A common question many often ask is what the difference between Made to Measure, Custom and Bespoke actually is. At George & King every client has the ability to design a look that is individual to them, reflects their personality and enables them to stand out from the crowd. Style aside, make you garment personal!
Here we breakdown the difference between these three terms so you can flash your expertise the next time you're after something a little more you.
MADE TO MEASURE
A Made to Measure (MTM) company will take the suiting pattern and modify the standard jacket block. The tailor will then tweak the standard block patterns to the specifications of your body shape. At George & King roughly 20 body measurements are taken during your first fitting. This includes sleeve length, jacket length, shoulder width and more.
Then the style concierge will pass on your choices and measurements to the master tailor. You won't get a chance to meet this tailor as the suits are hand crafted offshore. After 4 weeks when the garment is in-store, the second fitting will take place. If it still needs minor adjustments, this will be done locally and the final product will be ready within a few days.
When you decide to go MTM with George & King the client will have a one hour fitting. Going custom allows you to add small details and personal touches to your suit. The style concierge will help the client choose the perfect fabric, and talk the client through the customisation options to suit (excuse the pun) their body type and style preference, choices such as: how many pockets and pocket placement, how many buttons and what type, single or double breasted, the lining details, the lapel thicknes and more.The options are endless which is why this is a benefit of going custom. You get to choose and create!
Bespoke is defined as a handmade garment or item where the pattern is cut completely from scratch. This includes a first fitting so the tailor is able to adjust the suit right at the beginning stages. As a result, you have limitless options for the design of the suit because there is nothing to build on or adjust.
A pattern has everything to do with shape of the garment, how it sits with you, how it drapes on you, how it moves with you. With a Bespoke piece, a new pattern is created for each individual wearer. There is no modifying of base patterns because this could mean that the tailor could miss any of the individual quirks of the wearer’s body.
There are also many more fittings required with a bespoke suit. First is the skeleton baste fitting, second the forward fitting, third the fin bar fin fitting, all being done at different stages of tailoring. Then there are multiple other fittings to tweak the feel, the design. Talented tailors build on top each fitting. Bespoke is also handmade, not machine made. This means between 50-100 man hours can be placed into a single suit. MTM will have approximately only 20 man hours put into it in comparison.
A Bespoke suit can cost you anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000; dependent on fabric and quality of your chosen master tailor. A MTM is a little less damaging to the wallet, with George & King suits costing upwards of $700 and taking approximately 4-6 weeks to create.
George & King suits are handcrafted using 100% wool. Our business bundles, purchasing a second pair of pants and a few custom shirts will get you on your way to creating the perfect capsule wardrobe.
Words: Hannah Croly
Photos: Courtesy of Joe Cheng. Dappertude Event 2017
Fresh fashion and elegant runways, here’s everything you need to know about MBFWA Day 3.
If you’re out of the fashion loop, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) is officially gracing the city of Sydney. Day 3 delivered to the fashion pack fabulous shows, incredible designs and on-trend street style.
Here’s everything you need to know about Day 3 of MBFWA.
As per usual, Michael Lo Sordo wowed the crowd with his signature, effortlessly elegant draped aesthetics. Playing with contrasting textures, cheeky cut outs and a dominate palette of red with pops of pink, blue and canary yellow- the results were breathtaking.
Other notable moments were Katama By Garrett Neff debuting his luxury mens swimwear for the first time in Australia, as well as the fresh looks strutting down the runway by emerging designers at the St.George NextGen show.
Everything you need to know about the fabulous, fashion-filled chaos of MBFWA Day 2!
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) is finally gracing our Sydney shores, and we know we’re not the only ones who have been counting down the days and obsessing over the latest looks sashaying down the runways.
If you haven’t had a chance to escape your everyday for the fabulous, fashion-filled chaos that is MBFWA don’t fret, we’ve got you covered! Here’s everything you need to know about MBFWA Day 2.
Shows of the day
Alice McCall, Bianca Spender, Thomas Puttick, Albus Lumen, Justin Cassin, Double Rainbouu, Steven Khalil, Zhivago and Sass & Bide.
Opening the day was Alice McCall, and what a way to launch! Ultra-feminine aesthetics were the key feature on the floral runway. Think sheer, floaty ruffles and pops of fur ranging from soft golds to pastel pinks, blues and blacks.
Want to know the secrets to scoring a designer find without the price tag?
Constantly keeping up with all the changing trends and brands is tough- and expensive. Luckily for us, vintage is always in season. It’s important to remember that fashion goes in cycles. By the time something ends up in an op-shop it can be on the verge of a comeback. And the chance to scoop up luxury items at bargain prices is a very real thing when it comes to op-shopping. Not only are the chances of have a “twin-styling” moment with someone practically zero, you’ll also be helping out a charity in need. Two birds with one stone.
Of course we’re not just talking about the Vinnies and Salvos of the world. Brisbane has a wide variety of stores to choose from. The thrift scene is ever growing with even more thrift stores, vintage markets and clothing swap events popping up all over the place. With a bit of research, you will be sure to find a store to suit your style.
Here we’ve put together a guide to pre-loved purchasing. You’ll be rocking your stylish vintage threads and modestly thanking everyone for their outfit compliments in no time.
1. Know the lay of the land
If you’re familiar with doing the casual department store perusal, then hitting up an op-shop can be very overwhelming. Stock is often displayed in a way that could be considered cramped. But, in fact, op shop stock is usually organised into specific categories. Be methodical when working your way through the stock. The most amazing finds tend to be discovered with patience- and usually at the bottom of the pile!
2. Be prepared
It’s always a good idea to go through your wardrobe before visiting an op-shop. You don’t want to save something from the fashion landfill only for you to find it six months later at the bottom of your draw. You’ll end up guiltily returning it the op-shop without having received any use from it.
Pro tip: not all op shops will have eftpos facilities so it’s a good idea to have enough cash. You don't want to get out at caught at the register and have to leave your new found goodies behind.
With so much stock on the floor, sometimes things can get categorised wrong. A thorough treasure hunt should involve searching all sections of an op-shop – childrenswear, menwear, womenwear, and all sizes. Chances are you will find something great that may have been overlooked.
4. Look for quality
Just because you’re buying second hand doesn’t mean you have to skimp on quality. You don’t have to be an expert in fabric but by having a feel you will be able to tell if the fabric is of quality or not. A handy tip is to hold the item to daylight- the quality of the fabric will be more noticeable in sunlight.
Pro tip: When going through clothing, be picky. Does it look old and worn? Is it in good condition? Is it missing any embellishments such as buttons and are the zips working? Is it a colour that will go with other things in your wardrobe? Does it fit properly? Are there any defects?
Remember to keep going back. Chances are you won’t find that vintage designer on your first try. Fashion blogger Laura Timberlake once found a Gucci bag for $30 at a Salvo’s. Patience and persistence are the keys to successful shopping. You never know what you might find.
Don’t break the bank with the latest fashion trends; know what’s in and shop like a total fashion pro.
Every season we see fashion trends come and go more rapidly as designers struggle to keep up with demands and consumers turn to fast fashion to wear the latest pieces at affordable prices.
Not all of us have stacks of cash to burn so we simply have to be smart about how we transform our wardrobes every season to keep up with the latest fashion and style trends.
With 2017 welcoming Pantone’s colour of choice, Greenery, alongside the faux fur and corset belt trends, we’re here to assure you that there are style shortcuts that can stretch your dollars and your closet cycle.
Shop smart and invest in these 4 fashion trend updates in 2017 so you can look like the ultimate style-setter.
Add a fashion trend piece of colour
Every season there is a colour that will infiltrate wardrobes, buildings, interior design, food, travel and so much more. This year, we’ve embraced Greenery and last year we made room for Rose Quartz and Serenity.
The fastest and easiest way to inject the latest fashion trends into you everyday style is by playing with the shade of the season. Add a hint of on-trend colour with a belt or wear a block coloured dress for the ultimate statement.
This 2017 autumn winter we’re seeing faux fur take over the runways and our Instagram feeds. To grasp on to the latest fashion trends add one piece of texture to you wardrobe and work it back with your timeless staples. We all need one over-the-top style favourite that represents the year that was.
Add a fashion trend piece in a pattern or silhouette
Silhouettes or patterns date without any mercy, which is why you need to choose wisely.
If you opt for a pattern, think less is more. A piece that only has the latest pattern trend on the cuff or hemline will wear for longer than one season. Should you decide on a bold floral print jumpsuit – this may scream last season quite quickly.
By choosing an ‘it-moment’ silhouette, it’s best to work with a neutral colour as it will kindly see the distance season after season. This year in 2017 we’re seeing lot of accentuated shoulders. So think: off the shoulder, shoulder pads and even structured shouldered blazers.
Accessories are a fun way to experiment with the latest fashion trends. Currently, designers have highlighted the corset belt as the ultimate style staple for 2017.
Thanks to Kim Kardashian and Prada’s AW16 collection, corsets have had a revival. Layer them over crisp striped shirts, relaxed tees, bodycon dresses and the list goes on. It’s an accessory update that outlines feminine curves dramatically.
The best bit is that they’re available as traditional boned lace ups or elastic belts with buttons or hooks. So simple!
Dreaming of a capsule collection that won't break the bank? All you need is Dolly Girl Fashion!
It’s no secret we dream of having the ka-ching to splurge on weekly shopping sprees. The reality of being a fashion devotee is that there’s always new, totally lust worthy street style being rocked by Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid that we have to get our hands on. However, the sad truth is our wallets aren’t as forgiving as our celeb #GirlCrushes. That’s why we’re so excited to let you in on an insider secret that will transform your wardrobe without sacrificing your savings. Introducing Dolly Girl Fashion, the affordable boutique for modern muses who are always one step ahead of the fashion pack.
Dolly Girl Fashion are an Australian boutique who have ruled the Sydney style scene since 2004. In 2013 they launched their e-Boutique and now they express ship the latest looks to fashionistas worldwide. With 9 stores dotted across the city, and close to 500,000 social media followers, it’s safe to say that girls across the globe love Dolly Girl Fashion.
Providing slaying, affordable pieces all with a killer customer experience is of utmost importance to the Dolly Girl Fashion team. The boutique has firmly established a trendsetting reputation, and with their daily updates you’ll always find the perfect pieces for your curated closet. With their strong following of influencers, think Bella Fiori and Gabby Epstein, collaborations with beauty leaders like HiSmile and Benefit Cosmetics and even their collections being featured in Cosmopolitan, the boutique are truly making an impact on the fashion scene, proving that you can’t help but #lovedgf!
What’s unique is they understand what us fashionistas are looking for when searching for new updates. Whether it be slouchy knits, body con pencil skirts or the coveted bomber jacket - there's a wide array of options for all occasions. In particular, their winter wear selection will easily become hero favourites within your wardrobe this season.
Regardless of your personal style, Dolly Girl Fashion is your go to. Think flirty jumpsuits perfect for your #OOTD brunch dates or a showstopper party dress for your #OOTN soirees. Or are you after an eclectic, sheer stunner to help you unleash your inner wild child during festival season? Whatever the event, style and sought after colour, Dolly Girl Fashion has the ultimate addition for you!
Stuck on what to spoil your Mum with this Mother’s Day 2017? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered!
Mother’s Day 2017 is just around the corner and what better way to spoil your Mum than with gifts that will make her look and feel incredible! If you’re like us you may have left your shopping to the last minute, but not to worry because we’ve compiled a gift guide with items we know she’ll love!
Celebrate all things local with Brisbane’s most exciting competition thanks to Brisbane Fashion Month!
It’s time for all you fashion lovers to prepare themselves- Brisbane Fashion Month is returning for its second, awe-inspiring year. Raising the profile of Queensland fashion, the month long event provides forums for education and discussion, opportunities to showcase your work through pop up stores and competitions, not to mention all the chances to mix with industry professionals and peers. Founder and Director Carly Vidal-Wallace created the event in hopes to unite the industry and provide a substantial platform for national media coverage and audience engagement.
Fashion Weekly is proud to be a sponsor for such an important and stylish event. Our very own Director, Stacey O’Keeffe, will be part of an elite panel of fashion personnel to help judge the Creative Competition.
This event is the chance to showcase the work of designers, illustrators, stylists and photographers alike. Whether you have recently graduated from high school or university or you are a self-taught creative, you can enter. Entrants will be judged on their unique approach, originality and professionalism within its selected group. The categories include: Fashion Design, Accessory Design, Millinery Design, Styling/Photography, and Fashion Illustration.
Along with Stacey, a hand-picked panel of Brisbane leaders will judge the up and coming talent including Stylist Laura Churchill, Beginning Boutique founder and director Sarah Timmerman, Milliner Meredith McMaster, Senior Marketing Manager of Wintergarden Sarah Nolan, and Designer Andrzej Pytel from House of Ezis.
Each category winner will receive an online profile on the BFM website, the winning contestant will have their work showcased plus a creative photoshoot with the entry piece will be provided for portfolio purposes. Each category also has their own selection of individual prizes ranging in value up to $4290!
After initial submission, the finalists work will be placed on display in Wintergarden for shoppers to vote for their favourite piece. The winner will be announced during the Queensland Fashion Month Finale Party on October 28th. Entry is currently open and will close on 10th September. For more information about the categories and requirements head to the Brisbane Fashion Month website.
This is the chance to get your work known and learn all you can about the local fashion industry. Make sure to get on board and gear up for the month long celebration coming in October. Brisbane hasn’t had an event and competition like this before- so be sure to bring your A-game!
To celebrate, MBFF has released its Hero Image which will feature across all Fashion Festival branding throughout the year. The fashion shoot 'encapsulates the renewed Festival’s fresh, forward-looking vibe' as it marks a triumphant return with a stellar line up of Queensland designer collections.
Dallys Models, Lilli Tronc Robinson fronts the campaign image wearing an Italian Jacquard Cropped Theatre Jacket and Silk Faille Lounge Pants designed by Queensland fashion favourite, Paul Hunt.
“This year we have taken a very strong and modern approach to the Hero Image,” says Festival Director, Lindsay Bennett. “From the relaxed, evening chic outfit by Paul Hunt to the sleek, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz, the team have put together a really eye-catching and high-fashion image.”
The full 2017 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane program and participating designers will be released on Thursday, 1st June. Tickets go on sale the same day, via www.mbff.com.au or QTIX.