Published in D’MARGE:
One of the most important possessions in a man’s life is a tailored suit sitting pretty in the wardrobe next to prized timepieces and forgotten photographs of exes.
Given the difficulty it takes to find a well-fitted suit in today’s world, we’ve taken the liberty to venture off the beaten rack to hunt down Melbourne’s finest in bespoke and made to measure suiting. These are the best tailored suits Melbourne has to offer.
150 Lonsdale Street
For those after a men’s suit that is truly special, drop into Sarti Tailors. Their collective of experts pride themselves on the finest garments beyond the rack to ensure a powerful statement is made when you step out with one of their suits. To achieve this level of bespoke and made to measure mastery, Sarti rely on over 100 years of collective experience in the suit making business. And yes, they also do wedding suits.
68 Bourke Street
American Tailors was established in 1950 during a time where all things American was considered bold and modern. While that may no longer be the case now in the real world, their suits still remain incredibly strong with their long reputation for quality and craftsmanship knowledge recognised across the world. The small size of the store makes for an intimate shopping experience whilst the materials for their bespoke suits are sourced all the way from Europe.
Brands: American Tailors
Shop 1, 45 Collins Street
Purveyors of exquisite suiting don’t need to venture to Europe to score it. Melbourne’s very own Ermenegildo Zegna store has been delivering the finest in bespoke and made-to-measure suits with impeccable craftsmanship. Besides exuding pure European charm, the expertly tailored suits are also made from Australian wood and designed to make men look taller, slimmer and broader in the shoulders. The finished product isn’t cheap but neither is the signature quality of the brand’s craftsmanship.
1A Crossley Street
The Suit Shop insists on in-person fittings to guarantee the right fit, so booking an appointment beforehand is essential. The tailors are all trained by Patrick Johnson of P. Johnson Tailors, so it’s a pretty sturdy bet that these guys know what they’re doing. Suit here take approximately 4-6 weeks to arrive after the initial fitting.
Brands: Suit Shop
Carbone Master Tailors
297 Lygon Street, Brunswick
Owned by Melbourne father and son power duo Pino and Dominic Carbone, this family run business promises premium fabrics in all of their custom garments. More importantly they follow three main principles to build it: Exacting quality, attention to detail and an air of old school elegance that you won’t find anywhere else. Established in 1959, the pair have positioned themselves as a serious contender in the local tailoring business. They also cater for wedding suits, formal attire, bespoke shirts and contemporary overcoats.
Brands: Carbone Master Tailors
1 Crossley Street
Patrick Johnson and Tom Riley are the dapper gentlemen who’ve made P.Johnson the name it is today. The team will guide clients through everything and anything when it comes to custom made orders from measurements, fabrics, and styles. This information is then flown to Europe where the bespoke suit comes to life.
Brands: P. Johnson
149 Little Collins Street
Joe Black prides itself on creating suits for every type of man whether you’re a professional brawler or a barrister.
Joe Black’s bespoke and made-to-measure suits are designed to last whilst their store itself is like a man cave stocked with malt scotch and cold beer during consultation. Their best feature? Custom made suits are ready in a mere four weeks after consultation – perfect for those last minute events.
Brands: Joe Black
43 Hardware Lane
If you’re a man who yearns for a masculine retail environment surrounded by all things sartorial then Oscar Hunt is your designated haunt. Their made-to-measure suits are on point with customers able to try on collections or get fitted amongst plush leather armchairs. Diversity is also a winning trait of Oscar Hunt who aim to deliver finished suits that reflect personal style.
Brands: Oscar Hunt
101 Collins Street
If you’ve got wads of cash and a penchant for luxury brands then consider stopping by Harrolds in Melbourne. Housing some of the biggest European brands from Alexander McQueen to Tom Ford, the store also has an in-house suiting label that can be bought made-to-measure or ready-to-wear. All their fabrics are created in Italy but they also source the finest Australian silk wool for their garments.
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