As my grandmother always said, it’s always important to look your best. While I’m extremely slack on the old fashion front, this sentiment always rings true. When you’re dressed to impress you feel more confident, and you’ve probably got a bit of bloody air about you. Who knows, maybe people will take your more seriously? But probably not.
So if you’re thinking ahead to Spring Carnival, or you’ve got a job interview lined up—you’re going to need something spiffy. You’re going to need a good tailor. Melbourne’s choc full of great tailors—those that have been around forever down a laneway, the newbies who actually come to you, but it can be hard to choose.
These are our favourites anyway. Presenting the best tailors in Melbourne.
Saibu no Akuma
The name Saibu no Akuma is a loose translation of "the devil is in the detail", and that's what you can expect when buying a suit from this team.
The experience at Saibu no Akuma is a holistic one—the guys create made-to-measure suits for their clients that reflect the lifestyle and purpose of the individual. You'll find their loft hidden on Rankins Lane in the CBD. It's an awesome space that'll make you feel right at home.
P. Johnson Tailors
CBD & Windsor
Established in Sydney back in 2008, and with shops around the world, P.Johnson Tailors is your one-stop shop for looking damn good.
Suits are crafted through traditional Italian tailoring techniques and focus on 'lightness, simplicity, and wearability'. You can buy their great range online, or head into one of the showrooms in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, or London.
Suit Shop is brought to you by the team behind P. Johnson Tailors—you basically get top-notch quality at a top-notch price.
Each suit is made specifically for the client, with a fitting taking around 45-minutes. They fit you, they design up your suit, and it's ready for collection in around 4-6 weeks.
With a perfect fit guaranteed, InStitchu should definitely be on your suit radar. InStitchu use only the finest natural fabrics, the likes of Woolmark certified 100% Australian Merino wool, cashmere, mohair, cotton, and linen.
You can track down their Melbourne showroom on Lonsdale Street.
A trip into American Tailors will present you with a range of quality suits, hand-made in Italy by the pros.
American Tailors was established back in 1950, and has been dishing out premium suits ever since. They stock everything from suits, shirts, knitwear, casual jackets, ties, shoes, socks, and even fancy formal underwear (devil's in the detail, remember?). They've also got a bunch of accessories imported from Europe to suit your taste.
Nunawading might seem like a bit of a trip to get yourself a suit, but the good news is that Briggins will also come to you. Ideal.
All you have to do is make a booking online and they'll work around your schedule. They've also got a special service for weddings to make sure your suit is not a let-down on the big day.
Carbone Master Tailors
With more than 40 years' experience, Dominic Carbone tailors everything from classical styling to contemporary and visually striking ensembles.
Carbone Master Tailors take care of both men's, and women's tailoring at their sartoria. This family business is well worth a visit if you're looking to stand out from the crowd.
Maimone Charles Tailoring
Charles Maimone has been making suits out of his shop on the hidden Crossley Lane since 1972. Starting as a tailor in Sicily when he was just 14-years-old, Charles has a ton of experience and will have no trouble in making the perfect suit for you.
Everything's made in the workshop along with his long-time assistant Flavio. Suits start at $3,000. No website either—that's how legit he is.
The Bespoke Corner
The nice thing about The Bespoke Corner (apart from Miles being a dead-set legend) is that it’s not obscenely expensive.
Oh sure, you can drop $10,000 on the finest Tuscan silk if you want, but the guys have deliberately structured the selection to fit almost any budget. Chinese-made suits start at $1,000, or you can get handmade Italian pieces for $3,000 and up. This is Sydney's premier tailor, and they've ust set up shop on Toorak Rd in South Yarra.
Germanicos Bespoke Tailors
With showrooms all around the country, Germanicos know bloody everything when it comes to suits.
They've got more than 7,000 fabrics to choose from when it comes to making your bespoke suit, so you better get your thinking cap on before you head in.
George & King
With a showroom on Lonsdale Street, you'd be mad not to consider George & King when next looking for a suit.
It's a pretty simple process at George & King. Book yourself a fitting, the team will measure you up, design the suit, and you'll get to try it on in around 4 weeks. Ideal.
No doubt you've heard of M.J Bale, you can find their stores around Melbourne, or their swanky upstairs showroom in the CBD.
They've got you sorted with suits off the rack, custom-made suits, along with every accessory you need for your wedding day, or Spring Carnival.
Ian Rios New York
With their roots in New York, Ian Rios New York provide consultations in your home, your office, or via their showroom. Ian's got you covered for suits, shoes, and can even help you out in the personal style stakes.
If you're looking to up your fashion game, look no further than Harrolds on Collins Street. You'll find outfits from Tom Ford, Thom Browne, and Stella McCartney. Basically, everything you can't get anywhere else in Melbourne.
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Image credit: The Bespoke Corner | Jenna Fahey-White