Just before you have been invited to an old friend’s wedding, you have suddenly realised the invitation stipulates that it is a black-tie affair. This doesn’t mean that you should be engulfed by panic, even if the wedding is imminent.

There are basically two options:
1) Get on the phone and reserve a tuxedo at your local suit hire outlet or
2) (increasingly becoming  more popular) Buy a new tuxedo online from a formal wear store such as www.tom-murphy.ie

Most websites that sell formal wear will deliver a tuxedo to your door within a couple of days. Going for a brand new tuxedo ensures you will look your best on the day and have a tux permanently in your wardrobe instead of having to rush in and hire a tux at the last minute.
The most popular type of tuxedo at the moment is the two-button notch lapel style. It suits all shape and sizes and can have side vents, centre vents or no vents. Our Scott tuxedo is a two-button style with side vents and, at €149, represents seriously good value.
Another popular dress suit that we sell is from, Dutch super brand, Van Kollem. At €249, a Van Kollem tuxedo is slightly more expensive but then again, it is made from a high-end fabric and the manufacturers have done their homework, as the fit is superb.

It looks great with a skinny tie and black shirt as you can see from the picture of Tom below. For a  more conventional look, tuxedos can be simply worn with a black bow-tie and wing collar shirt

Miriam O'Callaghan with Tom Murphy and friends

Miriam OCallaghan with Tom Murphy and friends

Recently Tom Murphys  launched a new range of discount suits that have been a huge hit instore and in the online shop. The secret of their success is that they are selling for under 100 euro and that represents serious value in the men’s suits business. According to Tom himself the recession has forced retailers to lower the asking prices for the suits they sell and this is the single biggest reason why so many people are looking for cheap suits.

“A couple of years ago i would never have envisaged us selling suits at this price level but one of the consequences of the recessionary period is that there is a huge demand for cheap mens suits”.

Suits under 100 euro

Suits under 100 euro

These suits come in a wide variety of patterns and fabrics and another reason for their popularity is that they fit very well. They are ideal as business or occassion suits and some wedding parties have been buying them for the whole group.

Currently the website has 12 suit styles available in the 100 euro and under category but there is a strong possibility that these will be added to in the near future so watch this space carefully.

Tom Murphy, Michael Shields, James Masters and Eoin Murphy

Tom Murphy, Michael Shields, James Masters and Eoin Murphy

We want to wish the best of luck to the Cork Footballers for their big game on Sunday and express our gratitude to the members of the panel that have been coming into the store over the years.
We took great pleasure in kitting the lads out in their clothes for the All-Ireland finals in recent years. Having come so close in recent seasons, all of us have a gut feeling this could be the year to bring the Sam McGuire cup back to Leeside.

Graham Canty

Graham Canty

Over the years a lot of the lads have been into us to get kitted out for their wedding gear. Recently, the talisman and captain, Graham Canty honoured us by posing for this photograph in his designer Wilvorst wedding suit. Hopefully he will be fit for the game on Sunday and the Dubs. Even dressed up and getting ready for his big occasion in his wedding suit, this guy looks like he will take no prisoners.


Me under the hot towel

Me under the hot towel

This afternoon I had the very pleasant experience of visiting Karizma, the newest Turkish barbers in town.
From the moment I walked in I was made to feel very welcome by the Karizma lads. It was a big change from some of the other establishments that I had visited before to get an authentic Turkish shave.

Smoothly does it

Smoothly does it

The setting was perfect. As I waited for my turn, I was being serenaded by the dulcet sounds of one of Cork’s best known buskers, who bases herself right across from Karizma. There is definitely no need for a sound system in this place with such heart-warming melodies breezing in the door.

For anybody who has never been under the blade of a Turkish barber, I strongly recommend that you pay them a visit. The feel of the hot fragranced towels on the face is a great sensation. And the facial massage you receive afterwards beats all. I must say that my face felt as clean as a whistle after my shave

I would definitely recommend that potential grooms pay this place a visit on the morning of their wedding. I could think of no better way to get suitably groomed and relaxed in perparation for the big day.

For the past couple of seasons the Munster rugby squad has worn tailored suits manufactured by Magee of Donegal. Our tailoring team at Tom Murphys have been responsible for measuring the players for their tailored suits and helping in the selection of the appropriate styles and fabrics. We would like to think that our efforts combined with those of Magees of Donegal have ensured that the men in red have always looked their best off the field of play.

Just last week Michael, the longest serving member of our team made the second of his recent trips to Musgrave Park to suit up the Munster rugby panel for the forthcoming season. Armed with his measuring tape and measurement books he set about the task of suiting and booting Messieurs O Connell and co.

As usual there was great banter and craic as Michael went about the task of measuring these man mountains. The running joke was that the measurement tape might not be big enough to go around the massive torsos of Donnacha, Paul and Dennis Leamy and two tapes would have to be joined together. Current squad member and former Tom Murphys employee Tom Gleeson kept a watchful eye on the proceedings and also had a good slag off Michael.

Michael Murphy with Paul O Connell

Michael Murphy with Paul O Connell

Patrick Murphy - Winner

Patrick Murphy – Winner

As we already explained in a previous blog, we run a facebook competition called ‘Groom of the Month’ which entitles the winner with €500 of their mens suits. We ended the last blog by mentioning how, “People have already inquired about next month’s competition and the contestants we have lined up are chomping at the bit to get the voting under way”. And thanks to the efforts of Patrick Murphy and Harvey Dwane, that turned out to be the understatement of the century!!!!

Keeping in mind that we had 5 other competitors, it was clear that Harvey and Patrick wanted/needed it that bit more. Between them, they garnered just fewer than 2,500 votes. They had beaten our previous highest vote campaign by more than double. It was a constant battle for top position and it literally did go down to the final day. Tensions were unbearable for both men. At one point I was monitoring the votes and deleting any votes that had been repeated. I started as usual with Patrick’s (as his was the first photo in the album). After deleting a few posts I was told I had a phone call. It was Patrick wondering how his votes (and more importantly his lead) were lost. Like I said, tension was surreal. I reassured him it was all part of the process and that I would be going through Harvey’s posts too and removing duplicate votes.

Harvey Dwane - Runner Up

Harvey Dwane – Runner Up

This clearly was our most popular competition so far. While checking Harvey’s votes, I came across many mutual friends, who later told me they were persuaded to vote, and not by Harvey. He doesn’t even have a facebook account. In the end, Patrick won by a nose with 1,246 votes leaving Harvey in second with a respectable 1,234 votes. However, like our first competition where first and second were separated by 3 votes, we again decided to reward Patrick with his €500 voucher of his wedding suit hire and Harvey with a €250 voucher. The last time we did this, we said never again. However, with 1,234 votes, we felt Harvey needed some recognition. Patrick was happy with his reward and he rang in expressing his gratitude while also leaving this message on our Facebook page:
“Thanks to everyone who voted for me, to those who posted something on their profile and those who begged for votes!!! It all paid off thank God. Also fair play and well done to Harvey and Emily. It was a fierce battle right up to the last minute. Wishing ye both all the very best on ye’re big day too!!! Also well done to Tom Murphy on a great comp. I’d recommend ye to anyone!! I’ll bring your wham bar in with me!”
(The wham bar is a whole different story haha)

The popularity of our page was widespread. Tom received a phone call explaining how a marketing class spent an entire session reviewing our page and how we were succeeding with our Facebook campaign. He also received an offer to help another business with their Facebook business account. He had to graciously decline. He is busy enough distributing mens suits and suit hire. We also recently got an email from a girl in Australia, detailing how she even heard of our page and would appreciate any pointers we could offer.

Once again, we would like to thank everyone for their participation and votes. We look forward to the next competition.