Man wearing black puffer jacket

The Tasmanian Tuxedo

Oct 20

One of you summed up the unpretentious culture of Hobart perfectly: “It’s not what you wear or the car you drive when you go into the bush. It’s the rock you climb.”

When you choose Hobart, you sacrifice a life of high fashion, of keeping up with your neighbours’ spectacular purchases. Your priorities turn toward your special access to nature, to creative endeavours and hobbies, to more time together and less time commuting.

This doesn’t mean you have to wear bushwalking boots to dinner at Aloft. But no one will mock you if you do.

In our interviews, we always asked for symbols and enduring metaphors of Hobart. Some of you spoke of the mountain or the bridge. Others chose animals, like the Spotted handfish, a simple Currawong or a Bennetts wallaby, happily at home in a suburban backyard.

Quite a few of you mentioned the Tasmanian Tuxedo, the black puffer jacket.

The lack of pomposity and arrogance in Hobart culture is crucial to understand if you want to succeed here.

In a big city, you can get away with burning and betraying people, in business and in life. You can peacock about, bragging endlessly about your accomplishments — even exaggerate them to the point of absurdity. Egos don’t work here. Your success is tied to your willingness to help others, selflessly, and to being honest, being real.

As we design and plan together, as we form teams to solve problems, and as we respond to big ideas from elsewhere, we can begin to define a typically Hobartian way to build.

We can’t give a Tasmanian Tuxedo to every visitor. Is there a signature gift that sums up our culture?