Where can I go in Sydney to get a BESPOKE shirt?
BnT? Zink? Anywhere else?
I refuse to go to Parramatta or anywhere west of the university
Any ideas on prices?
George Marbo, 2nd floor Strand Arcade. I've been going there for 24 years.
Price will depend on fabric. I just had a couple of linen shirts made - $285 apiece.
Most places will be open up until 01 January, but then quite a lot of businesses close from 01 to 03 January. Some places close from 31 December.
If it's the same as it used to be, most of the big department stores will only close for 01 January, and will re-open on 02 January, which is when they will usually start their big sales (unfortunately, too late for you!).
One custom worth observing on new year's day, or even after 12am on the night of 31 December/01 January, is "hatsumode", which is the first visit of the year to a shrine or temple. It can take patience, as the most popular temples (such as Meiji Jingu in Harajuku) can be incredibly crowded on the night of 31 December and during the day on 01 January, but it's an interesting cultural experience and great opportunity for people-watching, too.
You'll probably have better luck around Ginza and Shinjuku, rather than Shibuya/Harajuku. Ginza has Matsuya, Printemps, Hankyu and Mitsukoshi and Daimaru department stores as well as a multitude of smaller stores in Ginza and in the neighbouring areas of Yurakucho and Marunouchi, including menswear stores like Ships and Beams.
Shinjuku has Mitsukoshi, Odakyu, Takashimaya, Marui (three or more different Marui, including a multi-story sports/outdoor store and a menswear store) and, of course, the famed Isetan department store with the neighbouring men's annex, which has a shoe department in the basement that will amaze you.
"Maker's Shirt" is the parent company of Kamakura Shirts and they have quite a few stores dotted around Tokyo - they're well worth having a look at.
"The Suit Company" is also a good option - it sells nice suits and shirts as well as accessories at good prices and also has shops dotted around Tokyo.
JM, you're a treasure trove of information. Let me press you for more.
I'm arriving in Osaka on the afternoon of 31st. Staying overnight then on 1st I'm catching a train to Kyoto, staying until 3rd; then on to Nozawa Onsen (ski resort).
I've already contacted Coccinella, a bespoke tailor in Osaka, to see if I can get a fitting there on 31st or 1st. Hope they will be open - now I'm worried they may be just going on their break exactly at the moment I arrive...
Any good stores I should visit in Osaka and/or Kyoto? Any other brill and fab things I should do?
Would love to hear some feedback after you've worn it for a while. I'm eyeing a second decent watch (I bought a Tissot earlier in the year) for wearing to work, and I'm torn between a more casual Hamilton or a dressier Melb. Watch Co.
I don't think Nahkle does a fitting shirt, unless requested. At least not for me. He also buys rolls and rolls of Alumo poplins, oxfords, twills, voiles, etc, so he is able to offer them at extremely reasonable prices.
If you want to drive on a Saturday, be aware, he is usually fully booked all day. Better to go on a late afternoon.