In a city where individuality and creativity are celebrated, it's no surprise that a growing number of Melburnians are looking to fill their wardrobes with clothing and accessories that are locally sourced, designed and made. Whether it's hand-tailored suits or handsome watches inspired by our city's urban hubs, Melbourne men have plenty of opportunities to forget the churn of fast fashion in favour of bespoke pieces made right around the corner. We've put together a guide to assembling the perfect Melbourne outfit that you can tailor to suit your personal style.
From head to toe
Established in 2013, the Melbourne Watch Company make dazzling homages to the city they’re inspired by. Named after famous locations in Melbourne, these watches draw influence from well-known elements of the city’s culture, from buff business couture to the vibrant laneway scene or the laid back coastal vibes we know so well. Their premier timepiece is the Portsea, a contemporary twist on the classic 'Marine Chronometer' style. Other watches are just as themed, including Flinders, Hawthorn, Carlton, Parkville, Avalon, Sorrento and Collins. Customers who wish to try on collections in person can do so at their newly opened showroom in Carlton. Guests are given a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the business here too, with the watch workshop adjacent to the showroom area.
Forget snap-backs, baseball caps and beanies; a modern-day gentleman needs a classy-as-hell hat atop his head. Whether you fancy a trilby or a bowler, a fez or a fedora, vintage hat-dealer Smart Alec Hatters has all your crown requirements sorted. With hat repair services, moustache wax and intricate cuff links lining the shelves, Smart Alec Hatters is the dapper lad’s one-stop-shop.
Easing into an elegant leather armchair on the third floor of historic Hardware Lane, it’s easy to forget that gentlemen’s tailor Oscar Hunt opened just a few years ago. The layout feels like the most dignified of sitting rooms – but with racks of jackets, overcoats and accessories to peruse. Meet with any of the chilled-out Oscar Hunt lads and you'll soon feel right at home; the guys will ensure that your suit reflects your personal style, whether that's loud and colourful or a little bit more traditional. With high-quality materials sourced from Italy and the UK, Oscar Hunt's expert crafters will design and fit every part of your ensemble in-house and deliver millimetre perfect tailoring to boot.
Inside Wootten's Prahran studio, the first thing you notice is the rich smell of leather; then the sound of intermittent metal banging from the cobblers in the warehouse out back. It’s here that all of Wootten’s fine leather goods are made: overnight bags, belts, wallets, key rings, suspenders, bowties, laptop sleeves, aprons, cushions, and the brand’s bread and butter: hand-crafted leather shoes. Wootten – which opened in 2012 – is run by second-generation footwear designer Jess Cameron-Wootten, a trained shoemaker with roots in industrial design. Jess is enthralled by the world of ‘slow fashion’, a movement focused on sustainable, timeless and high-quality fashion. Jess and his shoemaking team take their time to craft and create distinctive pieces for each customer, all the way from the initial consultation and design to the measuring, making, cobbling, stitching and final fitting.
Unquestionably unique, Lord Coconut is Melbourne's only retailer, gallery and online boutique selling jewellery for men, and a cornucopia of eccentric finds. Guided by the interior design ethos of a 19th century natural history museum, Lord Coconut stocks over 600 individual jewellery pieces from over 40 Melbourne and interstate jewellers, artisans and designers. While wedding rings are their bread and butter, you’ll find everything from cuff links to tie pins – the most beautiful of which are the sterling silver, enamelled giraffes.