On the weekend I flew down to Hobart to stay with friends and relax, eat,drink and wander around in a semi touristy mode. Tiger airlines - cheap $170 for two return, leave Thursday PM back Sunday PM.
On Friday we strolled downtown from the sedate heights of Battery Point/Sandy Bay to breakfast at Beaujangles in The Mall.
After coffee I wandered around watching and dodging the various denizens of the mall. One group parading their neck tattoos, facial piercings, trackies with uggs and prams - another set in hiking boots, Kathmandu fleeces, cargo pants, small backpacks and beanies - with the majority of Hobartians (and tourists) some sartorial mixture in between.
Slyly detaching myself from "the handbrake" I slid inside, drank it in and had a chat while looking at clothes.
Short story - best range of Sportscoats I have ever seen in one spot - they even had striped proper regatta blazers. Lots of nice Italian fabrics in a range of colours - a few tasteful window pane checks etc. A selection of the much prized on SF and AAAC classic blue blazer in DB and SBs. Jackets from $450 - $800 and perhaps a few higher priced. Suits - ranging from some basic lads stuff at $400 through to $1,500+. Some nice checks in suits, blue and grey all shades. A few Grey flannel suits - DB and SB. A very big selection of tasty colours and materials.
Shirts a wide range of more casual shirts a - a bit pricey I thought but nonetheless attractive patterns etc. Good big selection of ties - not all in those bright pastels that are all the rage. Belts - very many more than most places. There was also knitwear - which I don't wear and pants - wool through to chinos - extensive colour range - many shades of pale and red chinos etc.
I don't think I've seen a more comprehensive selection of men's quality clothing in one store in Australia - and at a sensible range of prices.
I don't try anything on - I wasn't planning on shopping and time caught up with me anyway - but service appeared to be discreet, friendly and non snobby or pushy.
You could do worse than get a cheap flight over one Saturday morning, $90 return, slip into Routleys and spend a few hours shopping then fly back that night - more relaxing and possibly better range of clothes in one shop than doing the Melbourne CBD.
edit: apologies for not feeling all the lapels for canvass, or using the SF words "pull the trigger" and "commission"
Hi guys, I received my first bawden bespoke button up today, I'll post some pics asap. On initial inspection the quality seems pretty good. Nice fabric, and fits pretty well. The French cuffs aren't quite what I wanted. Not too bad for $117