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Braddon Tailors and Fashfest: Through the Years

With Fashfest 2017 about to kick off for another year, we're looking at our collections and how they've evolved since we started working with the Fashfest team.

 

2014:

For our first show during Fashfest, BT presented beautiful classics with a twist. From garments for daily wear to the classic navy tuxedo, we were excited to show Canberra just what we can offer, and how a made-to-measure suit is not just reserved for A-list celebrities. By far, the most popular garments were our denim suits, made from Japanese denim and cut in a contemporary corporate style for men and women.

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2015:

In 2015, Fashfest changed and grew into a much larger international fashion show, and our collection also took a different turn. Held in the National Convention Centre Canberra, 2015 was a celebration of the arts, with musicians, DJs, artists and fashion designers all uniting under the one roof.

The creativity of our collection was lauded, pairing vintage tweeds, pastel colours and casual shoes with the stunning jewellery of Tanja von Behrens and handmade Italian accessories of Casa Pavone.

 

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2016:

Last year, Fashfest moved to coincide with the Spring Fashion season, and BT was on trend with a collection of blues. Featuring luxury fabrics from our own Acton Collection and from famed French mill Dormeuil, textures, colour and layers were the order of the day. We showed off some exciting ladies pieces, and once again teamed up with Casa Pavone who provided their delightful silk grenadine ties, silk bow ties and handmade pocket squares. We offered pieces that could be worn as part of an ensemble or individually, and it was our most popular collection to date.

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We cannot wait to show you what our 2017 collection has to offer, and you only have 4 days to wait! Grab your tickets online at www.fashfest.com.au and we'll see you on Saturday 30 September in Canberra.

EOFY OFFER

We'd like to give all our clients a little EOFY bonus this year! 

Book an appointment with us by June 30, and receive $100 off your next two/three piece suit, PLUS the first five customers will also receive a FREE made-to-measure shirt!

Calll us on 61816442, email at info@braddontailors.com or contact us via the button above. 

Terms and conditions: offer only valid on two or three piece suits from the Huddersfield Cloth, Dormeuil and Dugdale ranges. Offer not redeemable on shirts.

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How to Wear and Fold Your Pocket Square


Pocket Squares are certainly all the rage right now, but that doesn't mean that you can't stand out from the crowd! Pocket squares can be difficult to wear well; a pocket square should not be a loud statement, but should tone well with the rest of your ensemble. 

Primarily, a pocket square MUST contrast with your jacket, but try to consider scale. If wearing bold checks or pinstripes, go for a fine pattern, or plain white linen pocket square. Conversely, if wearing a a jacket with a fine pattern, choose a pocket square with a large design to keep things from getting too busy. Most importantly, try to tone rather than match your tie.

We have a great range of pocket squares in store, and available at Casa Pavone.

 

 
With a bold jacket like this, your best bet is to choose a plain cotton/linen or fine-patterned pocket square that tones nicely with your ensemble. image: courtesy Instagram @articlesofstyle

With a bold jacket like this, your best bet is to choose a plain cotton/linen or fine-patterned pocket square that tones nicely with your ensemble.

image: courtesy Instagram @articlesofstyle

Above: this is quite a bold look, but the fine-patterned pocket square elegantly highlights the brown shantung silk tie. image: Braddon Tailors

Above: this is quite a bold look, but the fine-patterned pocket square elegantly highlights the brown shantung silk tie.

image: Braddon Tailors

Above: with solid blues, a fine, intricate design pocket square adds elegance and interest to a classic ensemble. image: courtesy Instagram @pauwmannen

Above: with solid blues, a fine, intricate design pocket square adds elegance and interest to a classic ensemble.

image: courtesy Instagram @pauwmannen

 

As for how to wear your pocket square? These are our favourites, courtesy of Dormeuil:

 

1. The Straight Fold:

This is a great way to wear your pocket square if you're new to the game! Best to choose a firm fabric, like a linen or heavier silk. Simply fold in half, then fold the bottom third up to allow it to fit in your jacket pocket. Choose this on a daily basis- a white linen pocket square will lift your corporate look, and tone with any neck tie.

 

 

 

Image: Dormeuil

Image: Dormeuil

2. The Two-Point Fold:

Certainly more elaborate than the straight fold, this one is fun and a little less formal. Place the square down on the diagonal, and fold the bottom up so that it sits adjacent to the top point. Fold both the left and right sides over so that they make square edges. You can refine the shape once inserted into the jacket.

 

3. The Free Fold:

This one is not really a fold, but is great if you want to have a bit of fun! Open the pocket square out fully on a flat surface, pinch the centre, and insert it centre first into the outer pocket. You'll end up with the points sticking up, which you can then adjust as desired. Works best with a plain, solid suit fabric.

Image: Casa Pavone

Image: Casa Pavone

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Suit Fabric and the Super Numbers

The ‘super’ numbers are one of those great marketing inventions of the retail industry, allowing salespeople to bamboozle customers and charge more for a product than it is really worth. The higher the number the better it must be, right?

No.

With suits, and woollen fabrics, the super number is really just a measurement of how fine the wool has been spun to make the fabric for the suit or jacket. The higher the number, the finer the fabric. Beyond this though, there really isn’t any relevance to the super numbers. A poor quality wool can be spun very finely, and exquisite wool can be spun less fine. Think of Harris or Donegal Tweeds; these are amazing fabrics that are certainly very coarsely spun, but are spun from the some of the finest wools available.

This is why some S100s suit fabric feels far superior to the S150s suit some bloke at work is telling you he picked up for a bargain from a traveling salesman or on his last holiday to south-east Asia.

The other thing to note, that if wool is spun too finely it becomes impractical for regular wear, and will wear out too quickly. With fabric, like anything in life, you pay for quality. The better the quality of wool in your suit, the better the suit will last and the better the drape should be on your body.

The bottom line is, don’t worry too much about the super ratings, if the fabric feels nice and you like the patterns and colours, buy it. Our next article in this series will cover perhaps the most important consideration for you when buying a suit, the fit.

 

 

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What Colour and Style of Suit Should I Buy?

So you need a new suit. You might need something for work, a special event, or even your wedding. One question we receive a lot is "what colour and style of suit should I get?"

It may come as a bit of a shock, but do not buy a black suit. Black suits are for funerals, school formals and security guards. Black, as a colour, just doesn't work with many other colours, and it clashes with many skin and hair colours too.

Our advice is no matter whether this is your first suit, or one of many, keep it simple. While more flamboyant colours and patterns can work well, make sure you cover the basics first. It will look odd at work if the only suit you ever wear is a bold pinstripe or check.

The most versatile suit is one made from a plain navy blue fabric, with a little bit of variation in the weave. A navy blue suit will see you right at work, out to dinner, to a wedding or anywhere you might want to go. You can wear the blazer separately with chino trousers for a dressed down but still elegant look, and indeed a bold pocket square or tie may make the outfit pop without looking out of place in the daily work environment. 

So, start with navy blue, and then move into a charcoal suit. These colours are versatile and if you only have one or two suits, you can wear these regularly, to most events, and not feel like you are out of place.

For styling, either a notch or peak lapel is fine, just make sure the lapel isn't too narrow. Two buttons and single breast is the best option for most people.

If you're interested in a new suit but are unsure on where to start, let us know and we'll gladly arrange an appointment for you with our designers to step you through the creation of your first made-to-measure garment.


A navy blue suit is a must for your wardrobe. Conservative enough for any workplace, You can still make a statement through your choice of accessories such as ties, pocket squares, and boutonniere.

A navy blue suit is a must for your wardrobe. Conservative enough for any workplace, You can still make a statement through your choice of accessories such as ties, pocket squares, and boutonniere.

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Fashfest - Full set of Photos from our Collection.

We had such an amazing response to Fashfest - for those who haven't had a chance to check out the images on Facebook or through the media, here's a gallery of the gorgeous fabrics from our Acton and Dormeuil Collections. These events are truly only possible through collaboration, and we couldn't have done it without the amazing models, photographers, make up artists, and Fashfest crew.