The year was 1964 and the streets of London were alive to a new beat.From Carnaby street to Saville Row a sharp,flamboyant style was emerging with explosive effects,an era defined by individual expression and a vibrant music scene.So goes the phrase that would encapsulate the energy of the Mod scene and one that finds its way onto the branding labels on the new range of  mens clothing from Gibson London.

They do say that fashion has a habit of recycling itself and that the present always borrows from the past.In the case of the re-emergence of this famous British heritage brand one can see a true example of this.

The Mod look that was dominant in the 60s has returned to dominate the tailoring trends of 2012/2013.The Gibson brand does not have to dig very far into its archives to reveal a colourful past and history that can be drawn upon to inspire its current crop of designers and brand directors.

This season’s collection continues the trend towards innovation and experimentation with fabric,fit and cut.There are a number of showstopping pieces including a fuschia coloured wool mix suit and a vibrant purple Prince of Wales check.For those with less adventurous taste in tailored suits,the good news is that the core stock service range will be expanded.The resounding success of last season was the three principle colours in Charcoal,Silver and Cobalt Blue which are all  available in Mix and Match and come with an optional waistcoat.

There has been a huge emphasis in house on creating a unique “Gibson” fit that offers a cut that is superior to everything else on the market.The Gibson cut has been perfected and is one of the main contributing factors that have helped establish it as the premier brand for style savy shoppers.There is no doubt that 2013 will see more and more growth for one of the most retro brands of  the current era.

Gibson London Suit at Tom Murphy Menswear
Gibson London Suit at Tom Murphy Menswear
Gibson London Suits at Tom Murphy Menswear

Benetti is the brand every fashion retailer is talking about. It is a brand that has changed the Irish menswear scene.

Despite the glossy sounding Italian name the brand actually hails from Longford and is the brainchild of Barry Conlon.

The reason that the Benetti brand is selling so well seems to be down to the pure commercialism of the brand. The prices are very keen and are about 20% – 50% less than its competitors prices. Normally this would lead to a loss in quality or general appeal. However the products are presented and branded very well and the quality is not comprimised.

The range is performing equally well in the formal and casual sectors .With the upsurge in demand for formal suiting and tailoring Benetti has found a niche in the young fashion concious suiting market.They are one of the very few brands that can put a sharp,tailored and stylish suit on the shop floor for under 200 Euro.Its main competitors in the home grown suit market are Magee and Remus and these labels are finding it difficult to compete as their prices tend to a good bit above that level.

The formal shirt collection is probably the area where you see the most obvious differences in prices on the shop floor.Many of the shirts in the range are available for under 40 Euro and this again offers a significant saving on the other brands.The formal shirt market has been dominated by the German superbrands like Olymp and Eterna for years but their popularity are waning a little due to unyielding prices.

Their casual range is also extremly sharp and surprise,surprise the prices are really good.Watch out this Autumn/Winter for some lovely shirt/knitwear combinations that are really impressive.Again the quality of materials/fabrics is really good and the choice is superb.

Benetti Suits at Tom Murphy Menswear

Style by Benetti

Style by Benetti

Image of Tom Murphy Menswear suit supplier award

Tom Murphys win best menswear suit supplier

First off, I aplogise for neglecting our blog of late and can only offer the excuse that the Shop has been extremely busy over the last couple of months and it has been a case of all hands on deck (or on the shop floor, at least).I have steadily come to realise that blogging is a pursuit that gets a little neglected during the Summer months.

Now that the madness of the Summer months has subsided I promise to get blogging again on a regular basis and keep you all informed of the goings on at TM Menswear.

In that case I thought I would let you know Team Tom Murphy collected the prestigious award of the best Wedding Menswear Shop last week at the Southern Brides Gold Suppliers Event held in the Boardwalk Bar and Grill.

Tom Murphys winning best menswear supplier

Neil Prendeville presents Tom Murphys with best wedding supplier award


On a night to remember Eoin Murphy accepted the award from Neil Prendeville of the Boardwalk Bar and Grill on behalf of Cork’s most famous suit shop.

Representing the firm on the evening were Dermot Fagan, Caoimh Mulvaney and Eoin himsself. According to Eoin the night was a memorable one and he had this to say about it;  “We were delighted first to be nominated for the award but winning it was a great honour and we are delighted that the hard work that the lads in our wedding department do has been recognised”.

The award adds another string to the bow of Tom Murphy Menswear and augurs well for the future of one of Cork’s longest established businesses.