The Van Kollem Autumn/Winter suits just arrived in store. The most important colours are the charcoal, silver and black in a fine weight wool. The grey suit will continue in popularity because it matches up so well with (the colours of the moment) purple and lilac. A grey suit with a purple shirt will probably be the most consistently sought after look in mens formal wear this season.
The other good news is that Van Kollem has brought down the price of their suits. They retail for €249, which is a very keen price for suits of such renowned quality. Linings for the seasons will be quirky strips with lilac trims. Most of the classic range will feature a stylish second ticket pocket on the front. The fit will remain on the slim side but most of the range will avoid the  ultra slim.
The legs of a Van Kollem suit will be tapered in slightly to give a fashionable look and feel, even though overall appearance will still be classical.

Van Kollem grey suit

Van Kollem grey suit



Congratulations to the boys from Cork
who were awarded the All-Star status at Friday nights ceremony. It
was a marvellous year for Cork Football and we were delighted and privileged to kit out our heroes Aidan Walsh and Paudie Kissane in their tuxedos for the night.
We chose a Van Kollem black tuxedo for both of the lads as this is a slim fit tux that suits the athletic figure. Aidan teamed his tux up with a black studded shirt and black bow tie while Paudie donned a simple wing collar for that traditional touch of class.
Both lads were kind enough to sign autographs for my son and I have to say their modesty in accepting praise from all the intrigued customers in the shop at the time was greater to see.
We were delighted to see Aidan going on to win the young player of the year award and we wish them both the best of luck for next season.

Aidan Walsh wins an All Star in a Tom Murphys Suit

Aidan Walsh wins an All Star in a Tom Murphys Suit

Paudie Kissane

Paudie Kissane


White French Wing Front

White French Wing Front

The type of shirt that is worn really does depend on the style of suit that is chosen. If you are wearing a classic morning tails or Prince Edward suit with a cravat the obvious choice is a classic wing collar (similar to the type worn with a tuxedo) or the more contemporary Victorian wing (also called French wing).
The colour of the shirt will wither be white or ivory depending on the colour of the bride’s dress. Another factor that can determine the colour of the shirt might be the waistcoat and cravat you choose to accessorise the suit. If you are wearing brown, cream, beige or tan shades then an ivory shirt is a must. White shirts look crisper inside silvers, greys and numerous other hues.

The Victorian wing is increasingly becoming the choice of the wedding shirt for wearing with traditional, classical groomswear. It’s high swept back and long wide wings really accentuate the style of a self-tie cravat.
Some people still prefer to wear a necktie with tails and if that is the case I would recommend a normal Kent collar shirt in wither white or ivory. It is essential that the collar and fabric of the shirt is well finished and a 100% cotton texture is preferable.

Yellow Cut Away Collar Front

Yellow Cut Away Collar Front

With the recent upsurge in the popularity of the normal day suit, there are more and more people choosing a normal, white or ivory, Kent collar. It can be nice to wear a slightly cut-away collar, which will show off a well-made Windsor knot more effectively.

One other factor to consider is the fit of the shirt. Most manufacturers offer a slim fit of the model now and, if available and your body shape permits, it is the recommended choice.


There are two fundamental choices to make when choosing the shoes you will wear for your wedding. The first is the style.
Slip-on shoes are en vogue again and there is a huge array of options when it comes to formal mens slip-ons. Do remember that you will require an extra half-inch in trousers length if you are going for the slip-on option. A leather shoe is a must but if you feel more comfortable with a rubber sole, then that is fine. The only time that a casual shoe should be worn with a wedding suit is if the suit is linen or cotton, or if the wedding is taking place somewhere with a really hot climate. Beach weddings would be included in this category. A less formal shoe is perfectly acceptable in those circumstances.
The most popular shoe style that is worn with classic/morning wedding suits is the lace up black brogue. The classic round-toe brogue is traditional but elegant enough to make any wedding suit look smart and sophisticated. If you were going for a more tailored contemporary suit, then I would recommend a more pointed narrow type than the brogue. The long slender toe of Italian style shoes are perfect is this is the case.

A long slim shoe with a slightly pointed front is more suited to the silhouetted and narrow lapels of the slim fit suit. These suits tend to have narrower trousers bottoms so they can make wide fitting shoes appear clunky and awkward. They are particularly suited to narrow ended trousers.

Andorra beige

Andorra beige


Purple stripe shirt

Purple stripe shirt

Alan-Red-Nvvy-192x300The new collection of Andre formal shirts and casual shirts for Autumn/Winter 2010 has just arrived. The formal shirts collection is once again dominated by plains and very subtle stripes.

For the first time in a number of years the check patterns will be important. The trend in men’s shirts is moving towards the check patterns again and we are predicting that the blue Andre check and lilac Andre check shirts will be top sellers for the coming season.

All Andre formal shirts will continue to be sold in a lovely presentation box that makes them an ideal gift for special occasions.

Following on from the extraordinary success of its first foray into casual knitwear last year, the company will be offering a wider palette of colours to choose from and all will be available in a 100% combed cotton texture and V-neck style. All of the sweaters will come with recommended shirts from the casual range. The casual range features bright lilacs,blues and vibrant purples and make an ideal gift as they are also packaged in a presentation box.