The 9 Melbourne Tailors Rewriting The Capital’s Sartorial Lexicon
Bringing impeccable tailoring to Australia’s coffee capital, these clothiers are redefining traditions and techniques to suit the unique Melbourne landscape.
While the past decade has seen many an Instagram account charting the rise and rise of streetwear, a certain crop of Melbourne tailors have remained steadfast in championing classic style. During a time when fleeting trends reign supreme, tailoring makes for a safe bet, with Melbourne tailors like Trunk Tailors and P. Johnson keeping it interesting by reimagining tried and true techniques and traditions for the landscape at hand. Infusing suiting and separates with a welcome dose of hyperlocal flair, the best tailors in Melbourne are proving that sartorial sophistication is anything but stale.
Rethinking notions of suiting one stitch at a time, these are the best tailors and clothiers in Melbourne.
Dedicated to defining refining true Australian style, Christian Kimber embodies the “if you know, you know” aesthetic at the centre of the quiet luxury movement. Doing away with the conventional approach to suiting, the brand’s made-to-measure service spans smart casual, cocktail, and formal categories, each interpreted through an Australian lens and striking the right balance between comfort and elegance. Suiting and separates are made in collaboration with Italian artisans and crafted from fabrics of the same origin.
Established in Sydney in 2009, P.Johnson is one of the country’s most notable sartorial exports. Since its inception over a decade ago, the homegrown brand has expanded to New York, London, and, naturally, Melbourne. Translating Italian techniques and practices to the Australian man, P.Johnson suiting and separates are refined yet unstuffy, cut with traditional techniques to ensure a a sense of softness and a beautiful drape that moves with the body.
Founded by Chris Edwards in 2010, Oscar Hunt specialises in made-to-measure suiting. Adopting a quintessentially Australian approach to tailoring, Oscar Hunt garments take on laidback, unfussy tone when it comes to business and casual wear. However, they also offer formal and black tie suiting options—from unassuming tuxes to statement velvet dinner jackets. Complete with an in-house whiskey bar, lounge, and open tailoring workshop, a fitting at Oscar Hunt is a decidedly relaxed experience.
The Bespoke Corner
The brainchild of tailors Miles Wharton and Rami Mikhael, The Bespoke Corner was founded for gentlemen who seek to make an impression without uttering a single word. Adapting European techniques for the Australian landscape, The Bespoke Corner offers a truly ‘bespoke’ (ha!) experience, as well as a made-to-measure service. From their showroom in Toorak, clients can select from English and Italian fabrics and dictate every element of their suiting down to the last stitch.
The louche irreverence of Italian tailoring is one that translates well to the archetypal Australian way of living. Approachable and optimistic, Melbourne tailor Tomba designs pieces intended to be worn—and borrowed—for years to come, with garments that work equally as well on women as they do on men. Offering both ready-to-wear and bespoke services (the latter from the house’s light-filled showroom in Melbourne’s north west), Tomba tailoring is for those who don’t take themselves too seriously.
Founded in Brisbane in 2007, The Cloakroom has since expanded to Melbourne, Montreal, and Tokyo, bolstered by their reputation for fusing classic and contemporary tailoring. Boasting panoramic views of the city from level 46 of its architecturally designed Southbank location, The Cloakroom provides both made-to-measure and fully bespoke services; the former made in China and Japan, and the latter exclusively in Japan.
The team at Sarti Tailors go beyond fit alone, working to create suiting and separates that reflect the idiosyncratic style of their wearers. With over a century of collective experience, Sarti Tailors reconcile traditional techniques with modern technology to produce bespoke suiting and shirting that promises to stand the test of time.
Germanicos Bespoke Tailors
Established in 1999, Germanicos Bespoke Tailors is one of the few true bespoke tailors in Melbourne. European fabrics meet functional details, executed with a certain Melbournian flair. Making suiting for those who prefer to stand out, Germanicos Bespoke Tailors make use of patterns in abundance, with their checks and plaids favoured by a heady list of homegrown celebrity clientele, including Hugh Jackman and Ruby Rose.
Offering an entirely handmade service—across both made-to-measure and bespoke—Trunk Tailors suits are made from scratch in a small family owned workshop, overseen by the brand’s master tailor. Specialising in suiting as well as odd jackets and trouser, the house’s extensive array of fabric partners means there’s something for every occasion; from Loro Paina cashmere in winter to Italian seersucker in summer.
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