or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Australian Members
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Australian Members - Page 2340

post #35086 of 57821

Osiris, thanks for the welcome. It's nothing special, just a jacket from ASOS called the Mac. It was on a half price sale. To be honest i do not like it very much, i try to wear it like a blazer but doesn't work too well, doesn't look bad though. I really need to get some blazers.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by md2010 View Post


look nothing wrong with wearing t shirts and ripped jeans. But obviously this side of sf is classic menswear. t shirt/denim side of sf is sw&d.
Lately I am seeing a lot of sw&d pics on classic menswear section. I wonder if any classic menswear guys are posting bespoke suit fits on sw&d.

 

Hi there, my post labelled those as 'before' pictures. Hope that clears up any confusion as to why i posted them here, Thanks!

post #35087 of 57821
From today's AFR:

‘Suit yourself’ tailoring online

SUE MITCHELL

A respectable made-to-measure suit for less than $1000? It can still be done, say former Macquarie Bank analyst Rob Blythe and London-trained tailor Patrick Johnson.

Mr Blythe and Mr Johnson are turning the rarefied world of bespoke suiting on its head by cherry-picking the strategies of power brands such as Apple and Nike and introducing technology such as computer-assisted design, cloud computing and wireless payments to make custom-made suits that cost less than some bought off the rack.

Less than a year after launching their mobile made-to-measure suit business, Suit Shop, the entrepreneurial pair are finalising plans for an online store that will allow men to design their own suits – the cut, colour and fabric – once their vital statistics have been taken by a team of fitters and tailors trained in Mr Johnson’s apprentice program.

The measurements and specifications are sent to Suit Shop’s new workshop in China and the suits, which typically cost between $750 and $1000, are delivered four weeks later.

“We are taking a very old industry and bringing it a bit more up to date,” said Mr Johnson, who runs P. Johnson Tailors of Sydney and Melbourne. “Even the big players in the business like Zegna are still to a large extent very behind on (using technology) compared to other industries,” he said.

“Some say the tailoring industry in Australia is dying – I say it’s almost dead because there aren’t many guys doing this any more and the ones who are doing it generally aren’t using technology to help them.”

Mr Johnson, 32, has been selling made-to-measure suits from his atelier in Sydney’s Paddington since 2007 after an apprenticeship in suit-making near London’s famed Savile Row.

Mr Blythe, 29, who started selling clothing online at university and owns successful e-commerce store Owen & James, quit as a retail analyst at Macquarie Bank last month to indulge his passion for fashion full-time.

He says demand for made-to-measure suits is growing but a bespoke suit remains out of reach for most Australian men and ordering online without proper measurements can be hit and miss. “So many times when I was at Macquarie, guys were ordering things from Mr Porter or other retailers online, only having to send this massive box back to America or the UK because it didn’t fit,” Mr Blythe said.

“I’ve observed a lot of retailers during my six years at Macquarie and you do see a lot of best practice and some not-so-best practice, so you can see where some benefits and early wins can be had and a better way of doing things.”

Mr Blythe and Mr Johnson have slashed Suit Shop’s costs by eschewing retail stores, sending their travelling tailors to clients and reducing administration costs. Measurements and patterns are stored on iPads, invoices are paperless, payments are wireless and accounting systems are cloud-based .

“The administration side of a tailor’s job used to be 30 per cent and we are trying to cut this down to about 2 per cent,” Mr Johnson said. “It’s not because we want to make more suits, the issue is spending our time effectively with someone.”

“People want suits that are customised for their personality, their body shape and their lifestyle. All we want to do it make it more convenient and accessible for them,” he said.
post #35088 of 57821

Great write up guys, care to share any details about the online store?  Very glad to hear.

 

Not sure why they kicked off the article with it being a surprise to get a tailored suit for $1000 theres plenty of ways and vendors to achieve that, although I guess the average punter doesn't know that.

post #35089 of 57821
Except Patrick Johnson isn't a "London trained tailor." He learned briefly from a shirtmaker in London. With all due respect to all involved, he's not a trained tailor.
post #35090 of 57821
Clerkships are so stressful. I think I might just get Rob to make me a brown 3-piece suit and become one of those singing/dancing mining prospects at old sydney town...
post #35091 of 57821
I wore a brown three piece in the 70s when I was a computer operator. Kept my tie out of the drum printer.

IT clothing standards sure have dropped.
post #35092 of 57821
^ They have indeed dropped. Every IT department I've had contact with the staff there don't even wear ties, let alone suits. You'll be lucky to see some of the shirts even buttoned properly crazy.gif
post #35093 of 57821

any recommendations for decent and thin socks for under $20 a pair? all i have is this van heusen crap that disintegrates after 2 washes or so

 

thanks

post #35094 of 57821
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ennuis View Post

any recommendations for decent and thin socks for under $20 a pair? all i have is this van heusen crap that disintegrates after 2 washes or so

thanks

Are there any Pantherellas left in the Henry Carter sale?
post #35095 of 57821
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post

Except Patrick Johnson isn't a "London trained tailor." He learned briefly from a shirtmaker in London. With all due respect to all involved, he's not a trained tailor.

That may be true, I don't know, but he certainly receives more praise than criticism from what I've seen around the place. Either people buy hype or the product is good - sometimes it's both..
post #35096 of 57821
Quote:
Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post


Mr Johnson, 32, has been selling made-to-measure suits from his atelier in Sydney’s Paddington since 2007 after an apprenticeship in suit-making near London’s famed Savile Row.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post

Except Patrick Johnson isn't a "London trained tailor." He learned briefly from a shirtmaker in London. With all due respect to all involved, he's not a trained tailor.

Yes, if I remember correctly, Patrick Johnson did an apprenticeship with Robert Emmett, a shirtmaker who has stores on the King's Road at Chelsea and on Jermyn St.

Still, whilst unfortunate, it's hardly unusual for a newspaper to make mistakes in an article about fashion/clothing!

Quote:
Originally Posted by California Dreamer View Post

I wore a brown three piece in the 70s when I was a computer operator. Kept my tie out of the drum printer.

IT clothing standards sure have dropped.

Ah, the good old days! So far divorced from current clothing habits in the IT industry that it's almost impossible to believe that was actually ever the case!
post #35097 of 57821
Quote:
Originally Posted by California Dreamer View Post


Are there any Pantherellas left in the Henry Carter sale?


I see lots in the nordstrom sale but the shipping is gonna nail me.

post #35098 of 57821
Quote:
Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

That may be true, I don't know, but he certainly receives more praise than criticism from what I've seen around the place. Either people buy hype or the product is good - sometimes it's both..

Yeah, I was criticising the newspaper article for making the mistake, not Patrick Johnson (as Journeyman noted).
post #35099 of 57821
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post

Except Patrick Johnson isn't a "London trained tailor." He learned briefly from a shirtmaker in London. With all due respect to all involved, he's not a trained tailor.
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post

Yeah, I was criticising the newspaper article for making the mistake, not Patrick Johnson (as Journeyman noted).
Quote:
Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

That may be true, I don't know, but he certainly receives more praise than criticism from what I've seen around the place. Either people buy hype or the product is good - sometimes it's both..

If you do a little digging, I think that Mr Johnson did actually do some work with suits at Emmett too (http://www.pjohnson.com.au/img/pics/press/download/financial-times-london.jpg, though this article could be a little incorrect too).

I think for most people (ie not #menswear geeks) "London trained tailor" is someone who worked and trained in London designing/making/be involved with tailored clothing. I know that technically he is not a cutter or stitcher or anything like that, but I am not sure that is what the article means.

Have never met Patrick, but get the sense that he would be very open about his experience. I deal with Tom (in Melbourne) who trained as a winemaker and then in MTM Tailoring from Patrick and I have been very happy with the results and have seen impressive results from others (I am sure Checkstar, Gerry Nelson, Lennier, California Dreamer and others would agree). In the end, that is all that really matters.

P Johnson Tailors is a successful business which continues to develop, innovate and grow (for example, Suit Shop) and I think those of us interested in good men's clothing in Australia should celebrate that.

By the way I always buy the hype, but I buy it at cost price....connections you see.

PS Rumour has Rob (Romp) was not really at Retail Analyst at Macquarie Bank, he just used to spend time having around the shops near Macquarie Place.

Congratulations on the article Rob...a Page 3 girl man now...

#pjohnsonapologistinapjohnsonsuit
Edited by Pink Socks - 7/29/13 at 5:33pm
post #35100 of 57821
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ennuis View Post

any recommendations for decent and thin socks for under $20 a pair? all i have is this van heusen crap that disintegrates after 2 washes or so

thanks


Some people have had good things to say about Viccel socks, which are (from memory) made in Turkey. They come in plain colours and some herringbone-weave patterns and are very affordable. Their website is here and there's a thread about them here.

Howard Yount, in the US, is another good place to get socks. They sell Marcoliani socks, as well as their own brands of socks, which I believe are actually made from them by Marcoliani. Usual prices are just a bit over $20 but HY has various socks on sale for $10, $15 and $20 at the moment.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Australian Members