Published in D’MARGE:
The relationship between a man and his suit is a sacred commodity. When put together, the two work in harmony to exude sophisticated swag fit for a magnificent bastard. Since the late 18th century, suits have remained a staple item in every man’s arsenal. This itself is a testament to its timeless consistency in transforming even the most complacent of blokes into chiselled, well-groomed gods.
Nowadays you can buy a suit from just about anywhere, but to save you time (and money) we’ve collated the best suit shops in Melbourne so you can be dapper for days. And let’s not forget the best suit shops in Sydney too.
Level 3/43 Hardware Lane
Oscar Hunt on Hardware Lane oozes luxury the minute you set foot in the store, from its comfortable leather couches to its spotless polished concrete floors. They go above and beyond in providing you with an unforgettable shopping experience – think private fitting rooms with hypnotising views of the city, a tailoring workshop always on show and even a lounge bar area to rest those tired feet of yours after a long day. Depending on your needs, custom-made suits start from an affordable $845 and increase to around $3000. If you’re looking for a shopping experience like no other, look no further than Oscar Hunt.
Brands: Oscar Hunt
101 Collins Street
A family-run business since its inception in 1985, Harrolds has rightly earned its place as the go-to shop for suits. You’ll have some of the biggest brands for your perusal, from Tom Ford, Balmain, Balenciaga, to Lanvin and Valentino. There isn’t a cheaply made suit in sight; everything about Harrolds is prestigious quality from start to finish, from the garments they stock to the knowledgeable staff that assist you. However, expect to over $2,000 per suit so be financially prepared to put a dent in your wallet.
Brands: Acne Studios Man, Alexander Mcqueen Man, Balenciaga Man, Balmain Man, Brioni, Caruso, Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus, Dries Van Noten Man, Givenchy, Gran Sasso, Harrolds, Lanvin Man, Lardini, Maison Margiela Man, Moncler, Moncler Gamme Bleu Man, Pal Zileri, Saint Laurent Paris Man, Stefano Ricci, Strateas.Carlucci, Thom Browne Man, Tom Ford Man, Valentino
356 Collins Street (Various locations)
Starting its humble beginnings in London, T.M Lewin has since made a steady home in the city with four seasons. This store is for all the no fuss businessmen who are looking for simple menswear without the technical jargon. Their suit range caters for every sartorial style, from traditional bespoke to more contemporary designs if you want more of an edgy look. They also stock a generous range of knitwear, outwear and accessories, making it your one stop shop for all things menswear.
Brands: T.M Lewin
194 Little Collins Street
If you love supporting local, then Godwin Charli is your destination. The store’s attention to fit, sophisticated styling and subtle detailing more than makes up for its minimal suit range. Godwin Charli regard the production of suits as a work of art, using only the best materials combined with intrinsic tailoring to capture each client’s unique individuality. And because it’s local, you’ll feel a sense of patriotic pride every time you walk out of their store.
Brands: Godwin Charli
120 Collins Street
If you’re the of Britannia type, you can’t go past the Paul Smith boutique on Collins Street. Sir Paul rarely does a bad suit and the brand offers different ranges to cater for medium to high end buyers. With Paul Smith’s signature linings and other finery, you’ll look rather dashing upon departure.
Brands: Paul Smith
1 Crossley Street
Any guy that tells me he’s getting married, the first thing I tell him is ‘why the hell would you want to do that?’, the second is ‘get a made-to-measure suit from P. Johnson’. Tom and Patrick will ensure you and your groomsmen look a million bucks in only the finest Italian fabrics. Expect to pay about $1,800 and above for your made-to-measure suit. It will fit like a glove. If you’re on a budget. then I recommend trying their cheaper alternative, Suit Shop, which is run by Matt.
320 Collins Street
A men’s store chain which is currently having a resurgence in tailoring and contemporary menswear is Henry Bucks. Located both in the CBD and Melbourne Airport, Henry Bucks is your go-to place for traditional suiting brands like Boglioli, Canali and Richard James. It might cost you a few dollars, but you’ll look like a prince when you roll out of Henry Bucks.
Brands: Henry Bucks
Store 31/287 Lonsdale Street
Some of you may be wondering why Topman made this list, but not all of us are bathing in bucket loads of cash. If you’re in a tight budget but still need a decent suit, consider Topman. You’ll get the most essential suits from this store including party suits, tweed suits and the run-of-the-mill black slim cut suits that work for most occasions. The most basic suit designs start from an affordable $300.
Brands: Topman, Rogues of London, Noose & Monkey, Selected Homme
68 Bourke Street
American Tailors was established in 1950, at a time where all things American were modern, forward thinking and strong. While that may no longer be the case now, their suit game remains incredibly strong with their reputation for quality products and craftsmanship knowledge renowned across the world. The small size of the store makes for an intimate shopping experience, with the materials for their bespoke suits sourced all the way from Europe.
Brands: American Tailors
Level 3/289 Flinders Lane
Conveniently located in Melbourne’s CBD and nestled in Carlow House on Flinders Lane, V&J Menswear is the ideal store if you want a personalised service paired with chilled vibes. Here the world is your oyster, where the clever staffs are dedicated in guiding you through their extensive range so you don’t fork out hard earned cash for items you don’t need. Choose either off the rack or go tailor-made, and if you’re looking for that extra oomph factor they also stock a great range of accessories to complement your suit. To top it off, V&J Menswear generously offer formal hires of their products making it the perfect destination for a groom and his merry men.
Brands: V&J Menswear