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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Spring Is A Spiritual Awakening

Yesterday a groom dropped past the Studio to get some advice on what to wear for his wedding. It was a day wedding, with the reception in the evening. Traditionally he is a black tie sort of guy and he was one of the first to support Le Noeud Papillon many moons ago when we first set up shop.

But with his wedding 6 weeks away he had not yet organised his attire and wasn't sure what he wanted to wear, so he was reverting to black tie as safe fall back position. 

I have been a proponent of black tie and will remain so for many years to come, but this spring, more than the last, I am reminded that the world is changing rapidly and that just because something was the done thing last year or for the last decade, does not mean it will hold suit for the years to come.

In the end I pushed the client to go and see an MTM suit service in Sydney, there are quite a number of them these days, but here are a few that I can recall off the top of my head:

1. Leng Bespoke
2. MJ Bale
3. Herringbone
4. P Johnson Tailors
5. Zimmer Tailors
6. Zink and Sons Tailors
7. Canvas By Cutler
8. Sew 253
9. Montaggio
10. Canali
11. Harrolds
12. Giorgio Armani 
13. Salvatore Finnochario
14. Henry Bucks
15. Bijan Bespoke
16. Rochefort

Of all of these tailors that will make you a suit, most will not be made in Australia, however, our distance to Asia means that more often than not, the time between measuring and the delivery of your suit is approximately 4 to 5 weeks. 

From the list provided, the suit makers that genuinely cut and make in Australia from their own Studios, off the top of my head are:

1. Leng Bespoke
2. Bijan Bespoke
3. Salvatore Finnochiario

Both made in Australia and made offshore programmes will roughly take the same time to make, the added benefit with locally made is the additional fittings you will get and the fact that you are part of the process from start to finish. As a general rule you will come out the other side with a sturdier and more robust suit, but perhaps you will not get the same directional look that some offshore MTM services offer.

The important thing to note this season is that it's a new spring, a dew dawn, and thinking outside the square is the soup du jour. One groom recently commissioned a navy birdsye wool suit for himself and made gold button blazers for his groomsmen as the wedding was in the Greek islands. Another moved from originally considering a tuxedo to moving into a brightly coloured blue suit. Some are doing neither a suit nor a jacket and getting married in linen draw string trousers and shirt.

Whatever you do, think creatively and have fun. If your wedding is not in the evening, consider what will best complement the bride's dress whilst also being playful in the strong light of spring and under a blue sky canopy.



This spring brighter blues and electric hues are a welcomed change. More playful use of colour is a good thing, especially for day weddings.

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