Posted: 7 May 2013

Attention stylish blokes (and those needing a helping hand)

Festival of Steve suitSometimes I get a bit green-eyed about the made-to-measure opportunities for men in Melbourne.

Beautiful tailor-made suits, shirts, shoes and accessories are popping up across the city. It’s more than just buying a suit – it’s a collaboration. And for a Melbourne bloke in the know, it’s possible to find the perfect outfit, cut to perfection, at a budget to suit.

But even the most fashion forward bloke can feel a bit intimidated by the whole bespoke outfitting scene. I know many men who see made-to-measure as a service for rich fellas and corporate bigwigs, but it’s not necessarily the case.

Carl NaveAnd Melbourne’s City Precinct has set out to prove it with the inaugural FESTIVAL OF STEVE.

Melbourne tailor Carl Navè (left) joined some of the city’s best bespoke clothing experts at the Kelvin Club on May 25. Suits, shirts, shoes, cufflinks… plus advice on wardrobe essentials and dressing etiquette (what is a lounge suit anyway?) from experts at clothing stores V&J Menswear and Captains of Industry, shoemaker Beggar Man Thief, men’s designer jeweler Lord Coconut and online gentleman’s store Pugnacious George.

But if you missed Steve, don’t worry. All of those menswear gurus are open for business. And if you want a guide, here are Carl’s favourite places to buy men’s clothing in Melbourne.

1. Clemente Talarico

22 Russell Place, Melbourne

“Paul and Clem are great pals of mine. They have been in the industry for quite a while and two people I really look up to. I love the strong stories they create within their seasonal capsules, it easy to get caught up in it all.  The product is cool and comfortable, and I can mix most of their pieces back with some of my own sartorial items for a more relaxed look.”

2. Marais

Level 2 314 Little Collins St  Melbourne

“I often visit Marais to feel inspired.  The avant-garde labels they carry such as Lanvin and Viktor & Rolf provide me with new ideas and make me feel like I’m shopping in Paris. I love that they are tucked away up above the beautiful Royal arcade. It’s the total experience for me.”

3. 124 Shoes

16-30 Russell Place, Shop G4

“Good shoes are so important, and often hard to find.  They really do complete the outfit.  These guys have a beautiful range of Italian and European footwear designers. I particularly love their mix of formal, business and casual, and they cover most trends simultaneously too.”

4. Dansk

121 Chapel St, Windsor

“I’m really into most things Danish at the moment.  I love the cleanliness and simplicity of good Danish design.  The guys at Dansk put together a beautiful range of clothing that makes me feel really comfortable but kind of chic at the same time.  They are a must for casual items.”

5. Mister Hewitt

5 Crossley St Melbourne

“Mr Dean Hewitt, the man behind Madam Virtue & Co has just released his latest brain child. Mister Hewitt carries beautiful vintage designer pieces that Dean personally scours the globe for. I love the range of accessories he comes up with. I truly believe that a bit of vintage has a place in everyone’s daily attire.”

To book a custom fitting with Carl Navè, call 0403 163 523 or email Find him at Suite 2A, 190 Bourke St, Melbourne

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