Fashion Week Quick-Fire: Crane Brothers

What's Murray Crane's key accessory for grooms? Find out in our pre-Fashion Week chat.

  • Story by Photo Stephen Tilley

What's Murray Crane's key accessory for grooms? Find out in our pre-Fashion Week chat. 

When was Crane Brothers founded?
In 1998.

And how many stores do you now have?
Two in New Zealand and one in Sydney, plus crane-brothers.com.

What will we see from Crane Brothers in the New Zealand Weddings Collection show at Fashion Week?
This season is a move towards softer construction and lighter cloths. As always there is still a strong representation of Tuxedo and Special Occasion. In recent years we’ve seen a strong return to more formal weddings and this continues for 2016.

What about styling? What’s the icing on the cake at this year’s show?
The icing is always a secret.

What was your inspiration?
How is your upcoming collection different to past years? It's just a gradual progression − more refined and always with some fashion pieces but true to who we are and what we do.

What’s a key accessory for a groom?
A beautiful bride.

From your perspective, how does a groom’s suit fit the context of a wedding?
It should complement the bride’s dress but not overwhelm it.

How can a groom tie his look in with the bride?
Try not to match but don't clash. Choose subtle and neutral colours, and nothing to warm, so ivory rather than cream.

How can he distinguish himself from the groomsmen?
He needs to stand out; they should complement him in the same way he complements his bride.

What’s the biggest mistake grooms make when they start their search for wedding attire?
They leave it too late and try to make too much of a statement. Stylish and simple will always make a greater impact.

How early should a groom start looking for his suit?
Allow at least three months if you want something made. 

How late can he order his suit from you?
An absolute minimum of four weeks for made to measure, but there will be some limits on cloth and style choice. We also have off-the-rack options that can be done more quickly but still require time. 

What’s the first and last thing a groom should concern himself with when it comes to his ensemble?
First: fit. Last: accessories and good socks.


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