We talk to groom Jan Antolik, winner of a Fashion Week experience with New Zealand Weddings and top suit makers Crane Brothers…
“After seeing Crane Brothers’ suits on the New Zealand Weddings Collection catwalk at Fashion Week, I knew I was in for a treat. What better time than your wedding to have a bespoke suit made? The fact that I could wear something of such excellence – and then keep it for occasions beyond ‘I do’ – was an exciting prospect.”
“With this in mind, I attended my first Crane Brothers fitting – the start of a fascinating and detailed process. I had my mind set on a slimline suit, so Matt from the High Street store took my measurements before assisting me in choosing a number of ready made versions to try. This helped me make decisions on style and colour.”
“I eventually opted for a navy suit made from Italian wool. At the second appointment, it was all about ensuring the fit was correct: Matt tapered the trousers, took in the waist of the jacket and finalised its length. We also chose the lining for the waistcoat and jacket. My new suit was finished completely for the third and final fitting.”
It’s all in the detail
Going for a classic suit? Set it apart with well-balanced extras. “I chose copper buttons, because I really wanted to add a point of difference to the finished look.” “I found shoes in a matching tone, then spent an hour at the shop choosing the bow tie and pocket square – the options are endless! But in the end, the idea was to keep it simple. We chose a classic navy bow tie and a white pocket square with navy polka dots.”
Going bespoke? Designer Murray Crane of Crane Brothers reveals how grooms can look their best:
- Worth the wait. Fitting and creating a bespoke suit takes time, so be sure to start the process at least eight weeks before the big day.
- Future proof. If this is the groom’s first bespoke suit, he should choose it with an eye to what he can wear to future events. If in doubt, stick to a timeless aesthetic. There’s a reason the classics never go out of style.
- The right tone. A swatch of the bride’s gown fabric is useful to have on hand when it comes to the groom choosing suit and shirt colours.