Fashfest 2014 – Braddon Tailors

Making their debut at Fashfest this year are bespoke suit makers Braddon Tailors, specialising in quality made-to-measure suits.

As a customer, your Braddon Tailors experience will begin with a visit to their inner city studio, located next to the Canberra Theatre.  There you can choose from the range of unique, quality fabrics on offer including fabric from the London Cloth Company who specialise in hand-looming fabrics on 180 year old vintage British looms!  With your fabric picked you can specify what types of suit features that take your fancy… patch pockets, double breasting, skinny lapels… etc.  From there you are professionally measured and your fabric and measurements sent overseas for manufacturing.    Once returned you will be required for not one but 3 fittings, after each one your suit will be altered (in Canberra) each time ensuring that it fits like a glove.  The whole process only takes four weeks and can cost under $1000.  Customers generally opt for a black, charcoal or navy suit for versatility though there are some amazingly funky colours and fabrics on offer, sourced from Europe, China, England and Turkey.  Generally the suit styling is English, both in the lining and fit however they also make unstructured and unlined suits upon request.

For the high end suit aficionado, Braddon Tailors also offer hand-drawn, hand-fitted and hand stitched suits made in London’s Saville Row using some of the world’s finest wool fabrics.  This process takes up to 6 months with all alterations occurring in London with the suit shipped back and forth… This super high end suit can set you back up to $10,000!

Co-Designer Tarun Chalker

With a family background in tailoring and garment manufacturing which started in his home town of Orange where his family owns a haberdashery store, Braddon Tailors is the creation of Pip Morgan who in 2009 started the label.  In 2012 Pip was joined by Tarun Charker who as a CIT fashion student who noticed Pip pouring over suit designs at his local coffee shop.  Tarun started as an intern and co-designer with the label, bringing years of experience working for street style labels such as G-Star and Billabong.  Pip’s classic English styling mixed with Tarun’s modern edge work together harmoniously and the two are looking to launch a more casual menswear range post Fashfest.

So what can guests expect from the duo at Fashfest?  Well it won’t be just classic black mens suits.  Their collection will include tailored shorts, suits for women and of course a full tux!  There will be drills, browns and blues and a more casual take on suiting up.

Braddon Tailors will hit the catwalk at Fashfest on Thursday 1st of May, only a few more days to get your tickets!! 

Albert… Like a kid in a candy shop!

– Written by Albert Soesastro and Happy Schnapper

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