What Jimmy Bartel loves most about being a father

Jimmy wears Venroy lnen shirt, $95, and trousers, $120. Aston wears Bonds T-shirt, $17, and track pants, $35. Photo: Tane Coffin
Jimmy wears Venroy lnen shirt, $95, and trousers, $120. Aston wears Bonds T-shirt, $17, and track pants, $35. Photo: Tane Coffin

Jimmy Bartel had a stellar career playing for the Geelong Cats until his retirement last year, but being a dad is giving the 33-year-old a bigger kick. The new Bonds' menswear ambassador lives in Melbourne with his wife Nadia and their son Aston, 20 months.

What do you love most about being a father?

Watching someone you love so much discover the world is amazing. They rely on you and need you so much, and the love they return is unbelievable.

What's the most challenging part?

Probably that you don't have all the answers. Especially being a first-time dad, it's always worrying. But you hope you are doing the right thing by them.

Has fatherhood changed you?

It completely changes your thinking. All your decisions and choices in life are first and foremost based around the child.

Would you like to have more children?

Yes, I've always wanted a big family.

Jimmy wears Bonds
T-shirt, $30. Aston wears Bonds longsleeve rugby tee, $23, and track pants, $35.

Jimmy wears Bonds T-shirt, $30. Aston wears Bonds longsleeve rugby tee, $23, and track pants, $35. Photo: Tane Coffin.

What advice would you give new dads?

You're not going to know it all, there will be a lot of trial and error. So have fun and enjoy watching these little people evolve.

Your wife is a successful fashion blogger. Is fashion important to you?

I definitely take a greater interest in it because it's a passion of hers.

How would you describe your style?

Pretty low-key, I'm a jeans and T-shirt guy. Nadia is pretty quick to pull me up if something doesn't look quite right!

Jimmy wears Bonds
pullover, $55, and shorts, $50. Aston wears Bonds T-shirt, $17, and
track pants, $35

Jimmy wears Bonds pullover, $55, and shorts, $50. Aston wears Bonds T-shirt, $17, and track pants, $35 Photo: Tane Coffin

Are you still committed to raising awareness about domestic violence?

Yes, very. I still work with Bethany [a support service]. And I've just come on board as an ambassador for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. They do an extraordinary amount of work keeping children safe from violence and abuse.

What message are you hoping to get across?

Starting the conversation about respectful behaviour and attitudes towards people in the family environment. The numbers are staggering: one in four women will come across domestic violence in their life. As a community we should be embarrassed about that.

Aston wears Bonds personalised Zip Wondersuit, $40. Jimmy wears Bonds singlet, $17.

Aston wears Bonds personalised Zip Wondersuit, $40. Jimmy wears Bonds singlet, $17. Photo: Tane Coffin

Any plans for Father's Day?

Not that I know about. I'm hoping Aston surprises me with a photo of himself like last year. And maybe his mum will do the coffee run so I can have mine in bed.

Photographer, Tane Coffin. Fashion editor, Penny McCarthy. Grooming, Aimie Fiebig using Tom Ford.

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