There are seemingly limitless options in menswear today, thanks in no small part to fast fashion and e-commerce. Still, there’s nothing like a garment perfectly fitted to the individual’s body and reflective of their personal style, like a bespoke or tailored suit for special occasions, dinners, and meetings (or just for fun). Thankfully, a handful of tailors in Sydney still practice their time-honoured craft, while a number of businesses offer high-quality bespoke suits for the maximum in comfort and refinement for men of exacting standards.
When it comes to having more options in men’s tailoring, Sydney’s Zimma Tailors leads the pack. They’re one of the few suiting brands in Australia that offer bespoke, made-to-measure, and ready-to-wear garments, as well as an in-house tailoring service.Launched in 2011, Zimma Tailors is the creation of Roger Shamoun, who designs every pattern in-store. All garments are hand-made by tailors with a minimum of 30 years experience in their craft just above the George Street store in what Roger likes to call “The Workshop.” His motto? “Zero Stress.” When you’re making everything by hand, quality is the product of time and care. Some things can’t be rushed. Sydney.
Mister Mister is one of Sydney’s best destinations for the modern gentleman in need of made-to-measure suits and shirts. The brainchild of industrial designers Daniel Narvaez and Joshua McPherson, Mister Mister is all about understatement, sophistication, and practicality. Patterns are laser-cut and garments are stitched together by hand, to ensure the perfect fit with the highest attention to detail. A thoroughly modern men’s suiting proposition, the brand favours garments that highlight, contrast and compliment texture and tone, rather than any peacock-style colour combinations. Sydney.
The Bespoke Corner’s design ethos is all about taking one’s time. Consultations are free and as numerous and lengthy as need be to ensure that one’s suit is perfectly tailored to individual tastes, with an emphasis on education on fit and the process during these meetings. Once you’ve made a decision and they’ve measured you up, your suit is handcrafted by master tailors deep in the hills of Tuscany. Potts Point.
Made-to-measure tailoring brand Crane Brothers hails from New Zealand but now has a store in Sydney’s CBD, presided over by chief tailor Karl Clausen. They offer a range of contemporary cuts and fabrics to suit all tastes and lifestyles, whether you’re looking for your first suit or you’re a seasoned suit-wearer. In fact, if you’re short on time and are unable to make it in for a consultation, Crane Brothers offers a handy off-site service, meaning they’ll come to you. Sydney.
Oscar Hunt has a clever business strategy — developing and maintaining relationships with the men who employ their services over time. At both their Sydney location on York Street and their Melbourne location on Hardware Lane, gentlemen can enjoy sitting down for a drink with their tailor at the store’s whisky bar, and they can watch the tailors as they piece together garments in the tailoring workshop, offering a rare insight into the process of crafting the perfect suit. Sydney.
Luxury department store Harrolds boasts the most impressive array of high-end menswear in Australia, with globally renowned brands such as Brioni, Lanvin, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Thom Browne, and more. They also have an in-house suiting label — available as made-to-measure and ready-to-wear — created in Italy from the highest quality Australian silk wool. Gentlemen lucky enough to order a made-to-measure suit can pick from thousands of fabrics and styles, customizing the design to suit the quirks. Sydney.
For those men looking for a classic and affordable suit, M.J. Bale is well worth a visit. Founded by the company’s namesake Matt Jensen (M.J.) in 2009, M.J. Bale works with Australian woolgrowers, Italian weavers and Japanese tailors. In fact, Matt is the son of a woolgrower, with incredible experience in the industry, having consulted for Thom Browne and having co-founded menswear brand Herringbone in 1999. The service at M.J. Bale is highly personal, with by-appointment consultations in the stores’ ‘Dressing Rooms’, which provide a relaxed environment to talk all things sartorial whilst enjoying a whisky or wine. Sydney.