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.
In my relaxed state I barely registered Routleys Menswear.
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"