Alasdair MacKinnon at Five Boroughs

Greetings BusiChic,

Can you believe that it’s only eight weeks now until Christmas?

I’ve been photographing a number of stylish shop proprietors of late so think it’s timely to share both their style and shops with you to start sparking those gift ideas. Do let me know if you know of any stores/owners/operators/workers who need to be included in this series!

While yesterday’s post on Xocolatl Artisan Chocolates was a good start, here’s a sartorial one starting with Five Boroughs in East Brunswick.

The Boroughs shop front on Lygon Street

Alasdair MacKinnon of Five Boroughs

I love Alasdair’s colourful and creative take on Smart Casual which could also be seen as more relaxed version of  “Business Casual”. Featuring pieces form Mr Porter (net-a-porter’s brother site) and a tribute lego watch, this is an ensemble that’s both fun and functional for work.



Alasdair shows how to have fun in one’s workwear! I took a wee browse around Five Boroughs with an eye out for gifts for BusiChic men and women and there were so many novel, colourful pieces for both. I’m limiting my selection to these two but I suggest that you pop in and take a gander yourself!

Cufflinks by Kearnsie


Happy Socks – loved by many a suited man who enjoys wearing colour himself!


Five Boroughs is at 345 Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Victoria (03) 93881618


Have you started thinking about your Christmas shopping? What do you think of Alasdair’s ensemble?


  1. I wish I knew about Five Boroughs when I was in Melbourne last month 🙁 Those happy socks would make such great presents!

  2. He’s such a colourful creative fellow. A great spot for Christmas pressies too. Beautifully shot Chezmo. x

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