matt jensen

The son of a woolgrower and grazier, Matt Jensen grew up on the land in rural Yass, New South Wales - an experience that ignited his lifelong appreciation for Merino wool. It was when working in the finance industry in London during the 1990s that Matt found his passion for menswear, designing and manufacturing his local rugby side's kit in his part-time. Inspired by the quality and craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn Street, he returned to Australia in 1999 to co-found and launch men's clothing brand Herringbone. After 9 years Matt branched out on his own. He consulted to hip New York menswear brand, Thom Browne, then, with the help of some school friends, launched M.J. Bale in 2009. Today M.J. Bale has over 30 standalone stores and works with the finest sartorial artisans in Italy and Japan to deliver garments of integrity. Matt's now recognised design style is based around 'soft tailoring', meaning heavy structured padding and weight is stripped from coats and jackets, making them lighter and more wearable for the harsh Australian climate. He lives between Sydney and a farm in the Southern Highlands of NSW, and is married with four children.