linen look, featuring the stone trousers
paired with a light blue linen band collar shirt, which is from J.Crew. I
threw on my white baseball cap by Vilebrequin to dress it down or kind of
embrace the casualness of the look. And then sort of throwing a little bit of a
wrench into that by finishing it off with black suede Belgian shoes. Now for
the verdict. So, to be honest, when I got the shipment, opened it up, and tried the
stuff on, my first reaction was I don’t think I can pull this look off. I’ve worn
higher waisted stuff before but this is much higher. The cut is much more
generous and looser than what I’m used to. I loved the shots of Steve, one of the
founders of Informale, that I saw on their Instagram as well has his own
personal Instagram. But I was just not convinced seeing myself in the mirror
for the first time. So I did actually DM Steve on Instagram and say, man, I really
don’t know about this. I’m not sure about the fit. So he asked me to actually send
him a couple of photos so that he could assess, much in the same way as if I had
been in the showroom. So these are the photos that I sent to him and he was
actually extremely pleased with the fit. Said it looked exactly like it should.
And encouraged me to spend a little more time before kind of making a final
judgment about whether or not I really couldn’t pull it off. I also tried them
on for Robin and I was actually prepared for her to not like them at all because
the style is so different than what I usually wear. But much to my surprise, she
loved them and even made a comment that the trousers, in particular, reminded her
of the style of trousers that Cary Grant wore in To Catch A Thief. So, long story
short, I took Steve’s advice. I tried them out a little more and, and he was right.
The style grew on me. I got used to seeing myself in the style. And I came to
really, really love these garments. The style of these pieces is very unique.
Maybe not for everyone. But I would say that if you like the way they look, it’s
definitely worth giving it a shot. Now beyond the style factor of these
garments, I have to say that the fabrics are top-notch. The construction is
amazing. And they are extremely, extremely comfortable. And that is what Informale
is all about, in my opinion. You have great styling, amazing comfort, quality
fabrics, and excellent construction. As a result of all that, price is on the
higher side. Linen shorts are around $155. Safari shorts, $162. Linen trousers, $196. And
safari jacket is $510. This is a wonderful casually tailored or sartorially casual
brand well worth checking out and giving a try. So I’m really interested to
know what you guys thought about Informale. Leave your comments down below. I
will put links to the Informale website as well as their Instagram down
below as well as links to all of the garments mentioned in this video. And, as
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