When drawing up the budget for a wedding, there’s always debate about how to make things look good while trimming down the costs. One such area is the groom’s attire – rent a suit and all the accessories or have one custom made for the occasion? The temptation can be to go for a rental, but there are benefits to having a new suit tailor made – not least of which being the ability to use it again for other functions and events.
In this Q&A, Adam asked Dan Breese – co-founder of boutique suit tailor Briggins – about the benefits of buying rather than hiring, the costs involved and how to get your man looking his best for the big day!
ONE: Can you explain how the process works?
We operate a travelling tailor experience and visit our clients in either their home or office. The idea was initially created for the time-poor gentleman. Briggins also has three showrooms across two cities (Sydney and Melbourne), where clients are welcome to visit by appointment at no obligation, enjoy a scotch and be styled and measured by one of our professional fitters. Our offering includes both off-the-rack (with adjustments included) and also a made-to-measure program for custom-made suits.
TWO: Where do you source your fabrics?
We have a wide range of fabrics sourced globally, including from France, Italy, Turkey and China. Ultimately, the cost of the fabric determines the overall cost of the garment.
THREE: Where are the garments made?
We have six tailors based in Melbourne, with a new team starting in Sydney, and all adjustments are completed in-house. Our off-the-rack options are sourced through New Zealand.
FOUR: Can you give a general idea of prices?
Pricing including all adjustments typically starts at $599 for a fully fitted suit. Our custom made-to-measure program starts at $1099.
FIVE: Is there a catalogue groomsmen can look through for inspiration?
Our website is currently going through a revamp, however we have a gallery online at www.briggins.com.au to check out a snapshot of what we have done in the past. Our new season photo-shoot is under-way.
SIX: What are the benefits of a tailor-made suit for the groom and groomsmen over formal hire?
Having a suit tailor-made or custom-made is empowering. Knowing it’s individually constructed with many man hours to create something individual for you only is a great feeling in itself.
When hiring, there is a generic mindset where one size fits all and the garment has been worn many times and experienced many events.
When purchasing, you are the first and only person to be wearing it, the suit fits you in all the right places and as a result photos etc. look even better.
Ultimately, every gent needs at least one great fitting suit in their wardrobe for a broad range of occasions; this way, the suit can provide great value for years to come.
SEVEN: What are the lead times from measuring to receipt of the suit?
Made-to-measure is 4-6 weeks. Our off-the-rack program can be as little as a few days, however due to our heavy workload, we’re recommending clients give themselves a little more time.
EIGHT: What do you recommend to groomsmen looking to have suits made?
Most importantly, trust your gut and ensure you are confident with the person looking after you. Service is everything. Check reviews to put your mind at ease.
NINE: Do you think that particular styles lend themselves more to certain body types, heights, appearance etc.?
No doubt dressing in a certain style can determine how you look and are also perceived, along with accentuating the positive body traits and perhaps minimising any concerns. When you look good, you feel good.
TEN: And lastly, what advice do you give brides about helping their groom find a suit?
We have many brides accompany their grooms at the initial consultation, which can put their minds at ease. Pinterest and Instagram are changing the way wedding research is compiled, giving first-hand examples of real clients. I recommend starting with the venue and desired style and feel you are after; everything works backwards from there.
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If you need any help working out either what your groomsmen should wear or their wedding duties, contact us for some one-on-one consulting.
All images provide by Briggins.