Manuscript editor Mitchell Oakley Smith discovers the array of menswear services at David Jones.
There’s no denying the significant shift over the past five or ten years in the way Australian men dress. With more international brands making their way Down Under, and Australian designers and tailors elevating their offerings, it has made for an altogether more polished gentleman on the city streets. In reflecting that shift and catering to the new market, department store David Jones now offers a wide range of services specifically around tailoring and suiting.
The store’s history is such that fine suiting has always been at its core – this is a department store, after all, that once held a banquet dinner for Queen Elizabeth II during the 1950s – so it stands to reason that David Jones should solidify its position as a leader in that category today. Of course, online retail continues to grow, but as anyone that has been fitted for a suit before knows well, it’s not something that can be replicated by a digital click, as so much of the tailoring process is about the accompanying experience.
From its vast selection of suiting – comprising high-end concessions, including Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani and Canali, right through to more entry-level brands, including Ted Baker, Sand and Eton – clients are invited to have their suits fitted in the store’s personal styling suite, a well-appointed space away from the shop floor. Further to that, its in-store tailors and stylists can assist with the process from start to finish, arranging for the alteration of the garments ready for pickup.
Here's the full list of menswear services available:
Fit and Measure
David Jones staff can help fit and measure you to ensure a perfect fit to your suit, shirt and trousers.
Tailoring and Alterations
Complimentary tailoring and alterations are available for full-priced suit purchases over $1000* at all David Jones stores. Items that you've purchased online can also be altered in-store, simply bring your a copy of your receipt and ask a David Jones sales assistant.
*selected brands. Terms and conditions apply.
Made-to-Order and Made-to-Measure Suiting
Often confused to be one and the same, Made-to-Order and Made-to-Measure are both custom tailoring services but differs mainly in whether the pattern is cut from scratch. A Made-to-Order (MTO) consultation allows you to pick from a range of fail-proof 'master patterns' and create the suit based on your choice of fit, fabrics, buttons and linings. The Made-to-Measure (MTM) service dials it up a notch with a tailor working on a pattern from scratch, taking into account not only your fit and measurements, but also according to your movements, posture and styling preferences.
Available from a selection of brands including Canali, Armani, Uberstone, Anthony Squires, Ganton and Ermenegildo Zegna.*
*Sydney and Melbourne only and services vary per brand.
Personal Style Advisor and Shopping Services
Complimentary services for those time poor or need help updating their style. Style Advisors are on hand at every David Jones store to advise on trends and styling tips, or book an appointment with a Personal Shopper for a truly luxurious shopping experience. Personal Shoppers are available in selected David Jones stores.
Book an appointment with a Style Advisor.
Book an appointment with a Personal Shopper.
Groomsmen Party Solutions
A Personal Shopper can also cater to outfitting your groomsmen party, with some brands like Joe Black offering a year-round 20% discount when you purchase three or more suits. Visit your nearest David Jones store or shop The Wedding Boutique online for all your wedding party needs.
Produced in collaboration with Manuscript. Images shot by Saskia Wilson and styled by Jolyon Mason.