Sydney boy Luke Milton was a professional rugby player back home before he got into personal training and moved to the U.S. In 2009, Milton founded his signature Training Mate program of group fitness with an Aussie twist. In September, Milton opened Training Mate West Hollywood, a gym on Santa Monica Boulevard that specializes in high-intensity workouts and encourages you to have a laugh with your mates. The gym has already attracted celebs including ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Jessie Metcalfe, and Milton is becoming a bit of a celeb himself making appearances on CBS’s ‘The Talk’ program where he demonstrates workouts with an Aussie flavor. Read B_Space’s Q&A with Milton about his high-energy career below.
Southern Exposure, a collective of like-minded people who present showcase events for Australian artists in new markets, is running two gigs in the U.S. this month in Los Angeles and New York City.
The US Department of State is accepting entries for the 2015 Diversity Visa Program, or Green Card Lottery. Billabout gives you a guide to applying.
Today B_SPACE opens it's doors today to our newest space on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice Beach California. Recently voted the hottest street in America, B_SPACE has teamed up with the crew from the film Drift (Aussie surf flick starring Sam Worthington), Insight, Volley, Vittoria Coffee, Mambo and lots of our B_SPACE mates/brands to open a pop up space in time for the Abbot Kinney festival tomorrow, Sept 29th. The store is located: 1306 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice Beach CA, 90291
The Billabout crew is celebrating footy final fever this weekend with grand final parties taking place at home and abroad. Check our guide to viewing the games in New York.
Aussie model and singer Nicole Trunfio has been named one of New York's 50 most stylish people by the website StyleCaster.
Pete Maiden, founder of Billabout and B_Space, will be speaking about his successful businesses at the American Australian Association's Spotlight Speaker Series.
New York is the new London when it comes to Australian expats. For decades, going to the UK was a rite of passage for many young Aussies, but an increasing number have opted to make the US their new go-to destination for a stint overseas.
If you've been on the New York City subway in the past couple of years chances are you’ll know Sophie Blackall's MTA Art For Transit work. It was impossible not to fall into the incredible drawing and become lost among its characters and their imagined stories. Billabout was delighted to discover Sophie is Australian, originally from Adelaide, and who has resided in the city since 2000. We caught up with the talented illustrator at her studio in Brooklyn to talk about her work and the city.
Art, Fashion, B_SPACE
Introducing the Mambo crew: Angus Kingsmill, CEO; Amy Caines, Kids Designer; Ben Noble, Head of Design; Brent Smith, Head of Menswear and Brigid Moloney, Head Women’s Designer. They chat to Billabout’s Pete Maiden at B_Space in New York about ping pong, the farting dog, Mambo goddesses and art.
Check out the construction of B_Space, Billabout's retail store, on Mulberry Street, NYC.
The Presets are one of Australia's best live bands. They fucking rock. I first interviewed the duo in New York for Rolling Stone in 2008 and was lucky enough to film their live show that night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I've still never seen a New York crowd get as rowdy as they did that night. Go have some fun, tour dates and tickets here.
Annabelle Smith is a digital marketeer who, after residing in New York for two years, is setting up the Australian office of US-based agency, the Digital Brand Architects in Sydney. The 28-year-old Melbourne-born tells Billabout how she’s returning home with a new business in tow.
B_SPACE PRESENTS EVO Saving Ordinary Humans (And Nolitans!) From Themselves Come and meet EVO and see EVO'S Mr. Fantastic, Jules Tognini, hairdresser extraordinaire and EVO International Ambassador in Action
Australian writer, singer, and radio personality, Emma Swift gives Billabout a lesson in the best of Nashville and Americana music.
Wayne Blair, 41, is an Indigenous Australian writer, actor and director of the award winning film The Sapphires. A story about an all-female Aboriginal music group that entertains US troops in Vietnam in 1968. (Check out the trailer below). Billabout catches up with the talented Australian at the B_Space store in New York.
Georgia Hopkins is making her mark on the US via her sustainable "popupdownundercoffee" stall and serving a good old fashioned flat white and a Tim Tam or three.
Like most young writers and editors today, James Aviaz makes his living in the digital realm, but his affection for print has seen him shun Tumblr and Instagram and take the less conventional step of lovingly hand-crafting a paper zine. He is the founder and editor of "Everything is Fucked, Everything is OK," a printed collection of stories, illustrations and photos from contributors based in New York, Sydney and London.
Nicole Trunfio is a 26-year-old Australian model based in New York whose passions spread beyond fashion, to her jewelry line, Trunfio Jewels, and to music. Here she talks to Billabout's Pete Maiden.
Perth band Tame Impala kicked off their much-hyped North American tour last night with an incredible performance in New York at Terminal 5.
Elizabeth Corkery is a 26-year-old artist from Sydney who is completing her Masters of Fine Arts at Cornell University in Ithaca. Recently awarded the John Hartell Graduate Award for Excellence in Studio Practice, Elizabeth is also the dux of her class. Here she discusses how her art making has developed and studying in the States.
The Australian Open may have wrapped, but Aussies in the US are now getting revved up for more late-night TV viewing when the 2013 Formula 1 Grand Prix kicks off in Melbourne next month. Billabout congratulates Aussie model Chelsea Scanlan, who has just been announced as the 2013 F1 Ambassador. The stunning Melburnian has close ties to America, being the daughter of Phil Scanlan, the Australian Consul General in New York, and Julie Singer Scanlan, one of the first female anchors for CNBC in New York.
Brilliant Melbourne duo Big Scary will put out their highly anticipated second album in 2013, and have just released a teaser for the album, called ‘Not Art,’ (above). The album was recorded and produced by Big Scary's Tom Iansek and mixed by Grammy Award-winning Tom Elmhirst (The Black Keys, Adele, Amy Winehouse) at Electric Lady Studios in New York.
Happy Australia Day, Mate! With so many Aussies living in New York City there are plenty of Australia Day activities going on across the city. You won’t be surprised that many of them involve a cold beer and a game of Two-Up. Here are some places to check out to get into the spirit:
Emily started Meandher in 2010 in part because of her brothers endless quest for good men's shoes. Here she chats to Billabout about how men are judged by their shoes, studying the craft in Milan, her shoe idols and her plans to wear her own designs in 2013.
Five years ago Sydney girls Amelia and Katelyn met in California and in February 2012 set up Komai "a social business driven by creativity for a cause". Billabout caught up with the duo to talk about their future business plans which will create awareness to grass-root organisations.
Bruce Saunders, a retired Physics Teacher from Melbourne, bumped into Billabout's Pete Maiden on the street in Greenwich Village. Bruce was rocking a Dizabone and Akubra at the time, so because of his distinctive Aussie look we had to find out what the Aussie legend was doing in the neighbourhood.
Simon “Woody” Wood started Sneaker Freaker magazine 10 years ago and has turned it into a global success. Selling it in 41 countries, three languages and with offices in Melbourne, Moscow, Barcelona and Cologne, Germany. He educated Billabout ‘s Pete Maiden about the sneaker term “neck-snapping”, how the magazine was created, and some life tips.