Best Wedding Suits 2017 is The Versatile Gent’s definitive guide to Australia’s top tailors and made-to-measure specialists.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “Where is the best place to get a suit for my wedding?” It’s a momentous occasion, one both the male and the female (or both males) want to get right. And for many males, it’s also one of the only moments in life that warrants spending a considerable amount of money on a suit.
For the sake of addressing the question mentioned above I’ve titled the article specifically as best wedding suits, however, all of the brands listed below make superior suiting, be it wedding, work or casual wear. Obviously being an Australian website I’ve also constrained this to Australian bespoke, and made-to-measure specialists. In saying that, a handful of these brands hold international trunk shows for clients outside of Australia and travel regularly for tradeshows, so it’s worth following their respective social channels just in case they’re coming to a city near you!
Here’s our list of best wedding suits in Australian in 2017.
J.H. Culter – Sydney ($$$$)
Arguably the most revered tailor in Australia recognised for his skills across the world, J.H. Cutler are purveyors of true ‘bespoke’, one of only a few in the country, meaning a new pattern is created to suit each client. At the helm is 68-year-old John Cutler, a third generation tailor (the company began in 1884) with 50 plus years of experience. J.H. Cutler is one of Australia’s closest comparisons to Savile Row regarding technique, quality and price!
Canvas by J.H. Cutler – Sydney ($$-$$$)
While learning the tricks of the trade, John Cutler’s protege Sam Hazelton has been managing the J.H. Cutler Shirtmaking operation and more recently has been working hard to launch Canvas by J.H. Cutler. Canvas is the semi hand made bespoke tailoring arm of J.H. Cutler Bespoke, introducing a more accessible, less fastidious product that sits between bespoke and made-to-measure. Andrew from The Timeless Man has a great profile on Sam here. (Where this picture is from!)
Bijan Bespoke – Sydney ($$$$)
A short stroll from J.H. Cutler along O’Connell Street is Bijan Bespoke, headed up by Iranian-born Bijan Sheikhlary. Bijan started his career at thirteen years old and was acknowledged as a Master Tailor by 21. He honed his craft on Savile Row at H. Huntsman and Sons before migrating to Sydney in 1980. Like John Cutler he is considered one of the top tailors in the world, creating exquisite handmade pieces that capture the Savile Row style and experience.
Zink & Sons – Sydney ($$$-$$$$)
Zink & Sons are a 6th generation family business run by father and son Robert and Daniel Jones. Zink & Sons have been tailoring suits for 122 years and have been in the same premises on Oxford Street since 1905. Full-bespoke is the pinnacle of their operation. However, they also offer semi-bespoke and made-to-measure. Like the Cutler and Bijan, their house style is English, but they also have options for unconstructed Neapolitan-inspired garments to suit the Australian climate.
The Finery Co. – Sydney ($$$-$$$$)
Founded by the effortlessly impeccable Joe Ha, The Finery Company offers a collection of products from some of the world’s most respected ateliers including Korean tailoring masters B&Tailor. Joe fits clients for B&Tailor products in Sydney, however, can be found around the country and hosting trunk shows across Asia. Joe is a walking advertisement for the products he produces, where quality, subtlety and fit reign supreme.
Zimma Tailors – Sydney ($$-$$$$)
Roger Shamoun operates Zimma Tailors from a dual level showroom come workshop in the Ivy complex on George St in Sydney. Consistency is the highlight of Zimma’s operation, with Roger conducting every fitting for each of his clients, and in doing so maintaining absolute control of the construction process. Roger offers RTW, MTM and Bespoke commissions made by himself and a team of five, over approximately 85 hours, entirely by hand. With Roger choosing to draw and cut patterns even his MTM product errs slightly towards bespoke, thus crafting a formidable reputation in Australian tailoring. For an in-depth assessment of Roger’s offering, head to our friends at Sartorial Journal.
P.JOHNSON – Sydney, Melbourne, New York & London ($$-$$$)
P. Johnson is a name synonymous with Australian tailoring and Patrick played a powerful role in motivating a generation of menswear aficionados. Established in Sydney in 2008, P. Johnson draws upon traditional Italian tailoring practices, with a focus on lightness, simplicity and wearability. The Italian-inspired aesthetic and construction ensure softness, flexibility and freshness on the body. We covered the P.Johnson experience a couple of years ago, you can read it here.
SUIT SHOP – Sydney & Melbourne ($-$$)
Also within the P.JOHNSON family, Suit Shop specialise in custom made suits for under $1000 (starting at $750). It retains the P.JOHNSON aesthetic but reduces the price point through cloth choice and a more simplified construction. The Suit Shop team are well trained and passionate about their craft, ensuring your commission is styled appropriately and fits correctly! You can read my review of Suit Shop’s experience here.
The Bespoke Corner – Sydney ($-$$$)
The Bespoke Corner Tailors was originally created by Miles Wharton, before undergoing a transformation, moving production houses and partnering with Rami Mikhael, the man behind Looksmart Alterations, who have (at some stage) provided alterations services to everyone in the game. From their newly appointed space in Paddington, they offer a Blue Label product produced in Hong Kong or a premium White Label product handcrafted in Italy.
Crane Brothers – Sydney and Auckland ($$-$$$)
Many moons ago we hosted a great evening at Crane Brothers in Sydney, giving readers the chance to explore Murray Crane’s suiting. Today the company offers RTW and MTM garments, produced in New Zealand (where they are based) or in Italy, differing on canvassing, construction and level of hand finishing. Crane Brothers also offer finance over a 6 or 12 months period – especially handy if you’re ordering multiple pieces.
The Cloakroom – Brisbane, Montreal ($$-$$$)
The Cloakroom is, in my opinion, the most underrated made to measure offering in the country, providing incredible drape and movement. Andrew and Louis have had an amazing journey, beginning in Brisbane and landing in Montreal, where their business is booming. Last year I went to view an impressive new ready to wear line that they’ve since sidelined to focus on their suiting, with new patterns and production moved entirely to Japan. Their showroom in Brisbane is brilliant, as is the list of brands they retail including Cifonelli and Stefan Bemer.
Tolley Savile Row – Melbourne ($-$$$)
Andrew Tolley founded the men’s department store Ludlow in 1991, growing into a specialist legal outfitter, supplying to many Governments and courts throughout the Commonwealth. Tolley sold the business and developed Tolley Savile Row offering RTW, MTM and Bespoke menswear in conjunction with ‘John Morgan & Co.’ of Mayfair. All Tolley garments are cut using patterns designed and drafted in London. To add an element of authenticity, London cabs featuring Tolley livery will soon transfer customers and deliver products.
Oscar Hunt – Melbourne & Sydney ($$-$$$)
We’ve watched Oscar Hunt thrive in recent years, expanding their operation from Melbourne to Sydney with a beautiful showroom that I photographed here. All of Oscar Hunt’s fitters are trained by their in-house bespoke head tailors, working with the brand’s uniquely developed pattern to deliver a fantastic product. While Oscar Hunt will agree to any style of suit you require, my interpretation of their house style is that it appears more corporate than that of P.Johnson. A classic, well-constructed option with standout service and a great price point. We covered their wedding suit fitting process here.
Calder Sartoria – Melbourne ($$-$$$)
Calder Sartoria is the result of one man’s obsession with all things sartorial. Zegna stalwart Steve Calder is one of the most stylish men in the country, and his suiting doesn’t fall short of his presence in front of the camera. All of his suits are constructed in Italy and feature exemplary hand finishes, including button flys with hand stitched button holes. His product offering, his passion and his personal style combine to deliver one of the most tempting MTM services in the country. I’ve commissioned my latest suit from Steve following a visit to his showroom last month. Stay tuned for that.
Trunk Tailors – Melbourne ($-$$$)
While Jack Liang and Homie Yang’s Trunk Tailors progressive house style may not be to everyone’s liking, they just cannot be ignored as one of Australia’s top MTM options. Randy has covered the Trunk Tailors operation on a number of occasions citing their impressive value proposition, cloth choice, design and general enthusiasm. You can read one of his articles here.
Best Weddings Suits would not have been possible without input from Aidan, Randy and Steve.
*A handful of images sourced from The Timeless Man.