There comes a time in a man’s life when the ill-fitting suit inherited from dad’s closet begs to be retired. That time came and went a decade ago. Enter the humble menswear tailor. These artisans of their craft have a knack for turning fabric into custom works of art made to sit on a man’s body with impeccable fit and finish.
When off-the-rack no longer cuts it, it’s time to step up the game. We’ve done our homework to find you the best tailored suits Sydney has to offer.
330 George Street, Sydney CBD
Headed by the perennially stylish and knowledgeable Roger Shamoun, Zimma Tailors has forged itself as one of Sydney’s premiere destinations for men’s suiting. The tailoring house is located in the heart of the CBD and is the only tailoring house in Australia to provide the full tailoring service including bespoke, made-to-measure, ready-to-wear and in-house tailoring and alterations. With suits that evoke pure Italian craftsmanship and styling, men can expect immaculate attention to detail ingrained in every garment that departs this store.
A Tailor’s Words: “Zimma Tailors is a proper tailoring house with real tailors and a real passion for what we do. If you carefully inspect our work you can see we use the same quality and artisanship in our ready-to-wear and made-to-measure as we do in our bespoke.” – Roger Shamoun, Founder
Brands: Zimma Tailors
Shop RG25, 500 George Street, The Galeries
Brent Wilson has become an authority on the local men’s fashion scene since the launch of his eponymous store a decade ago. His past clients have included people like the late Prince, but it’s his ability to bring Australian tastes to modern suit making that has seen him grow his sartorial footprint into Melbourne with more to come. Besides their ready-to-wear items, Brent Wilson also has a made-to-measure tailoring service which boasts a generous range of over 500 premium fabrics alongside a plethora of lining and button options to ensure the perfect fitting custom suit without breaking the bank.
A Tailor’s Words: “Brent Wilson Made to Order is a collaboration between brand and client. A luxury brand experience where out highly skilled client liasons assist you to create a personalised custom suit that is unique to the man and his needs without comprmising the signature Brent Wilson style aesthetic.” – Brent Wilson, Founder
Brands: Brent Wilson
2/73 York St, Sydney CBD
Another respected Sydney CBD player in the tailoring game is Oscar Hunt. These guys have the expertise to sort out your made-to-measure needs whether it’s in business, play or events. Their fitters work with clients to identify any unique requirements, taking into account specific uses of the suit before walking through the various design options and finishings. All of this takes place in the comfort of Oscar Hunt’s plush fitting room which can easily double as a man cave.
A Tailor’s Words: “Oscar Hunt specialises in crafting the perfect suit for the individual and their unique requirements. Out of our stunning showroom on York St, we spend the time to learn about our clients to create something truly remarkable.” – Steve Barkla, Head Fitter
Brands: Oscar Hunt
Suite 202, 90 Pitt Street
Sitting just above the Swiss Concept store in Sydney is a hidden gem called Kazuna. This boutique tailor offers one of the city’s finest range of made-to-measure suits that are 100% made in Japan. Kaz is the man who runs the establishment which provides discerning clients with a dazzling array of suit customisation options from the dress shirt collar right down to the sleeve cuffs. Far from just a suit store offering quality garments, Kaz has earned his sartorial stripes on Saks Fifth Avenue in New York where he managed labels like Charvet, Kiton and Brioni. It’ll be interesting to see what Kazuna brings to the Sydney menswear scene in the years to come.
A Tailor’s Words: “We specialise in everything ‘Made in Japan’: Made-to-measure suits, shirts, shoes, knits, ties and small leather goods. It’s something that the average made-to-measure place wouldn’t offer. That’s the concept of Kazuna.” – Kaz, Founder
The Bespoke Corner
Shop 1, 55 Regent Street, Paddington
The Bespoke Corner headed by Mens Fashion Blogger’s Miles Wharton is all about building a custom suit anytime, anywhere – that’s 24/7 for those playing at home. Their range offers Italian made suits for business, casual or leisure with an extensive list of customisation options right down to the initials on the label. As an incentive, every booking appointment is free whilst an assigned tailor takes ample time to sit down, chat and evaluate the client’s needs. Even the delivery of the finished suit is done by hand to ensure indulgence begins from start to finish.
A Tailor’s Words: “Our clients deserve the best, and that’s no longer just about fabric, our service accommodates our clients at all hours, at any cost and in any location to suit your needs, always with a whisky on hand for your pleasure.” – Miles Wharton, Founder
Brands: The Bespoke Corner
410/350 George St, Sydney CBD
No visit to Sydney’s menswear scene is complete without dropping in to Crane Brothers. Founded by Murray Crane in 1999, Crane Brothers offer a fine selection of handmade menswear with a strong focus on Made in Italy for both ready-to-wear and made-to-measure. They are also wedding specialists and are open for business from 10am-6pm Monday to Friday or on a by appointment basis.
A Tailor’s Words: “Crane Brothers’ made-to-measure service offers quality, value, and extensive customisation. All garments are cut, crafted, and hand-finished by our tailors entirely within New Zealand or Italy.” – Chris Vovan
Brands: Crane Brothers
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G.A Zink & Sons
56 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
For a classic English take on men’s suiting without compromise, G.A Zink & Sons is one of the oldest places to hit up in town. The establishment is one of Sydney’s most enduring, having been around since 1895 to dress the stylish men of Sydney. Robert Jones and his son Daniel are currently 6th generation tailors leading the sartorial charge with expertise in both traditional suiting as well as the more modern aesthetics. They offer both premium made-to-measure and bespoke services to suit those moving on from ready-to-wear.
A Tailor’s Words: “We pride ourselves on our quality. Any style can be chosen and we can replicate photos as well as fabric choice. Everyone here has been tailor cutters or actual tailors themselves, so a lot of experience goes into making every suit.” – Daniel Jones, Tailor
Brands: G.A Zink & Sons
7 Walker Lane, Sydney CBD
P.Johnson provides a refreshing take on traditional dapper suiting by adding a hint of quirkiness and fun. More importantly they encourage their customers to add a personal touch to their made-to-measure suits which promise both function, originality and beauty. Their team can assist customers with fabrics, colour, tone, drape, texture and body measurements to ensure the the optimal balance of quality and aesthetics. They also cater for wedding suits, but be sure to book an appointment as the store can get quite busy.
A Tailor’s Words: “P.Johnson Tailors specialise in soft, supple and ultra-light custom-made suits and separates. With their own dedicated Su Misura workshop in Tuscany, PJT has the ability to create clothing for the individual by building wardrobes that truly reflect the wearer, as well as the occasion.” – Blanka Nemeth
Level 3, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD
Finally we have the store which stocks just about everything in the latest cutting edge fashion for men. For those who don’t know, Harrolds also offers made-to-measure and custom tailoring services through their Concierge program. That means customers can pick luxury suits from labels such as Tom Ford, Saint Laurent and Thom Browne and have them fitted to their exact body dimensions. They even boast their own line of suiting which is designed in-house and produced in Italy from Australian wool.
A Tailor’s Words: “Our Made-To-Measure program offers our clients the opportunity to have a fully customised garment crafted by the finest suiting brands in the world specifically to their measurements.” – Mary Poulakis
Brands: Tom Ford, Saint Laurent, Thom Browne, Givenchy
Herman Bros. & Co
42 Railway Parade, Burwood
Based in the bustling inner-city suburb of Sydney’s Burwood, Herman Bros & Co. is an unashamedly niche boutique garment house that’s all about humility, hand craftsmanship and dressing men the old school way. They pride themselves on their fabrics to create the perfect fitting suit designed to last a man’s lifetime.
A Tailor’s Words: “My service is something which is unique; I focus on understanding the purpose, personality of each commission and person. From there the choice of fabrics, cut and options are built upon, whilst delivering on a level of craftsmanship at the highest level. Ultimately, it’s about something which is timeless – a “Tailor for Life”.” – Herman, Founder
Brands: Herman Bros.
Shop 30, 455 George Street, Sydney CBD
M.J. Bale suits are specifically designed for the Australian climate. Born from the mind of Matt Jensen, the M.J. Bale name is synonymous with exquisite and quality suiting. To achieve this, the label has built a tailoring service which culminates across three continents with a robust supply chain between Australian woolgrowers, Italian weavers and Japanese tailors. This ‘Samurai Suiting’ range headed by their master Japanese tailor Kaneko is the pinnacle of the M.J. Bale tailoring service for men who demand the finest made garments.
Brands: M.J. Bale
412-414 George St, Sydney CBD
Sydney’s Strand Arcade is home to Suit Shop, a dedicated fitting space and tailoring service that makes sorting out a fitted suit simple. For those on a budget, Suit Shop offers made-to-measure suits for less than $1,000 along with plenty of options to choose from (5 lapel styles, 10 different pocket styles and over 1,000 cloths) alongside expert staff who have been through extensive training with Suit Shop’s sister company, P.Johnson Tailors.
A Tailor’s Words: “We specialise in custom made suits for under $1,000 but more importantly Suit Shop creates suits that fit, look and feel better than anything else in that price range. We’re inspired by all things design and our tight-knit team of expertly trained tailors are passionate about the sartorial process, personally guiding men through the ins and outs of suiting to achieve a strong, balanced and comfortable look.” – Blanka Nemeth
Brands: Suit Shop
Step up your sartorial swagger with the help of Sydney’s bespoke specialist, Wil Valor. The team here boast a serious fabric range with over 3,000 samples sourced from high-end Italian & English Mills. The garments themselves are also unique to Wil Valor with adaptable styles inspired by current trends, classic sartorial elegance and innovation. Andrew Taylor is the man at the helm of the label and says that it’s about providing a truly bespoke garment via the Sydney and Brisbane showrooms.
A Tailor’s Words: “Your pattern is drawn by hand, your skeleton baste fitting by hand & your hand finished garments are reviewed by expertly trained and experienced clothiers. More specifically we like creating fucking cool suits with over 25,000 garments hand delivered since 2005.”
Brands: Wil Valor