Style Rider focuses on the intersection of motorcycle culture and individual style. Here we speak to tailor and Ducati rider Andrew Cossar about the power of a three piece suit.
Name: Andrew Cossar
Residence: Melbourne, Australia
Instagram: personal: @the_champagne_tailor business: @houndstoothtailors
Today’s ride: 2017 Ducati Scrambler – Cafe Racer (803cc) in coffee black. Fitted with new OEM spoke wheels, Aarow exhaust, oil cover and tail tidy. The brown bee sting seat and 54 race number are all stock.
Describe your style: At work it’s Bond or Bond Villain. I live by the rule of 3 when picking an outfit to wear at the shop *as in all 1 colour, 2 colours or a 3rd highlight colour. No more than 3 colours in an outfit. Outside of work, I’m pretty casual: blank tee/band t-shirt, jeans and sneakers usually.
Favourite items: Oliver People’s eyewear with transition lenses, I can’t live without these (literally). And, I love a 3pc suit. It makes everyone walk taller.
Next purchase: Gun Club Check 3pc suit for the wardrobe. And, I’m about to drop off my Honda CT110 for a rebuild and paint job.
Style inspiration: For me I love watching films for inspiration. Often, I will watch a film and pick up on a suit or look a character will have. Style is definitely a mood and weather-based thing for me.
Best local ride: Yarra Boulevard. It’s the only winding road on the way to work.
Best distance ride: I always enjoy riding out to Healesville and through Toolangi State Forest. It’s something I do often with my old man, we always stop for a coffee before hitting Toolangi.
Tip for stylish motorcycling: I pretty much always wear protective gear other than at work when you will catch me zipping to and from fittings in a 3pc suit.
Tip for best looking safe riding gear: I believe you should always get a new helmet when getting a new bike. If you can highlight or blend with the bike, that is ideal. If you want to look good in riding gear, simply rock all black. You can’t go wrong.
Next motorcycle trip: Would have to be Tassie. I have been going down for years, but never on two wheels. It has been on my bucket list for a while now.
Why do you like riding? As cliché as it is, I love the freedom you get riding. Like everyone, life can be so busy at times. It is so therapeutic for me to jump on and have man and machine working in tandem.