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DNA #91 – Calvo not Klein, August 2007, Pg. 18

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DNA #91, August 2007, Pg. 18

CALVO NOT KLEIN

Meet the man behind Calvo, the playful label that’s
winning a host of fashion fans.

Oscar Calvo has just opened his flagship store in Johnston St, Collingwood, in the heart of, well, not much else. Reminiscent of a hip New York boutique, this Melbourne store is plonked between an old coffee shop and a drycleaners. He’s out in the wilderness, but Calvo style has tapped into what could be the next precinct for the new, the cool and the missing.

Launching his label in 2005, Calvo has developed a dynamic style. There’s not much out there for guys seeking a more stylish look, he reckons, and says his label offers a new take on tailored casuals for men who don’t need a classic suit but already have enough jeans and Ts.

Quality and innovation are the Calvo focus, and all in short runs and detailed cuts so you don’t feel like you’ve just bought into the pack.

Check out the knitwear – pure merino wool pieces perfect for winter and very affordable. Oscar’s signature is the fun striped polo, which makes a refreshing alternative. His quirky take on the hooded bomber is another winner: well made, with obsessive attention to detail and a fun use of colour.

MCV #345 – A passion for fashion, 16 August 2007, Pg. 24

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MCV #345, 16 August 2007, Pg. 24

A passion for fashion

Local designer Oscar Calvo is poised to take on the world from his Collingwood based business, writes Sebastian Leigh.

Founded in 2004, and launching his first collection in March the following year, Melbourne based menswear label Oscar Calvo is set to shake up this monochromatic city of ours.

“I use a lot of bold colours, and the best fabrics money can buy, either natural fibres or beautiful stretch fabrics,” Oscar says of his work, adding that Melbourne’s propensity for black has never been a problem for him: “The clientele who come into my shop are looking for colour.”

Drawing his motivation and inspiration from the streets of Collingwood and Fitzroy, the young designer couples exclusive fabrics and trims imported from Europe with the finest merino wool, quality cottons and corozo buttons, creating a range of garments that boast a strong and unique design aesthetic.

With the colours of his winter collection including forrest, ruby, indigo, gold and chocolate, anyone wearing Oscar Calvo certainly stands out on the street.

“The winter collection is very retro-alternative. I’ve got low plunging v-necks in the knits, a lot of stripes, and I’ve used fabrics such as cord and wool.  It’s very Melbourne, very urban.”

Drawn towards dark tones, such as purple and navy blue, Calvo than adds primary colours and vivid shades such as bright reds and yellows in contrasting fabrics to his carefully fashioned garments, engineering a look he describes as “upmarket street boutique”.

“I work with imported fabrics, with different textures; they’re all exclusive and limited. In terms of quality and construction, it’s definitely top shelf,” he says, “and stands up for itself in terms of cut, style and design.”

Oscar Calvo works alone, running his label out of Collingwood, where he is now preparing his upcoming 2006-2007 summer collection.

“I’m going very European for summer, so I’m definitely doing shorts with fabrics that I’ve sourced from Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli, so they should do well, he says.

MCV #345 – Inside cover full page advert, 16 August 2007

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MCV #345, Front cover, 16 August 2007

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MCV, Half page advert, 12 July 2007, Pg. 30

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