Some of Australia’s most stylish men were treated to a night of life and style advice from new Van Heusen Mentors, Paralympic Gold Medallist, Kurt Fearnley, Australian cricketer, Mitchell Starc, swim sensation James Magnussen and human rights activist, Deng Adut last night amidst the loft of Beta Bar, Sydney.

Guests on the evening included Jack Tyerman, Danny Clayton as well as Channel 9 presenters Sophie Walsh and Amber Sherlock, who watched on as each mentor spoke of their path to success – from how they’ve navigated their career highs and lows to their approach on life and what drives them to remain leaders in their field.

For the business savvy and budding entrepreneurs in the room, leading tech expert and Founder of Adventure Capita, Stuart B Richardson joined Entourage founder and self-made millionaire, Jack Delosa providing tips for start-up businesses and how to negotiate challenges and stay focussed to get ahead. All agreed that the key to success is a simple one.

“Ideas are worthless. An idea is worth nothing, it’s a thought that comes and goes. Unless that idea gets oxygen and movement it’s a waste,” said Stuart B Richardson.

All mentors agreed there are vital factors in anyone’s quest for success. Perseverance, overcoming obstacles, self-belief, self-confidence & dedication were just some of the common themes and beliefs discussed.


“We live in a 21st century and we are still backward and we are still trying to oppress people. I don’t need a politician to let me know what to think. It’s my human right and I value it. What gives you the right to question it.” Deng Adut, NSW Australian of the Year.

“Start now. Think bigger. And go as hard as you can.” Stuart B Richardson, Leading Tech Entrepreneur.

“Everyone talks about grassroots and that’s where we came from. What you need to remember is to stay strong, and stay true to your beliefs.” Mitchell Starc, Australian Cricketer.

“What keeps you coming back for more is those moments of success. That’s where passion and inspiration comes from.” James Magnussen, Swimming Sensation.

“Every time I’ve found myself in a position where it could go either way, the community has lifted me up.” Kurt Fearnley, Paralympic Gold Medallist.

“Van Heusen is delighted to be continuing our promise of sharing the best life and style advice to Australian men. Last night was a celebration of our new Mentors and their incredibly inspiring stories and life learnings, providing the ultimate guide for success.” says Janine Buckman, Marketing Manager, Van Heusen.

On the evening, all mentors were suited up in Van Heusen and groomed by American Crew. This season Van Heusen offers new relaxed essentials, encouraging men to diversify their dress code.

Source: Van Heusen