All posts by Riaan Oliver

Suit colours for a dapper summer

A change in seasons is the perfect opportunity to look at your wardrobe and decide what next. Who do you want to be this season? What suit colours do you want to take for a spin? We’ve got some suggestions to help you greet summer in dapper style.

And if we’re talking about trying new things, colour comes to mind – warmer weather calls for lighter, brighter colours. If you have a few suits you’re rotating, chances are there is a navy and a grey in there. Nothing wrong with that (in fact, they’re essential for a business wardrobe), but if you wear a suit five days out of seven, it’s not a bad idea to bring something different in your suit rotation, something that will get you a compliment or two (if you don’t mind those).

Results are in, and our research (and numerous style experiments) have put these colours on top.

Suit colours to greet summer in

Brown

If you’re really up for an adventurous summer, brown is the new navy, say the fashion experts (if you consider Ryan Gossling a fashion expert). Brown, chocolate, or caramel, may have initially been seen as a throwback to the 70s, but brown is here to stay, especially if paired with a fine cloth and a sleek two-button style. It’s easy to wear, and it spells ‘style aware’. Stay with a modern style and you’re onto a winner.

Pastel

You probably could see that one coming. Bring in the pastels. Nothing says calm, relaxed, yacht party more than a pastel suit. Icecream shades like light green or peach have been very popular on this year’s runways. Pastels may not be for everyone, but if you’re game to try, come visit us in the shop. We have some exquisite high quality pastel cloths for you to test.

Green

Green is not exactly making a come back, like brown is. It’s making more of a debut into the suit landscape, with people like Timothee Chalamet introducing it to the suit hall of fame. What happens after this debut is anyone’s guess, but ours is that green is also going to stick around as a favourite for a while. If you want to go extra daring, try a pastel shirt and tie, or go with the classic white – the effect will be powerful either way.

Burgundy

Burgundy is a great colour if you’re looking to try something else, but don’t feel quite ready for a brown or a green. Or maybe they just don’t feel like your colours.  The good news is that it compliments most skin types, and it can produce a fantastic effect if paired with a light pink shirt and a navy tie. Add a pocket square and you’re on your way to a dapper season.

How to wear colours

So you’ve made the choice and went with adding some summer colour to your wardrobe. Great! Now how to style it so you look your best and like you know what you’re doing? Start with two complimentary colours and when that start to feel comfortable, work your way to colour clashes, best tested with accessories like a tie, socks or pocket square.

Stay dapper, pay us a visit

If you’re ready for a wardrobe change of pace this summer, pay us a visit and let’s plan your escape to a stylish summer. Make a booking online.

What to wear when you’re a guest at a wedding – men’s style tips

Your calendar might be starting to fill up with wedding parties. What to wear when you’re a guest? A suit and tie will never be out of place at a wedding, but if you want to look your best and dress appropriately for the season and the wedding, we decipher the dress code for you.

Black or white tie

If the wedding is black tie, that only means one thing – tuxedo. Now, a tuxedo is not another word for a black suit. You could rent a tuxedo, or you could have the exquisite experience of having one made just for you. If you have more than one black tie event a year, it’s certainly worth considering. A matching black bow tie and perfectly polished black shoes are a must, and a white pocket square, cummerbund and vest are optional.

If the invite says black tie optional, that gives you a bit more wiggle room: tuxedo is not a must, but you need to be as formal as possible without having to buy a tuxedo if you don’t already have one.

If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a white tie wedding, this is the kind of event that royals attend, so you must wear your tails, a white pique vest and a white bow tie. And don’t forget the gloves. Now you’re ready for the white tie wedding.

Cocktail

Cocktail as the dress code is an invitation to bring some of your own signature style to your outfit. Have fun, in other words. You could mix and match your trousers and blazer. You still need to wear a shirt, but could do away with the tie. Add some colour, but keep in mind cocktail is an evening theme, so keep it reasonably dark. Match it all with a pair of polished lace-ups or, if you must, a loafer.

Semi-formal

For a semi-formal dress code, you can’t go wrong with a navy blue suit, a subtle patterned shirt and a tastefully printed tie. A pocket square can add a touch of style to the whole outfit. Cufflinks? Yes, weddings are the perfect occasions to bring out your best cufflinks to light.

Smart casual

This has become a very popular dress code for all sorts of events, but in the context of a wedding, taking the style factor up a notch is a good idea. Don’t wear the smart casual you would take to a conference. Take a risk, have some fun, inject a good dose of style to your smart casual – you won’t regret it. A good outfit not only gives you confidence, makes you look great, but it’s also a treat for the whole wedding party to enjoy.

Casual

Even if the invite says casual or informal, don’t reach for your birkenstocks just yet. Weddings are still very special occasions, and casual in this context might not mean what you think. Make an effort to look your best – the general rule is that it’s always better to be a little bit overdressed.

Destination wedding

If you’re having to travel (generally to a beach destination) to a wedding, you still need to dress your best, but keep the terrain, generally sand, in mind. Wear light colours and fabrics, linen and breezy cottons, and shoes that you can wear without socks. An unconstructed linen suit like the one this Zink and Sons client is wearing would make a great (not to mention comfortable) option. Spritz it all up with a tasteful stylish tie or a pocket square, or both.

No or vague dress code

If you’re in doubt and not sure what the dress code means (if the couple got really creative with their invites), or there just isn’t a dress code, then rest assured traditional dress codes still apply. Match your outfit to the location and the time of the day: light or bright linens for a daytime outdoor wedding, dark colours with a fun pocket square to an evening wedding.

Be a good guest

Guests can really make a wedding, so make sure you not only look your best, but you also bring a great attitude to help celebrate the day in the best possible way. As a guest, you have been chosen to share the milestone with the couple, and you have a responsibility to support them and their family in starting their life together with an unforgettable event.

Quick tips

Beyond the dress code, here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t wear black
  • Make sure that whatever you chose to wear, it fits you to perfection
  • Everything you wear should be in impeccable condition.

If you don’t have your outfit sorted for the weddings coming up in your calendar, come and see us at the Oxford Street shop for some ideas and we’ll be glad to help you.

* The top image features one of our clients in a made-for-him velvet tuxedo in our Oxford Street shop.

Savile Row – the birth home of bespoke tailoring

If you are the tiniest bit interested in men’s style, then you would have no doubt heard about Savile Row, aka the ‘Mecca of men’s fashion’. This street in London’s West End has been synonymous with highest quality craftmanship in men’s tailoring for a few hundred years. In the world of tailoring, its legacy is as famous as the iconic men who frequented the tailors on the street: think the James Bonds, or the Cary Grants of old Hollywood.

How did Savile Row get to be the centre of the tailoring universe? Glad you asked – we reflect on it after our recent visit there.

Where it all began – the golden mile of tailoring

In the 18th century, after the French revolution, the beating heart of men’s fashion moved from Paris to London, where tailors and artisans started opening shop in Savile Row, to be close to the wealthy and fashion savvy clientele in Mayfair. The street became known for bringing exquisite tailoring to the rich and powerful. Apprentices from Eastern Europe, Cyprus, Italy and the Caribbean spent arduous hours perfecting their skills in measuring, cutting, stitching and padding.

The first shop was opened in 1846 by Henry Poole, who is credited as the founder of Savile Row.

The dandies of Savile Row

Not only was Savile Row the place where you could find the best skills and techniques, it was also where the dandy craze originated from, the place that set the tone for men’s fashion worldwide. Savile Row tailors fitted and made clothes for royalty, politicians, sport and arts celebrities in their elegant showrooms.

When you hear dandy, you might think of the top-hat, elegant cane and three-piece dinner suit. Or maybe the colourful, eccentric tailoring you see on the streets of Florence during Pitti Uomo.

Dandy is as much about attitude as it is about style. Beau Brummel is thought to be the first of the dandies, an 18the century man who rejected the traditional dress code, went for full instead of knee-length trousers, and embraced a love of fashion. Beyond the stereotype, a dandy is certainly someone who values personal grooming and style as a way of expression, and Savile Row tailors have been associated with the suiting perfection dandies demand.

Bespoke – what it really means

Bespoke tailoring is what Savile Row is known for, but the term bespoke was first used to describe cloth that had been spoken for. Back then, fabric was much more expensive than the labour process. Agents sold lengths of fabric exclusively to one tailor, and customer reserved their desired cloth – they spoke for it.

Later, the term came to also encompass the superior craft and techniques involved in making a suit. About 60 measurements are taken for a bespoke suit, and they take into consideration much more than the usual ones: they consider a men’s posture, stance, their movement and any physical distinctive characteristics. No wonder bespoke suits are famed for being a luxurious personalised piece of tailoring art.

Savile Row craftmanship in Sydney

It was a no-brainer that on our last European trip we should stop by the famous street: to take the pulse, to pay respects to the tailors who paved the way. It was a great reminder of not only where it all begun, but of the level of craft and passion we hold ourselves accountable for.

Like many Savile Row businesses, Zink and Sons started as a family business; opened in 1895, it remains a family business today. Tailoring is one of those crafts that becomes almost infectious if you grow up around it. The painstaking measurements, the construction of a pattern from those measurements, the careful cutting of the cloth and bringing it all together in a garment that perfectly fits only one person and no one else. There is something incredibly powerful about creating such unique, long lasting pieces, and making such a tailored experience possible. There are many crafts around that can do that for a person anymore.

Not only that, but, like Savile Row tailors, we take pride in welcoming our clients into a beautiful heritage showroom. History, culture and style all at once – it’s quite an experience.

Going back to Savile Row this year reminded us why we’re in this business. We invite you to experience the bespoke experience for yourself. Make a booking now.

Fun fact: A plaque at No. 3 Savile Row honours the Beatles – the address is the former headquarters of the band’s Apple Records and the site of their last live performance on 30th January 1969.

Pitti Uomo – Where the world’s men’s fashion meets

Every year the who’s who of international menswear meets in Tuscany. This year Zink and Sons was there to take the pulse.

Pitti Uomo may have started as a trade fair in Florence, open to Italian designers only, but the last 15 years have seen the event grow to become arguably the men’s fashion event of the year. Everyone who is anyone in the men’s fashion world is there to learn about the latest trends, to set the latest trends, and connect with the most important players in the men’s fashion landscape. This year Zink and Sons was lucky enough to be among the attendees.

From regular trade show to revered trendsetter

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Zink and Sons bold colours at Pitti Uomo 2019

In the 70s, Pitti Uomo was not much more than a trade fair focused mostly on formal wear, aiming to attract buyers for Italian menswear designers. The foundations of Pitti Uomo Immagine as it is today were laid in 1989, when the event changed its name and opened its doors to international exhibitors, starting to position itself as a leading fashion event rather than a sidekick to Milan shows.

Now almost half of the exhibitors are international and buyers in their thousands are flocking to the Tuscan festival to find out what’s what in the upcoming fashion season.

This June’s event was a sign ‘of an entire industry that feels represented at Pitti Uomo and believes in the future, moving in harmony with all the big changes in communication, consumption and distribution, investing in research, materials and new technologies’, says says Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine.

Not only that, but true to its Italian heritage, the event is much more than a simple exhibiting space. It is curated with utmost care, offering a diverse range of experiences for visitors: A brief novel of men’s fashion exhibition at Museo della Moda e del Costume, the stand-out catwalk shows from Givenchy and Salvatore Ferragamo, and debut launches from Sterling Ruby and Marco de Vincenzo were some of this edition’s year’s highlights. Overall a well-rounded men’s fashion experience for the connoisseurs.

What is an Australian tailoring business doing at Pitti Uomo?

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Getting acquainted with the Albert Thurston braces

Beyond the dazzling street fashion and the dandy peacocks (the brightly robed men crowding the streets, eager to be photographed), Pitti Uomo is the meeting place for all those small, family-run heritage labels from UK, Italy and the rest of the world. Craftmanship hundreds of years in the making. As a buyer you can connect directly with these manufacturers – and their passion for exquisite quality is key to buying decisions.

Pitti Uomo is also where you find out who makes the most exquisite umbrellas, the most practical yet handsome weekender bags, the highest quality belts. We couldn’t help not bring some of these newfound treasures to Sydney, so soon you’ll be able to see these brands in our workshop:

It was hard to choose only a few, but their aesthetic and their longstanding dedication for high quality was best aligned with Zink and Sons.

Key take-aways from Pitti Uomo

Pitti Uomo is an absolutely incredible event to be part of and it’s hard to summarise everything that happens there in just a few words, but if we were to, these would be some of the take-aways.

Classic is hard to beat

We saw a flurry of styles and tastes at Pitti Uomo, but many had at least one foot in classic territory. Lesson: you just can’t go wrong with a classic piece. A tailored jacket, a well-fitting pair of trousers, an old Hollywood hat – you can pivot into different influences, but keep your look strong and timeless with at least one classic high quality piece. The street photography shows it best.

Dare to contrast

Sydney may not be the fashion playground that Pitti Uomo is, with peacocks at every street corner, clashing textures and colours. But a little contrast can go a long way to please the eye. A subtle clash of colour, of pattern, of texture, are our recommendations for your own fashion playbook.

Mix with the best in your industry

This last one is more of a business take-away than a style highlight. Being among those incredible heritage businesses felt exhilarating for us, and a great reminder of what we hold ourselves accountable to deliver to our clients: a unique bespoke experience worthy of royalty.

If you’re after your own delve into luxury men’s fashion, book a consultation with us and start planning your bespoke pieces.

 

How to dress sharp this winter

Staying warm, comfortable and looking sharp in the cooler months can be a challenge – these tips will make it effortless.

Sydney might not get to arctic temperatures or require you get your down feather ready, but there is still a style adjustment you needed to get comfortable, warm and still dress sharp. The air is crisp, mornings get into the one-digit zone, it rains more often. From layering to essential coat to the perfect footwear and accessories, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you face winter in style – so let’s dive into how to make that happen.

Get your winter fabrics right

The fabric you choose can make a big difference in keeping you cozy in winter. Now is the time to make the seasonal wardrobe switch: put your linens, cotton and summer weight wool suits away to make room for winter weight ones. What fabrics will keep you warm and still looking stylish? Here are some suggestions.

Wool – a natural insulator, but the summer weight suit is not going to do the job in cooler weather. Go for a heavier weight wool, maybe not quite as far as worsted wool, which is one of the heaviest, but choose something heavier that summer weight.

Tweed – is made from wool combining three yarns that are twilled to form a pattern. It’s warm, it’s stylish, it’s durable, and some say even water resistant. You can get some pretty stylish tweeds that will make you want winter sticks around for longer.

Corduroy is definitely making a come back. It might be the fabric you remember your father dawning in the 60s and 70s, corduroy is making its way in the wardrobes of the most stylish men. It’s comfortable, warm, and a little bit…hipster?

Not sure which one is right for you or how each fabric feels? Talk to us – we can show you some beautiful fabrics and help you choose the right one for you.

Beyond the fabric choice, remember that a lined, structured suit is already miles ahead in keeping you warm.

Stay sharp with accessories for winter comfort

Perhaps you already have your winter suits down pat and just need to add some accessories to lift the warmth game. Here are some that should be at the top of your list:

Scarf – stylish scarves make the man. Don’t go for a boring grey or black one. Choose a luxurious fabric, like cashmere or soft wool in a colour or print that compliments your (tweed) suits. Our money is on burgundy or deep green.

Gloves – again, go with something a little bit different. With a pattern or with a clasp, or even a different colour, something that will add a nugget of style to your winter attire. And if you’re going to invest, why not try to find a pair lined with cashmere, so soft inside that you won’t want to take them off.

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Stylish socks – Photo by Michael Wright for Unsplash

Socks – socks have become an essential style staple. You can tell how stylish a man is by looking at his socks. The good thing is they can play a very practical role as well. Merino is again a winner here because it provides the warmth without the bulk. You can find socks in some pretty cool prints. Pantherella are our favourites – from cashmere to escorial or merino wool, Pantherella socks have you covered for style and warmth.

Beanie – on some mornings or windy days, a beanie might be just what you need. Go for a soft cashmere or wool one to keep your precious head cozy and warm.

Layer confidently

All layering is about is adding another layer of fabric to insulate you from the cold. But it can also be an opportunity to add colour and texture to an outfit. Choose the superior fibres again, cashmere or merino, and dare to clash a few colours.

As you can see, staying stylish in winter doesn’t have to be cumbersome. Get these basics right and you’re onto a good start to making winter your favourite season.

Book a winter suit consultation.

What are some of your favourite style tips for winter? What quality winter items do you invest in?

Incorporating Seasonal Trends (without overdoing it)

Change in season  – you either love it or hate it. For those that love it, it’s a new and welcomed opportunity to start wearing new gear (without worrying about staving off the Sydney heat). And for the haters, it means making decisions around an inevitable wardrobe update and possibly even, (*dare I say it*) shopping.

It also begs the question “How can I incorporate seasonal style trends without looking like I’m fresh off the runway?”

To help you get ahead of the curve, we’ve picked our top six seasonal trends for autumn to upgrade your suit and keep you looking fashion forward without overdoing it.

Colour

Beige.  Once considered bland and boring, beige is set to take off this autumn and hold it’s own in the sartorial colour wheel. All you need to do is find the right tone for you and you’re off and running.

Our top tip: Beige is great for layering, separates, suiting and outerwear.

Green.  Deep green for autumn is a polished top seller for us. It provides something a little different and sets you apart from the norm.

Our top tip: We have a great deep green wool and mohair by Dormeuil which is an excellent option for the office.

Plums and Burgundy. I may not be a high-fashion icon, but plums and burgundy are predicted to be the colours of the season for suiting. At Zink & Sons, we take pride in our heritage and plum tailoring looks great with traditional heritage prints like tweed or houndstooth.

Our top tip: If wearing it head-to-toe is not your thing, try layering, shirting or even a statement blazer or jacket. A pop of it in your tie or pocket square is always a safe bet.

Trends

Stripes. For years now, we’ve been doing small textures and checks but stripes are becoming very popular in Europe and we’ll start seeing that here soon.

Our top tip: Go conservative or go bold – but don’t do both. Wear the classic check or pinstripe for a traditional look, or opt for a bright colour or bold print for a more modern touch.

Oversized. While we don’t encourage choosing an oversized suit, outerwear is a different story. To balance out slim fitting pieces, try an overcoat.

Our top tip: Think a wool and cashmere overcoat to wear over your suit. This keeps you warm all the way through to winter.

Layers. Autumn in Sydney can still feel like summer, but it’s the season for layering. With the rise of crisper mornings and cooler evenings, you can start introducing different textures (and even drag out the vest or suit jacket) to update the summer wardrobe.

Our top tip: Contrast is key. Experiment with new fabrics and textures to create clean and minimal silhouettes.

Not sure how to incorporate any of these into your current business wardrobe? Come in for a chat  and we can collaborate on some solutions together.

 

Dress for interview success

The essential business suit for a lasting first impression

In business, as in life, first impressions count for a lot. We have only seven quick seconds to make a good first impression, and we might not even get to say a word in that time. What you wear to an interview, or to a first important meeting, becomes an essential part of the language that you use to communicate who you are, to convey trust and confidence in our abilities.

The rest of the interview is usually spent trying to confirm that initial impression, and it can be very difficult to change it. That can feel like a lot of pressure, but it doesn’t have to be. We have put together some useful guidelines to help you make that first interview impression the best it can be.

What does your suit colour say about you?

You might think that the colour of your suit is secondary, something that won’t even be noticed. But you’d be wrong. Colour is up there with cut and fit in the importance chart. So we’re just going to come out and say it: navy is your power colour. If you want to build trust, look professional, credible, look no further than a navy suit.

We can go into what each suit colour evokes in people another time, but really, when it comes to interviews and making positive first impressions, navy blue is your colour.

Just in case you had doubts, definitely go for the matching suit rather than a mix and match option. It shows you are professional and are taking the interview process seriously.

Choose your fabric wisely

Wool is no doubt the first choice when it comes to business suits. The natural fibres mean that your suit won’t get stubborn crinkles. A wool suit regains its shape when stretched, so you don’t have to worry about it looking crumpled after a long drive. Secondly, it’s very important to feel as comfortable as possible. And wool is comfortable in every season – breathable and light in summer and insulating in winter. And of course, it looks great.

The best style for an essential business suit

Go with a classic design, rather than one with too many fashionable details. Most often that means a two-piece suit with two buttons, single breasted, with regular flap pockets, and a single or double back vent.

Accessorise carefully

 It’s true that the devil is in the detail – the accessories you choose can make or break your suit choice.

Cuffs – go with one or two-button cuffs rather than cufflinks. They lend a clean professional look, without any distractions.

Shirt collar – choose a collar that best frames your face. A spread collar works best for an elongated face, while a point collar is better for a round face. Make sure that the collar fits well and there is just enough room to wedge two fingers between it and your neck.

Ties – Whatever colour tie you choose (whether classic burgundy or blue, or even confident pink), make sure your tie compliments the rest of the suit and is of the best quality, preferably silk.

Shoes – Complete your interview look with a pair of round-toed Oxfords, with either closed or open lacing.

Don’t forget about the fit

It turns out no two men are built the same, which means finding a suit that fits you perfectly is almost impossible. Unless you have one made for you shape, that is. A bespoke suit is made entirely from scratch to fit your shape perfectly. If you must wear a store bought suit, then make sure you alter it to fit you perfectly.

In business image is everything. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when choosing a suit. Tell us what you want your suit to say about you, and we’ll guide you towards your best options for you, so you can look and feel the best you can.

Make your bespoke suits last longer

Here’s what you can do to extend the life of your suit

A bespoke suit is a real investment in your success and your confidence. It is created completely from scratch to fit exactly your shape. It’s only natural for you to want your investment to last you a long time. And it can, if you look after it the right way. We have put together a round-up of tips and tricks to help you extend the life of your suit and keep it looking fresh for as long as possible.

Choose your suit wisely

The good news is, if you chose a bespoke suit, you’re already ahead of the game. Clothes that fit well last longer. There is no unnecessary tension in the seams or the fabric because this suit is made to fit your shape exactly and comfortably. Chances are the fabric you chose is also high quality, and it wears better. Remember that your suit’s longevity starts before you buy it – the choices you make about fit and fabric will make a big difference in how well the suit will stand the test of time.

Buy a second pair of trousers

 It’s no secret that trousers wear through quicker than jackets. So do yourself a favour and order two pairs of trousers. You’ll basically get two suits for the price of slightly more than one. And don’t keep the extra pair in the back of your wardrobe waiting for its turn. Rotate them so they both wear at the same rate as the jacket. Both pairs will last you longer if they get a good break in between wears.

 Store your suit the right way

 How you store your suit has a huge impact on its lifespan. Here are a few key storage tips that will make a big difference to the longevity of your bespoke suit.

  • Make sure your suit has enough room in the wardrobe so the fibres can breathe easily
  • Invest in a cloth garment bag to protect your suit from dust and moths
  • Hang it as soon as you take it off – preferably on wooden rounded edges hangers (they absorb moisture better and they help restore the drape of the fabric). If you take your jacket off at work, make sure you have a hanger ready for it.

 When you travel, make sure you use a travel suit bag, and take your suit out of it to let it breathe as soon as you reach your destination. If you must fit everything into one suitcase, rolling is your friend. Don’t forget to turn the jacket inside out, so you protect the fabric from pulls and stains. Wearing your jacket when you travel is also a great option.

 The proper way to clean a suit

Keeping your suit clean means more than taking it to the dry-cleaners once in a while. It starts with you brushing it gently at the end of every wear. Use a soft brush and a downward motion to remove any dust particles, hair or dirt.

Approach dry-cleaning with care. If you clean your suit with your suit brush, and don’t wear it more than once a week, then you don’t need to dry clean it more than a couple of times a year. When you do need to dry clean it, make sure you choose a service that has a good understanding of bespoke suits. Zink & Sons offers a cleaning service for Zink & Sons suits, and we can also recommend dry-cleaners that offer a high quality, tailored service for your other suits.

Don’t go crazy with pressing

You don’t need to press your suit every time you wear it. The natural fibres will losen and de-wrinkle if you hang it properly after each wear. If you need to press it, use a steamer rather than an iron (which will make your fabric shiny) or choose a specialised service that will do it with care.

 Rotate rotate rotate

If you have the luxury of being able to buy several bespoke suits, rotating them evenly is the best way to ensure your suits get enough breathing time in between wears, and last you longer.

A few little tricks that will make a big difference

  •  Leave your jacket pockets stitched
  • Don’t store your keys, wallet, phone, in your trouser pockets
  • Unbutton your suit jacket
  • Don’t keep pens in the lining of your suit; use a pencil case
  • Let your suit take regular holidays: give it good regular breaks for the fibres to breathe and relax.

If you need help looking after your bespoke suits so they last you longer, check out the Zink & Sons cleaning and pressing services.

Tuxedos

Are you thinking about adding or updating the Tuxedo. Here is everything you need to know about choosing the right tux for you.

COLOUR

When people think tux they tend to think Black but you may be surprised to hear that our most popular choice for tuxedos is the midnight navy, which is a very dark navy shade. This is paired with the usual black satin lapels and buttons. Traditionally tuxedos have always been made using a very dark navy colour and it is still the way today. Black of course is still common, we recommend a matt finish black, if the black cloth has too much of a sheen then this can come across as a grey look in photos. White or more commonly off-white/cream is great for a jacket only combination with a black trouser, this attire can be worn for any black ties events but is perfect for grooms suit at a formal wedding.

STYLE

There are many tuxedo styles however, my recommendation is single breasted one-button. This is a style that will never date and always be perfect for any formal event. With the single-breasted style you will have the choice between two lapels, peaked or shawl (round) lapel. These are only two I would recommend with the other types of lapels being too casual for a formal tuxedo. The width of the peak and shawl lapels can be tweaked to your liking, I like wide which is no secret but we can cut your lapel to the width you feel most comfortable with.

Alterations

Revive some of your old suits – even if its not one of ours!

We offer an alteration service to any suit.

Four Alteration suggestions that can revive your older suits

SHORTEN SLEEVES

Having the correct sleeve length is very important. We usually prefer to aim around the wrist area, that way the shirt sleeve can extend out approx. 1cm or more from the jacket sleeve cuffs. We can either shorten the sleeves from the cuff end, moving the buttons or we can shorten the sleeves from the shoulder by removing the sleeves and re-attaching them. The alteration from the shoulder is needed if the sleeves have open or working buttonholes.

WAIST SUPPRESSION

Whether your suit was originally cut too wide through the waist or you have dropped down a kilo or two, taking in the side seams of the jacket to give a slimmer line through the jacket body is very important. We can alter the jacket waist from the back seams or the front seam, depending on where the extra fabric lies.

SHORTEN LEGS

When your trouser legs are too long it can be quite noticeable because above the shoe your trousers will bunch quite a lot. It’s not a good look as this will make the trouser bottoms look wider and untidy. Modern narrow cut trouser legs make it even more important to have the length just right.

TAPER LEGS

Baggy legs or flared bottoms just don’t cut it anymore. Tapering the trouser legs can give a much slimmer and modern line down the trouser legs.

I’m sure many of you have trousers and suits sitting in the back of the wardrobe that you just wouldn’t dare wear these days due to the wider cut of the trouser, we can slim them in to make them look like the cut everyone is wearing today.

Gift Vouchers

If you are struggling to find the perfect gift for a relative, friend or work colleague this Christmas, we offer gift vouchers for any bespoke item. We can make the voucher out to a bespoke suit, shirt, jacket or trousers; the voucher can also be made out to a value of money.