Published in D’MARGE:
Recently we took you guys on a walk through the best suit shops in Melbourne. This time it’s to give some love to the best suit shops in Sydney. You’ll notice some of our best suit shop entries from the Melbourne edition have made it onto this list, but of course we’ve thrown some new additions in with them. The aim of these articles is to help both the novice and seasoned suit wearer find the perfect suit regardless of budget. As finding the perfect suit is a journey often met with confusion and frustration, we’ve traversed Sydney to bring you the best suit stores available so you don’t need to.
330 George Street, Sydney CBD
If you’re really looking for a suit that commands respect and presence, make a stop to Zimma Tailors. Created by designer Roger Shamoun the store is everything you need tied into one neat package, providing an extensive selection including seasonal ready-to-wear collections, made-to-measure, bespoke and alterations. Strong attention to detail is this retailer’s forte. Upon entering the store you’ll notice how everything is displayed with tender love and care, from the cloths selected for the suits to the cashmere dressed hangers wrapped with white Italian Carrera marble.
The subtle array of colours and the woody scent of sweet cedar will invigorate the senses during your quest for the perfect suit.
Brands: Holland & Sherry, Scabal, Dormeuil, Vitale Barberis Canonico, Loro Piana, Thomas Mason
Shop RG25, 500 George Street, The Galeries
Brent Wilson has paved his way as an authority in fashion since the launch of his self-titled store a decade ago. His regular appearances in premium fashion titles while boasting a jaw dropping client list including the likes of Prince continues to bring in the accolades for this Australian label. Every collection is aimed to cater for the everyday man, offering a generous range of over 500 premium fabrics and a plethora of lining and button options. With an exclusive made-to-measure tailoring service to ensure every suit is a perfect fit, you’ll be walking out the store with an extra kick in your step.
Brands: Brent Wilson
P. Johnson Tailors
7 Walker Lane, Sydney CBD
P. Johnson provides a refreshing take on the traditional suit style, adding a hint of quirkiness and fun while encouraging customers to put a personal touch on their made-to-measure products. They believe that wearing a suit should feel like wearing pyjamas – an unconscious and simple decision, readying to slip in and out of at a moment’s notice. Not only is every suit lightweight in material but each creation promises function and beauty in one, ensuring such high quality that you’ll be want to wear your suit all day everyday no matter what the occasion. You’ll be ever the dapper gentleman as they assist you with colour, tone, drape, texture and body measurements. They can also cater for weddings, but make sure you book an appointment first because the store can get quite busy.
Brands: P. Johnson
412-414 George St, Sydney CBD
Sydney’s Strand Arcade is home to Suit Shop, a dedicated fitting space and tailoring service that makes sorting a suit that fits simple. Suit Shop offer speedy made-to-measure suits for less than $1000 with plenty of option (choose one of 5 lapels, 10 different pocket styles and select from over a 1,000 cloths) and expert staff who staff have been through extensive training with Suit Shop’s sister company P. Johnson Tailors.
Brands: Suit Shop
Herman Bros. & Co
42 Railway Parade, Burwood
Based in the bustling suburb of Burwood in Sydney’s hip inner west, Herman Bros & Co. is an unashamedly niche boutique clothing house that’s all about humility in our service and doing it old school to search for your “perfect fit”, not just for one-off pieces but for those that will last a lifetime.
Brands: Herman Bros.
2/73 York St, Sydney CBD
Located in Sydney’s CBD, Oscar Hunt is the perfect place to sort your made-to-measure business attire out with ease and convenience. Oscar Hunt fitters work with you to understand your unique requirements, take into account specific needs and guide you through various styles, design options and finishings. All of this takes place in the comfort of the Oscar Hunt first fitting room over a couple of drinks from the bar.
Brands: Oscar Hunt
410/350 George St, Sydney CBD
No visit to Sydney would be complete without dropping in to visit the New Zealand-born Crane Brothers. Founded by former Zambesi menswear designer Murray Crane, Crane Brothers offers a fine selection of handmade menswear with a strong focus on suiting, both ready-to-wear and made-to-measure. In addition to suits, you find their New Zealand-made shirts are to die for and the service is pretty damn good too. You’ll find them on George Street by appointment only.
Brands: Crane Brothers
Shop 30, 455 George Street, Sydney CBD
MJ Bale is the go-to store for men who want value without compromise on quality. They have a ‘two suits for $1000’ deal that is sure to appeal to many men who don’t want another gaping dent in their wallets. MJ Bale suits are specifically designed for versatility, remaining stylish yet comfortable no matter what the occasion is come rain, hail or sunshine. They even have an elite ‘Samurai’ range which is said to be ‘cut as fine as a ninja’s blade for gents wanting to show off the torso’.
Brands: M.J. Bale
23-25 O’Connell Street, Sydney CBD
Located in the heart of Sydney’s financial distract where men donning sophisticated suits are commonplace, Henry Bucks have been creating dashing suits for the distinguished gentleman since 1999. The store is the one-stop shop for quality clothing – from suits, trousers, shirts, knitwear, jackets and much more. If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars purchasing a suit you’ll only wear once, fret not because Henry Bucks offers customers a hiring service of sharp formal wears that will suit any size and specification.
Brands: Henry Bucks, Bogliolo, Canali, Richard James, Kent & Curwen, Isaia, Eton
Level 3, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD
Since its first inception in 1985, Harrolds has grown to be a staple suit store for many men, young and old. The store has always remained a family-run business in the care of the Poulakis family, so you’ll instantly be entranced to its comfortable and cosy vibes. No hard selling, no pushy expectations from staff and not a cheaply made suit in sight – just a good old traditional shopping experience you’ll come to remember for many years. To top it all off, you have a wide array of international and Australian brands available for your perusal from Tom Ford, Givenchy to Strateas.Carlucci.
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
G A Zink & Sons
56 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
If you are a more reserved gentleman who only wants the best, then I recommend G A Zink & Sons. One of the earliest established tailors in Sydney, G A Zink & Sons are a made-to-measure shop producing a high end suiting product. Located in Darlinghurst, these guys are perfect for the man who’s looking for a more ”dignified” or ”muted’ suit. Not cheap, but well worth a visit.
Brands: G A Zink & Sons
The Bespoke Corner
3 Kings Cross Road
The Bespoke Corner is all about building a custom made suit from scratch. You heard me right gentleman – they pride themselves in offering the most comprehensive tailoring service in Australia, taking you on an unforgettable journey where you’ll witness the perfect suit being created from start to finish. Your own initials are even stamped on the tag. Every booking appointment is free plus your assigned tailor takes ample time to sit down, chat and understand the client’s needs. But the best feature? They accommodate clients at all hours of the day, at any budget and in any location, 24/7. Talk about convenience.
Brands: The Bespoke Corner
Level 5, 428 George Street
Joe Button is the ideal destination for men who seek a good suit, but don’t want to leave the comfort of their home to find it. They have an excellent site without all the technical jargon, so purchasing a suit from them is surprisingly easy. Simply pick a style that takes your fancy, give your measurements, sit back, relax and with a little bit of patience your new suit will be waiting on your doorstep.
Brands: Joe Button