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.


Spike gets ready for war in his pride of Ireland kilt supplied by our Dermot



spike o sullivan in kilt

Spike floors his Melvin Beracourt with a knockout punch

Spike wearing his Pride Of Ireland Kilt supplied by Tom Murphy Menswear

Spike wearing his Pride Of Ireland Kilt supplied by Tom Murphy Menswear

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!).

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Groom and Best Man wearing different outfits from our After Six Collection.Groom in Navy 3 button Article 441200/35 and Best Man in Black one Button Article 452100/10


groom in dicky bow

Groom can wear a dicky bow and the best man/groomsmen wear ties.(All looks from our After Six Collection)

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.


Dark waistcoat and plastron on the groom and silvers on the lads to differentiate.Remember a nice wedding waistcoat helps make a suit look really special.


Continental Look
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




Article 442100/26 in gunmetal grey and dazzling silver waistcoat.Available Ex Stock from Tom Murphys .Complete Outfit 699 Euro

!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.


Article 421101/31 Navy Silk Finish Custom Made at Tom Murphys.Full Outfit 729 Euro


Chocolate brown Article 421101/60.Full Outfit 699 Euro

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.

baby blue suit

Powder Blue Suit with matching waistcoat

Baby Blue Suit with matching waistcoat and french plastron.Price from 699 Euro

Baby Blue Suit with matching waistcoat and french plastron.Price from 699 Euro

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.


Grandfather shirt,textured blue collared coat with midnight blue waistcoat and cravat


Do not settle for the ordinary,mundane suit.Look for something different.See the cermonial buttons and the decorative waistcoat and tie.


Classic suits need a lift.Choose something to style up a classic suit.Beautiful paisleys are back in vogue!

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.




Do not settle for the ordinary.inside linings can be coordinated with neck pieces for extra extravagance

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.


For the really adventurous choose a jaquard or paisley jacket