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5 minutes with the Real Dads of Melbourne
We caught up with Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney (aka the Real Dads of Melbourne) to talk homewares, boys’ fashion and everyday adventures. Follow @Eastland on Instagram now to check out Jarrad, Michael and their eight-year-old son Reid in the latest autumn looks.
Published 30 April

We caught up with Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney (aka the Real Dads of Melbourne) to talk homewares, boys’ fashion and everyday adventures. Follow @Eastland on Instagram now to check out Jarrad, Michael and their eight-year-old son Reid in the latest autumn looks.

Eastland: What does your ideal weekend look like?

Michael: An ideal weekend for us revolves around food. We love hosting lunches and dinners for friends and family, ranging from sausages in bread to fancy three-course meals, as well as discovering new cafés and watching the world go by with a turmeric latte. We also enjoy checking out new parks and playgrounds - it's our (not-so-secret) mission to meet as many sausage dogs as we can.

Where does your son Reid get this dapper style from?

Jarrad: Reid has always been drawn to jewellery and accessories, and when he was younger his bow tie collection was out of control. At the moment he loves wearing belts, watches, rings and homemade loom bracelets. His wardrobe consists of a lot of coloured and print shirts and classic-style pants so he chooses his own outfits 90 per cent of the time because it’s easy to mix and match.

How would you describe your shopping style when it comes to clothes?

Michael: We love a sale. The one thing we don't skimp on is footwear; it's definitely quality over quantity for Reid’s growing feet. Rather than following trends we lean towards practical, timeless pieces that wash well and are easy to iron. That’s why we’ve been buying brands such as RM Williams, Country Road, M.J. Bale, Trent Nathan and Ralph Lauren [at Myer] ever since we got together 17 years ago. My shopping style is man-on-a-mission, whereas Jarrad will try things on multiple times and still sometimes return them.

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You're known for your renovations, where do you like to shop for your homewares?

Jarrad: David Jones has a great collection of homewares and quality Sheridan bedding, though I stick to basic white linen and then accessorise with coloured pillows and throws. I recently discovered Déjà Vu Interiors and Hart Co Home and Body too, they both stock very cool stuff.

Do you have any tips for others embarking on their own home reno projects?

Jarrad: Ask your friends who have renovated what they wouldn't spend the money on next time and learn from their experience. Do the imported tiles that cost a fortune actually feel better under-foot, for example? These days most of the inspo for our home comes from Instagram [so that’s a good place to start].

You have around 82,000 Instagram followers – what’s it like having all those eyes on you?

Michael: We’re so surprised at how many people find our family interesting. We receive our fair share of criticism too, and that’s okay. We just try to keep our page a positive one so that it's a safe place for our followers to visit, smile, and see that we're all different but also weirdly similar.

And how about when you see yourself described as ‘super-dads’ in newspaper articles?

Michael: It’s funny because we’re no different than any other family that is giving this tremendous honour of parenting a red-hot go. We just try our hardest to be the parents that our child deserves,
and to remember that his little eyes and ears are always watching and listening. Every parent we know deserves the ‘super’ title.

Aside from your recent styling session, what last brought you to Eastland?

Jarrad: The valet parking [is a big drawcard]. To have all your shopping magically transported to your car boot, and not having to fight for a car spot, is an affordable luxury that’s totally worth the $10.

 

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We caught up with Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney (aka the Real Dads of Melbourne) to talk homewares, boys’ fashion and everyday adventures. Follow @Eastland on Instagram now to check out Jarrad, Michael and their eight-year-old son Reid in the latest autumn looks.

What does your ideal weekend look like?

Michael: An ideal weekend for us revolves around food. We love hosting lunches and dinners for friends and family, ranging from sausages in bread to fancy three-course meals, as well as discovering new cafés and watching the world go by with a turmeric latte. We also enjoy checking out new parks and playgrounds - it's our (not-so-secret) mission to meet as many sausage dogs as we can.

Where does your son Reid get this dapper style from?

Jarrad: Reid has always been drawn to jewellery and accessories, and when he was younger his bow tie collection was out of control. At the moment he loves wearing belts, watches, rings and homemade loom bracelets. His wardrobe consists of a lot of coloured and print shirts and classic-style pants so he chooses his own outfits 90 per cent of the time because it’s easy to mix and match.

How would you describe your shopping style when it comes to clothes?

Michael: We love a sale. The one thing we don't skimp on is footwear; it's definitely quality over quantity for Reid’s growing feet. Rather than following trends we lean towards practical, timeless pieces that wash well and are easy to iron. That’s why we’ve been buying brands such as RM WilliamsCountry Road, Trent Nathan and Ralph Lauren [at Myer] ever since we got together 17 years ago. My shopping style is man-on-a-mission, whereas Jarrad will try things on multiple times and still sometimes return them.

You’re known for your renovations, where do you like to shop for homewares?

Jarrad: David Jones has a great collection of homewares and quality Sheridan bedding, though I stick to basic white linen and then accessorise with coloured pillows and throws. I recently discovered Déjà Vu Interiors and Hart Co Home and Body too, they both stock very cool stuff.

Do you have any tips for others embarking on their own home reno projects?

Jarrad: Ask your friends who have renovated what they wouldn't spend the money on next time and learn from their experience. Do the imported tiles that cost a fortune actually feel better under-foot, for example? These days most of the inspo for our home comes from Instagram [so that’s a good place to start].

You have around 82,000 Instagram followers – what’s it like having all those eyes on you?

Michael: We’re so surprised at how many people find our family interesting. We receive our fair share of criticism too, and that’s okay. We just try to keep our page a positive one so that it's a safe place for our followers to visit, smile, and see that we're all different but also weirdly similar.

And how about when you see yourself described as ‘super-dads’ in newspaper articles?

Michael: It’s funny because we’re no different than any other family that is giving this tremendous honour of parenting a red-hot go. We just try our hardest to be the parents that our child deserves, and to remember that his little eyes and ears are always watching and listening. Every parent we know deserves the ‘super’ title.

Aside from your recent styling session, what last brought you to Eastland?

Jarrad: The valet parking [is a big drawcard]. To have all your shopping magically transported to your car boot, and not having to fight for a car spot, is an affordable luxury that’s totally worth the $10.


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