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As the Christmas season approaches we have added some exciting new pieces to our made to measure collection. In association with our German business partner Wilvorst we will be showcasing these looks at some major fashion shows around the country in the next few months.As well as the highly successful platinum range of bespoke cloths that have been on offer throughout the year we are adding 50 new cloths to prepare for the festive rush.Once again we can promise our customers, cloths, that are exclusively available at Tom Murphys and you can rest assured that our tailors will create something really special in fit,look and quality.
The new cloths arrived in store a few days ago and represent the finest that Italian fabric houses can offer. Special adition cloths by Zegna, Marlane, Marzotto and Vitale barberis can be viewed by prior appointment with one of our tailoring team. For a catalogue showcasing some of these new cloths simply pick up the phone and order one and we will have it out to you by post the next day.
Watch out for some tasty classics such as the Tollegno colour 30 (dark navy) made up in a double breasted pin stripe and a very special double ticket pocket Zenga grey check.
As the Autumn draws to a close and the Winter draws ever nearer we have decided to look back at some of the more unusual outfits that made their way into our groom swear collection over the Summer.In case any of you readers see an outfit that you like ,fear not, as everything in this collection will still be available until January 2016.As the name suggests the Prestige collection is all about splendid silky materials and stylish slim cuts,making it a range of wedding attire for the more adventurous among us
Gary Spike O Sullivan was the pride of Cork and Ireland as he landed a knockout blow to floor Melvin Beracourt and win the WBA NABA title in Boston a few weeks ago.Spike caused a sensation when he came out into the ring wearing a kilt supplied by none other than ours truly Tom Murphy Menswear.When he came into the shop he was kitted out in the full tartan works by Dermot who is our resident kilt expert.Between the two of them it was decided that the pride of Ireland was the most appropriate kilt for Spike to wear for the title fight(Only Dermot and Spike were privy to the fact that the kilt would actually be worn in the fight itself!).There was a buzz of excitement in the shop the day Spike came in and he was incredibly generous in posing for photographs with customers and staff alike.As to the fight itself the champ didn’t take long to despatch Beracourt-some four minutes to pulverise the hapless Central American and stake his claim to fight one of the big boys in world boxing.It is starting to look increasingly likely that Spike will be fighting either Andy Lee,Goloshny or Chis Eubank junior next.
How to Distinguish the Groom
People ask me every day of the week-“How do you distinguish the groom from the rest of the party”?.In the old days it was pretty straight forward when the groom wore a cravat and everyone else dressed in the same outfit with a tie.To say things have become a little nuanced in contemporary grooms wear is an understatement.Here in Tom Murphys we like to think we cover all the angles.Some of our grooms dress in a different color suit entirely or maybe opt for a waistcoat and tie/plastron in a different colour.(Please try not to listen to the ill advised words of salesmen in regular suit shops when they tell you cravats are a thing of the past-nothing could be further from the truth!).
There are no rules
The only rule now is there are no rules.We are seeing more and more wedding parties where the suits are being mixed up ,with the groom going for something different from the rest of the party.In Ireland we are cautious by nature and we like to keep the colors similar and keep the connection strong between the main man and his teammates!If you fancy this you could go for a suit that is a similar color but maybe a bit bolder or more extravagant.The lads can have ties to match the bridesmaids and groom can turn to ivories/champagnes to acessorise his ensemble.We are seeing lots of parties with blue on the groom and a similar but slightly more subtle shade on the rest of the group.
If you feel like being very brave and adventurous you could instruct the group to all wear different suits.It is becoming more common for the bridesmaids to mix and match so that option is there for the men too.It is not unusual at all on the continent for this.If you are doing this try to establish some kind of connection between the outfits.All the suits could come from the same collection by the one designer.Our Wilvorst suits come in Prestige,After Six and Tziacco collections so we would recommend choosing one to form the basis of your look.Our sales team are all formal wear experts and can really help and guide you.For more information or to book a consultation phone us now on 0214272401
!t’s all in the Lapels-Why not move away from traditional form and opt for a piece of contemporary,sartorial art.Lapels that are different are a way of distinguishing your groom’s suit from the multitudes.Beautiful,decorative piping and lapel trimmings will turn your suit into a once off masterpiece.Choose anything you want from notch lapels to narrow or wide peaks and add any color piping.Pockets can have the pockets trimmed to match as well.
Colorful Fun Waistcoats
The waistcoat is another detail which is so important to the overall look of a groom’s suit.Most of our suits come with a matching three piece option or a fancy style that is of a similar color.If the later is chosen it is recommended that the same color tone is used and our fabric sequences will help to make this choice easy.We expect more grooms to start opting for our color sequencing service as it makes the overall look more effective.
Color trending and toning
We like to think of ourselves as Ireland’s leading wedding suit specialist store.It is one of the reasons why grooms travel from far and wide to shop for their wedding suits with us.As well as our fabrics and brands being just that bit better,we have a very scientific approach to color coordination and outfit selection.If you want to experience a taste of our holistic approach to wedding attire just pop us an email or make a booking via the appointment form on our website.
Wedding Suits with a difference
As Summer approaches we notice something wonderful in the world of grooms wear.Formal wear is back with a bang and more and more grooms are dressing up with pomp and cermony in mind.The fact that is,that it has become more common for a groom to dress differently to the rest of the party and this has given the main man more liberties with his own dress code.As a bridegroom’s suit is no longer constrained by the demands of the uniform look we expect this season to be full of colour,fun and intricate detailings.
Wedding Suits with a difference
As readers of this blog will know we love to encourage our grooms to step outside the boundaries of conformity and be bold and experimental in their pursuit of sartorial perfection.Why not have ornamental buttons on the waistcoat and jacket.This gives a cermonial look to the suit and tells everyone that “this is no ordinary suit”.The waistcoat is another oportunity for adding some colour and gloss to the outfit.Paisleys,jaquards and diamante patterns in midnight blue,mochas and sparkling silvers raise a wedding suit to new levels.Ask for the waistcoat in different styles too such as shawl collar,notch lapels or double breasted.Do not be afraid to ask for something different.Continental style plastrons and cravats are so nice and make a welcome differential from the homogonous three piece suit and generic tie.Whatever you do ,do not let a slick salesman talk you in to going for the uniform look (because this is all his/her store offers)as you are likely to see the same outfit on every groom in town.The problem that faces today’s groom is often down to the fact that ordinary menswear stores are trying to “muscle in” on the wedding suit scene as they percieve it to be easy money.These types of stores have little experience in the traditional focus of grooms wear and the choice on offer tends to be limited and lacking in imagination.
Let The Groom Stand Out
A huge amount of wedding parties are styling the groom in a different suit to the rest of the group.Formal wear specialists like ourselves can offer the best advice and help you to pick out the suit of your dreams.We will help to coordinate your look with the others by finding a reverse theme tie or waistcoat or we will come up with something imaginative.Just this morning we had two gay lads where one guy had a charcoal suit with silver waistcoat and the other had the same silver fabric done in a suit and the charcoal in a waistcoat.Juxtaposing styles,materials,colors and looks are our speciality and we take pride in offering something that is unique and different.
Thankfully the uninspiring grooms wear trends of the last season or two are seeing some changes..The stereotypical charcoal,blue or black three piece suit became popular for wedding attire a few seasons ago and has resulted in some uninspiring choices for grooms all across the nation.This de-formalisation of groomswear was a reaction to the preceding years of formal wear being totally seperated from day suits and “ordinary suits”.Fashion comes and goes in cycles and when one trend ends the next one often pitches itself in stark contrast to it’s predecessor.In the good old days Specialist formal wear stores stocked Edwardian,Victorian and Nehru frock coats and a groom had to visit such a store to get his wedding suits.Suit shops sold suits for work and special occasions and formal wear stores looked after the wedding side of things.The boundaries between the different type of suits have been blurred in recent times and this has had its advantages and disadvantages.There is a great range of wedding suits in the current market but in the last six or so months we have noticed a desire among grooms for something different-something really special,something that stands out.Our 2015/16 collection of Tziacco suits is for the groom who wants
something different.We are moving away from the mundanity of the ubiquitious 3 piece suit and going in the direction of the avant-garde.Imaginative trimmings and stunning waistcoat contrasts are reminiscent of the halycon days of formal wear when a wedding suit was ceremonial and stylish.
Glitzy jackets,cermonial neckwear and luxurious trimmings ensure a look of opulence and taste.To see the full range come and visit our showroom in Patrick Street.
Beautiful suit jackets are something that all gentlemen can include in their wardrobe for Summer time dressing up.Our tailoring team can point you in the direction of some of the most beautiful and luxurious fabrics imaginable.Ermengildo Zegna,Cerrutti and Dormieul offer opulent materials in our swatch books that will turn heads when you go out for any occasion.Even grooms are opting for a nice semi formal sports jacket with a pair of cream chinos for that trendy continental look.Team it up with a scarf or cardigan for a dapper,well thought out image that projects an aura of calm and intelligence.Our tailors will give advice on the core style that suits you best.Single or Double breasted?One button,two button or three button?Slanted single flap pockets,patch pockets or double ticket pockets?
Dressing up should be fun.This is where the tailor comes in to provide assistance and point you in the right direction as to what looks best on you.A man with a corpulent frontage is deluding himself if he thinks a three button suit will enhance his appearance.An expert tailor can advise on what works best and how it will look on your body.
Our motto is”Tailoring is fun”.It should be as exciting for the customer as it is for us.We love to design something really special that is a result of your imagination and ours coming together and agreeing on a design and look that will be unrivaled and unique.
For more information on our unique personal tailoring service contact Tom on 0831762992 or Eoin at 0877759709.
Bespoke tailoring all starts with the jacket.Achieving the perfect fit is the responsibility of the tailor but the styling and detailing of the coat is down to the customer.It is a two way process with interactive feedback between the two parties.To simplify things we have tried to show some of the main decisions you will need to make.
Other big decisions which our tailoring team will encourage you to make are the type of stitching you want on the lapels.A standard finish will have no AMF detailing while a more adventurous taste might choose coloured stitching in a bold 6 mm stitch.Colours on offer include pastel shades such as blue,pink and lilac.
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The interior of the garment must never be neglected and there are all sorts of finishes available.Monograms and initialing are a current trend and extra zip pockets are another feature that tend to be popular.You may be a man that likes to keep his documents safe and can request a hidden pocket for that puropse.
One of our favourite details are always the chosen pocket style.Everything from single and double ticket pocket to straight flap pockets can be requested.An expected trend for the coming season will be the patch pocket combination which gives a retro feel to contemporary tailoring.