Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.
Are you going to order 10,000 units?
Hey lachyzee - did the shirts end up coming in? If so do you have time to give us a quick write up? Still tossing up between Luxire v MT.
I'm no expert but I flipped the leg inside out and the stitching seem quite well finished.
Fingers crossed it (just one + some samples) will arrive tomorrow. Apparently it left Chennai this afternoon...
If you check the Luxire thread fox81 has done a write up of his though. He seemed quite pleased.
If it's good I will be dropping $500 on them straight away...
People love to bash G Star, particularly in Sydney where it's got a bad name due to certain types who wear it.
The quality is fantastic, but it is quite expensive. Buy cheaper online and it's not too bad at all IMO.
Hi SF Aus!
Long time reader, first time poster! To introduce myself my name is Jason and I'm from Perth.
I'm flying over to Melbourne tomorrow for a few days and need to pickup an (affordable) tux, and possibly a new suit (or three!). Can anyone recommend places in/around the city to go? I've been told Chapel street is a good place to start?
Also are there any outlet stores worth checking out at DFO? I would prefer to shop at places with discounts (like outlets) so I can afford to buy the brands I love!
Thanks in advance!
I'm based in Melbourne and I must admit Chapel Street would be one of the last places I would go if I was looking for good quality clothing.
I know that Taveller's Apparel in Collingwood have tuxedos at reasonable prices. Not necessarily the best quality (fused rather than floating canvas) however it fits the affordability criteria.
My advice would be to look at stores which I take it you don't have in Perth. For example Incu for casual wear, Beggar Man Thief for shoes and smaller boutiques dotted throughout the city.
I've never had any luck in DFO outlets, tends to be old stock listed at prices which are above what new season stock is listed for online overseas.
Have a great trip!
Well it all depends on budget, but assuming you're trying to keep it fairly circumspect:
By far the best value option for business suits off the rack in Melbourne is Azzaro in South Melbourne. They have deeply discounted and well respected Italian brands such as Canali. Azzaro may have tuxes too, not too sure. It can be a bit of a crapshoot there - just depends on what they have in at the time. They are always having crazy sales though.
You can also pop into Beggar Man Thief to look at some shoes while you're there, they're on the same street. Get yourself properly fitted and buy a pair of Loakes or something similar and then when you're back in Perth you can order off the net to your heart's content in your fitting. Highly recommend doing this once over the trial and error approach to online shoe shopping...
Your next best bet is probably MJ Bale from David Jones in the city. Their range isn't huge though.
A bit above that price level, head to the Herringbone boutique for their suits.
In terms of off the rack suits in Melbourne... that's pretty much all I can recommend unfortunately. We don't have the kind of OTR variety that Sydney has. Most people here would advise you to order online from overseas or MJ Bale, or save up a bit more for when P Johnson next comes to Perth.
I have never been to Traveller's Apparel, but I believe they make for a lot of the larger Australian brands.
In general, DFOs are crap, they are just normal malls. Barely a discount to be had. Don't waste your time. Order whatever you want from your preferred brands on-line.
I cannot think of a single store on Chapel St that's worth visiting.
For casual menswear, I would go for a walk up Lt Collins St once having visited Incu on Flinders lane and just walk into anything that looks interesting. Chiodo is worth checking out too its just off that street (but expensive).
You can also head into Henry Bucks in the city to touch and feel some ridiculously overpriced but beautiful gear.
Oh and if you go to Lygon St, definitely stop into this place!: https://plus.google.com/105237337308062406919/about?gl=au&hl=en
For more casual wear you'd be far better off heading to Brunswick St or Smith St and checking out some local designers than Chapel St. It's pretty hipster down there (clothing included), but the streets themselves are a nice place to spend an afternoon.
Oh and Up There Store just off upper Lt Collins is great for the more urban look in casual gear. They have some great brands. Expensive though.
In conclusion, Chapel street sucks.
Wish I could've just answered his question with a link to the wiki!
My 2 pence (5 cents) worth on Melbourne menswear - http://linenforsummertweedforwinter...-man-i-saw-a-couple-of-places-that-youre-from
Still seeking more advice on Sydney if anyone has any other recommendations. Thanks to those who have chipped in so far.
PS Thanks for the link to that ebay trader GN, lots of tempting stuff there. TehFunnyBunny, look at the seller's other item - pretty sure you can find an example of what you are looking for there.
Quote: i.e. all of them.
Oz members group buy??
Thanks for the prompt replies guys!
Rhubarb: Thanks for the recomendations. Is Taveller's Apparel in Collingwood far from the CBD? I pretty much have one day (Friday) to sort out my shopping for suits/tuxes. After that I wont have time by myself to shop unfortunately.
Iachyzee: Thanks as well. Azzaro sounds like what I'm after! I don't mind thrifting through stock to find a bargain!! Thanks for the heads up for Chapel and DFO!
Pink: Thanks for the link!
In terms of suits/tuxes, if I can find places stocking premium brands/suits discounted (not concerned if they're a season or two old) I'll be stoked!
Good erite up on melbourne. Didnt realise there was a gant store with rugger and bastian!!
Sydney i think no recommendations simply because there are no good options in Sydney that arent already in Melbourne
I think MJ Bale stores and the Herringbone outlet are your main advantages. The outlet is great.
There's also "Voi" in the city..http://voi.com.au/ It is a bit like a more conventional retail version of Azzaro
I know some here don't rate it - and it certainly is a bit hit and miss. Don't be put off by the Versace satin disco pants. It is certainly worth a look. They stock some Brunello Cucinelli (including shoes), Luciano Barbera. I haven't been in for a while, but I have bought Ballantyne cashmere there in the past. If you are looking for efficienct time use - the city MJBale Store and Harrolds are across the road from Voi in the Centrepoint/Westfield (which is basically an almost sick-inducing temple to materialism, but also quite fun for a bit of a look, if you know what I mean) - the food court and some of the restaurants in there are pretty good and they have GAP, Zara, RM Williams, Bottega Venta, Rhodes and Beckett.
The bottom floor of Westfield is more yoof-oriented - my daughters like it. As well as the mass-trash brands, they also have your quirky japanese T-shirts, trainers, juice bars etc. They have a kind transient 'market place' zome for upcoming local designers - so lots of small-run ladies gear. If you are travelling with a Ms Pink-Socks she might like it.
The Queen Victoria Building has a lot of big name brands - probably not much of interest to the likes of is - but it does have the Ralph Lauren store and a small Herringbone store. But the building itself is magnificent. There are some nice coffe shop/casual eating places to hang out in on the upper floors. Bacco is probably the best of them. CVB also has a fantastic (if somewhat expensive) pen shop. I like to browse in the Antique Print Room. If you are looking for gifts there is also an outpost of the NY Met Museum of Art store on the top floor.
Opposite the QVB in George St is Galleries Victoria - which is basically a smaller version of Westfied in which the leasing department is run by hipsters. So you will find Incu, Carhartt, SUperdry...more Japanese T shirts etc. The food courts is excelent for a quick lunch stop. It has what I think is Sydney's best bookstore - kinokuniya - and the Japanese noodle place just near it is very good.
Do you like coffee? Go to Mecca near the corner of King and York Streets or Klink (281 Clarence - inside the Gaffa Gallery, which is worth a look as well).
Do you like random urban wandering? Walk through the Rocks (which is beautiful but pretty much prostituted to the tourist dollar) through to the Western side of the Harbour bridge (Millers Point) for streets lind with Georgian and Victorian architecture with glimpses of the Harbour and, along the shore, early 20th century wharf buildings. There is Fratelli down there and a number of places to eat. Or you could catch a ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour across to Balmain. As a resident I'm a little biased, but I think it is one of the most intersting built landscapes in Australia, with its mix of sandstone buildings, workers cottages and the odd mansion here and there.
I hope you have a good time.
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