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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jim Thompson, Designer of Three Over One, Sydney

Describe the Three Over One brand…
Three Over One is influenced by a British working man’s wardrobe from the 1930’s and 40’s and vintage American sportswear. The collection has a rugged and relaxed elegance with an appreciation of the attitudes, style, quality and workmanship of the past. 

Why pleated denim?
I like to wear high waisted pleated pants as I guess I am somewhat nostalgic in my style, looking back to a time when I feel that men dressed more elegantly.

From a design standpoint, I incorporated these pants into my line because I wanted to revisit classic work wear styles (the pleat front detailing and the relaxed high waisted silhouette came from a 1930’s vintage naval pant) but execute them in a more modern way (hence using a lightweight denim fabric).

Describe "Sydney Style"
Relaxed, laid back and never taking itself too seriously.

The OZ style currently has what I would best describe as an “80’s electro in the sun, mixed with gothic rock” vibe. This look includes the skinny jeans in very distressed rip and repair finishes, oversized tees with bold simple graphics, short vintage board shorts and of course the obligatory Havaianas thongs with injections of strong bright color throughout.

Is there an Australian Style Icon?
For me it has to be Errol Flynn.

What inspires design in Sydney?
Sydney style is heavily influenced by the warm climate and living by the ocean. This results in a more relaxed, colorful and laidback style, that has an emphasis on casual wear.

What country has the biggest design influence on Australian designers?
I feel a strong influence from the US, in both culture and design.

Are there any American brands you are into?
I really like what Adam Kimmel, Band of Outsiders and Engineered Garments are doing. The mixture of heritage styling and modern design really appeals to me.

Comments on "Jim Thompson, Designer of Three Over One, Sydney"


Blogger Simone said ... (6:13 PM) : 

There's that gingery man again...falling further in love after reading background...sigh


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:13 PM) : 

and you shot him in front of the best skin&hair care australia has produced: Aesop. great product and great store design. ilse crawford designed/styled the london store:

and the brown bottle store in adelaide:

sorry, couldnt go past letting the rest of the world know how great the product is!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:45 PM) : 

Any man who is inspired by 1940's style and vintage American is absolutely acceptable by all of my standards! :)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:52 PM) : 

Id love to know what kind of equipment you use- i mean you surely cannot run around with a big stativ all the time?
And do you actually work on the finished photo (e.g. photoshop)?


Blogger Carissa said ... (8:32 PM) : 

i prefer pleated denim on a man to a woman, i like him


Blogger MAISON CHAPLIN said ... (9:10 PM) : 

That's weird, i don't find him that british style, but yes something like australian, dont know...


Blogger heathen said ... (9:35 PM) : 

I love the Three Over One aesthetic! So awesome you got some time with him.


Anonymous Sydneysider said ... (9:36 PM) : 

Perfect description of what inspires Sydney design


Blogger StyleSpy said ... (9:48 PM) : 

Dreamy AND into fashion? Oh, please tell me he's straight, oh please oh please oh pleaseohpleaseohpleeeeeeeease!


Blogger diane said ... (11:33 PM) : 

I really like this guy. He's very straight forward, and his style reflects that.


Blogger chicmuse said ... (12:54 AM) : 

adam kimmel and band of outsiders just rock this season. loved the collections.



Blogger Welcome said ... (1:08 AM) : 

His description of Sydney style is dead-on.
Though you may want to change the word "Thong" to "Thongs", because in case you weren't aware, he's referring to what Americans call 'Flip-Flops'.


Blogger The Swexican said ... (4:13 AM) : 

*love at first pleat*

please god, let him be single and straight. i'll be your riveting rosie.


Blogger JamieDOTBall said ... (5:33 AM) : 

inspiring and wonderful. love


Blogger joshylola said ... (6:10 AM) : 

Nice blue chemise


Blogger Gladys said ... (7:02 AM) : 

Way to gooooO!!!


Blogger stephanie-sarah said ... (9:00 AM) : 

wow he's absolutely spot on about sydney style, it is generally VERY ELECTRO... a bit too much actually.


Blogger Ashley said ... (9:01 AM) : 

I like the wide leg jean rolled up the way he has. It looks like something that could have been worn in the '40s or '50s.


Blogger pete v said ... (9:18 AM) : 

genuine style. the pleats would be a bit dowdy on me, though.


Anonymous Cynthia Maniglia said ... (9:26 AM) : 

How about what does the name "Three Over One" mean? (Three colors over one color? 3/1? That's a printing reference - I know because I'm in advertising. But it could be something else.)


Blogger Bahrain Fashion said ... (9:31 AM) : 

Very refined yet comfy.



Blogger Mr Brown said ... (9:45 AM) : 

Trickers Ahoy!

See also Albam (London) and Old Town (Norfolk).


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:01 PM) : 

I think it's great that you've been able to find such diverse styles and expressions down under! In my experience as a Swede living in Sydney the "relaxed look" as Jim is describing tended to take over and become a bit boring. Especially for a Swede as I hope you have experienced up here in the North! :) Next time be brave and step outside the box, welcome to my hometown of Gothenburg! I promise you won't be dissapointed!


Blogger Rally said ... (9:20 PM) : 

wow, another person who dress like me...higher waisted pants, w/pleats...comfort! yeah!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:23 PM) : 

humphrey bogart always wore those high-waisted pants with his shirt sleeves rolled up. and i have always found it sexy but you have to have a particular body type for it. i don't think it works on very slim men. a broader chest looks best. i would love to see this same vintage workwear inspiration in a women's line. think rosie the riveter. -k8b8


Anonymous Skateboard B said ... (11:12 PM) : 

he looks like the kind of man that can punch through solid steel but be gentle enough to cradle a newborn child....there is only one other man that fits this description and i am sure Mr. Thompson knows who he is...Legends!


Blogger pixie said ... (6:37 AM) : 

This look is one my BF loves. I don't like these pants on women but on some men they look good. I love nostalgia and 40's and relaxed style. He's got a great look.

More classic so right up my alley.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:09 PM) : 

Can a brother get a URL? 'Cause I can't find it and I want dem pance.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:30 PM) : 

does anyone know where three over one is stocked in sydney?


Blogger Kent Johnson said ... (2:08 AM) : 

I am going to go and find his shop. I love his sense of style.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:33 AM) : 

Interesting comment on australian style - it's not really like that everywhere - melbourne now is much more european and subtle than that, the style he said is what was in here a while ago


Blogger Tess said ... (1:57 AM) : 

Yay! Go Aussie!! Aww I'm feeling a little proud.


Blogger Kenyatte said ... (4:23 PM) : 

I love the blue on blue and I enjoy seeing denim the way it was intended...durable and casual.

Make it an Outstanding Day!

- Kenyatte


Blogger thea said ... (8:38 PM) : 

Good old fashioned gingery sexy MAN man. I like it... simple. to the point. looks like a dad somehow. Oh how we read into things...



Anonymous Wade Nichols said ... (6:20 PM) : 

Jim Thompson, the "Thai silk king" is alive and well, and living in Australia???

He looks amazingly young for someone who's 103 years old!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:14 AM) : 

He's hot. He looks MANLY.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:21 PM) : 

Sydney? Style?


Blogger grace said ... (11:48 AM) : 

Nice shot! are you a digital photographer? you got a good angle dude.Nice!


Blogger Aaron said ... (1:42 AM) : 

hi, i really like the style. where is the shop in sydney? i'd like to go have a look when i get a chance. is it very expensive? a.


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