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Foreign Correspondent: Street-Style Photographer Giuseppe Santamaria on the Sydney Menswear and Food Scene


This week's style report comes to us from Sydney art director and menswear photographer Giuseppe Santamaria.

Name, occupation: Giuseppe Santamaria, art director and photographer for Sunday Life Magazine

Location: Sydney, Australia

How he got his start: I attended Humber College in Toronto for advertising and graphic design, and after graduating I did an internship at V Magazine in New York. I took a gap year with some friends in Australia, which turned into seven years. Before moving on to The Sun Herald Sunday Life Magazine, I worked for various publications here in Sydney, such as Russh and Virgin Australia Magazine.

I started my street-style blog, Men in This Town (four recent photos below), three years ago as a way for me to practice photography. The site has since grown more than I could have imagined.

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His personal style: I tend to go with basics like polos and jeans, but I love to add accessories to make the look a little more fun. I don't leave home without my camera and one of my wide-brimmed hats.

On Sydney menswear trends: Gone are the singlets (one-piece swimsuits) and thongs (flip-flops)—we're taking notes from Mother England and going for more tailored and sartorial looks. Linen jackets, pleated shorts, and loafers have become the uniform of choice, as we have warm weather all year round.

On life in Sydney: The city is naturally laid-back. There's a time for work, but once 5:30 hits, you head to a pub or have dinner by the beach. Friends come over for a bite if you're a homebody. There isn't a constant need to get the next best thing; we're more about being happy with life right now.

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On Sydney's culinary scene: Food here is as multicultural as it gets—Thai, Japanese, and Chinese are big. A great place to eat is Santa Barbara in Kings Cross. It's a mix of classic American food with Asian flavorings.

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The Roosevelt in Potts Point is a great Prohibition-era cocktail bar. The staff dresses in suspenders and bow ties, and the drinks are made at your table—they mix fire and liquid nitrogen like a science experiment.

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I also frequent Ampersand coffee shop in Paddington; it doubles as a secondhand-book shop and has a great atmosphere.

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On Sydney shops and designers: I visit Incu a lot. It carries great brands like A.P.C., Folk, Rag & Bone, and its house label, Weathered.

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Melbourne shoe shop Beggar Man Thief has a large selection and an eye for detail.

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Aussie label Vanishing Elephant is doing some fun things with menswear. It's catering to Australia's warmer climates by creating traditional tailored looks with lighter fabrics and tropical, oversize, bright prints.

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And a company called From Britten P/L has been a bit more innovative in its latest collection, with monochromatic, multitoned suits in interesting cuts and a mix of fabrics.

—Follow Giuseppe Santamaria on the Details Style Network.

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Also on Details.com:
Foreign Correspondent: Savile Row Stylist Daniel Johnson on London Style Trends and Nightlife
Foreign Correspondent: Footwear Designer Christian Kimber's Stylish Guide to Melbourne
Foreign Correspondent: Melinda Gloss' Rémi de Laquintane on Paris Style and Nightlife

Photos courtesy of Giuseppe Santamaria, Santa Barbara, The Roosevelt, Vanishing Elephant, Incu Clothing.
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