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Freight company head wins best dressed title

Freight company head carries off best dressed title

Auckland managing director Don Braid is New Zealand’s best dressed businessman.

Mr Braid has been named the overall winner of the annual style-fest for men at a cocktail function in Auckland tonight (Nov 9).

Regional winners in the NBR Working Style Best Dressed Businessman 2006 awards are Cameron Robertson (Mr Auckland), Lee Middleton (Mr Wellington) and Jonathon Eaton (Mr Christchurch).

Married in a velvet jacket, Mainfreight chief Don Braid is one of the fortunate few who have come to recognise that sartorial elegance is all in the detail.

Convenor of judges and Working Style managing director Chris Dobbs says Mr Braid has a distinctive specialty of sorts.

“It is the irreproachable combination of plain or textured blue and white shirts with a traditional club tie finished with a pair of contemporary cuff links, regularly paired with a finely tailored suit or even plain black dress trousers.”

Chris Dobbs says Mr Braid is a “down-to-earth” Kiwi bloke. “His sense of style has evolved to a level of distinction, dressing not simply to meet his day-to-day requirements but also to appreciate the finer things in life.”

Mr Auckland, 23-year-old Deloittes analyst and accountant Cameron Robertson “has unquestionably got his debits and credits sorted in the business fashion ledger” the judges opined.

“Cameron’s dress-sense is contemporary. He has taken a very classic look and re-interpreted it in an urban way which means his sense of style works in a more conservative industry as well as reflecting his outside music interests,” Mr Dobbs says.

Mr Robertson takes an holistic approach to dressing for his day job. He buys shirts and ties at the same time as his suits – for longevity, always with two sets of trousers – to ensure they match well.

Coming from a family with rag trade connections, Mr Wellington Lee Middleton from Duncan & Ryan Associates has a “natural sense of sartorial style and appreciation for finely tailored clothes).

Christchurch lawyer Jonathon Eaton is a second-time nominee for the Best Dressed title who “sports a decidedly classic corporate look with a contemporary Kiwi twist”.

Chris Dobbs says the nominations for the NBR Working Style best Dressed Businessman Awards 2006 reflect a growing sartorial self-confidence among New Zealand managers.

“This year the suit silhouettes are narrower and shirts come in bold fuchsia colours as well as beautiful pastels, not lollipop colours but soft sophisticate washes. It’s a new sophistication we are seeing both at work and after hours,” he says.

During the past eight weeks, readers of NBR submitted their nominations and a panel of judges determined the winner. The judging panel included Chris & Tim Dobbs of Working Style, Paul Little of FQ Men & NBR’s Kate McLaughlin.

In addition to the priceless exposure as the most sartorially satisfactory businessman in the land, Mr New Zealand receives:

a made-to-measure Working Style suit and five tailored shirts worth $3,500;

• a Caffe L’affare Rocket espresso machine with six months supply of Caffe L’affare coffee valued at more than $3,000;

• two Samsonite travel cases from Mellencamp Carrywear worth $800;

• a magnum of Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P Champagne, and;

• a Lab Series for men starter pack


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