A Cut Above The Rest: The Best Tailors In Sydney
Doing away with staid notions of formality, these tailors and clothiers are working to rewrite the Australian sartorial lexicon.
Unlike Europe’s fashion and finance capitals, any one event held in Sydney is destined to garner an eclectic mix of adaptations of the same printed dress code. However, during a time when ephemeral trends reign supreme, impeccable tailoring is always a safe —and welcome—bet. And whilst we mightn’t have the same requirement for a five-suit-a-week wardrobe as our European counterparts, there’s a growing crop of tailors in Sydney catering to our distinct sartorial needs.
Working to define and shape the singular Australian sartorial approach, the best tailors in Sydney are doing away with staid notions of tailoring and creating a design vernacular ideally suited to the—geographical and social—landscape at hand.
From contemporary takes on suiting to traditional tailoring, these are the best tailors and clothiers in Sydney.
No surprises here. Established in Sydney in 2009, P.Johnson is one of the country’s most notable sartorial exports. Over a decade later, the made-to-measure clothier boasts showrooms in New York, London, Sydney, and Melbourne, as well as a dedicated atelier in Tuscany. Effortlessly 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 beautiful drape which moves with the body.
Founded just over a decade ago by Roger Shamoun, Zimma Tailors offers made-to-measure, semi-bespoke, and fully bespoke services. Dedicated to offering a sartorial experience that rivals that of heritage European tailors, Zimma suffuses classic suiting with a modern spin. True to the brand’s shopfront in Sydney’s Ivy precinct, there’s a certain sense of theatricality to Zimma’s creations, with windowpane checks, tonal experimentation, double-breasted blazers, and peaked lapels wide enough to land a plane on.
Bringing Savile Row excellence to Sydney, J.H. Cutler is for those desirous of old-world tailoring. Offering a truly bespoke (read: not made-to-measure) tailoring service, J.H. Cutler has been crafting some of the finest suits in the country since 1884 and remains family-owned to this day—currently helmed by John Cutler who trained at Savile Row’s Anderson & Sheppard. Naturally, J.H. Cutler suiting is made in the classic British style, making it the perfect choice for those whose sartorial styles leans traditional.
Contemporary tailoring in a contemporary setting, the BELANCĒ showroom setup is more akin to an elevated sneaker store than a clothier; doing away with oak panelling and heritage shades in favour of a minimalist space defined by concrete and neutral tones. Founded just over a decade ago, BELANCĒ’s made-to-measure suiting and separates are designed with the modern man in mind; cut slim and defined by clean, sharp lines.
Founded by P.Johnson alumnus Remy Ghougassian, REMY takes an understated approach that works for the everyman. Soft timelessness is the name of the game, with ageless designs devoid of dramatic details but with meticulous attention paid to fit and finish. The made-to-measure suiting is crafted by partner workshops in Northern China, Italy, and Southern China (the latter option being completely handmade), with ready-to-wear garments also available.
The Finery Company
Founded by Seoul native and Korean tailoring veteran Joe Ha, The Finery Company marries the best of Italian and English techniques and traditions to create traditional suiting with a contemporary flair. Made with perfection in mind, each garment offers a sculpted aesthetic that complements every body type. The Finery Company offers a hand-finished made-to-measure service, as well as two truly bespoke services with the flagship offering completely handmade and crafted over the span of six to eight months. The result? Unparalleled construction and fit made to last a lifetime.
Zink & Sons
One of Sydney’s oldest tailors, Zink & Sons was founded in 1995. Robert Jones has helmed the company since the early 1960s, with his son Daniel joining in 2004. Offering the ideal balance between traditional and contemporary styles, British tailoring is executed through an forward-thinking lens, incorporating modern styles and aesthetics. Zink & Sons offers both semi-bespoke and fully bespoke services.
The brainchild of textile veteran Grant Streater, Mawson Óssa was conceived in 2017 and takes a distinctly contemporary approach to tailoring. Offering made-to-measure, semi-bespoke, and fully bespoke services, Mawson Óssa tailoring is distinguished by its elegant interpretation of Scandi minimalism, with clean lines and pared-back silhouettes leaving no room to skimp on quality craftmanship.
Proving tailoring needn’t equate to traditional, Umi Nori was founded in 2019 by Zi Nori and Roman Jody and challenges notions of what constitutes suiting. Placing craftsmanship and high-quality materials at the forefront, Umi Nori designs experiment with both structure and pattern—expect bold checks, wide lapels, and asymmetrical cuts.
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.
The Bespoke Corner
Arguably seen as a ‘Melbourne label’, Bespoke Corner tailors Miles Wharton and Rami Mikhael have rightly found a strong and growing Sydney client base. The light-filled Paddington boutique (boasting upstairs barber and grooming) is a welcoming showcase for the truly ‘bespoke’ nature of their offer. Both men bring talent and knowledge and a distinct understanding of melding styles to best fit Australian conditions; allowing a client’s wants to flourish, as guided by their experience and expertise. The fabrics are Italian, the price points accessible, and the results impressive.
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