Today’s blog features a video clip from our wedding suits department. The little enthusiastic guy with the black hair is our Suit Hire extraordinaire Dermot Fagan. The other tall good looking guy with the ginger hair is eh me! We had great fun filming these videos and I would like to thank Caoimhe Ni Mhuirthe who so generously gave up her time to help us with the filming.

Caoimhe and Sonia (our social network guru) helped us to set up our own youtube channel which features a number of videos about our store and the people who work in it.

The idea behind these videos was to give people an idea of what goes on behind the scene in our store. We also wanted to share some of the rich history about the shop with you all.


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The new range of wedding suit hire for the 2010/2011 has just arrived in our store and get ready grooms because there are some really exciting piece’s in the collection.

First and foremost we will be offering some of our designer wedding suit range by Wilvorst for hire. There is a stunning three piece suit in a high end black striped fabric and a 100% wool suit slim fit now available to rent. We have also added a lightweight grey suit (also in 100% wool ) .

Some of the new waist coats which we have recieved from our supplier Anthony formal wear , our supplier of designer wedding wear are simply stunning. You can expect scrumtious new pattern’s in ivory, white and silver.

As usual our team of buyers have gone to extra lengths to choose the perfect neck wear to match these waistcoats and there are some imaginative colour combinations to behold.

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

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

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 some reason, the art of tying a cravat properly is problematic for even the most fastidious of grooms to be. Many is the Saturday morning that we have received panicky phone calls from palpitating grooms begging us to talk them through the elusive art while the bestman is screaming in the background for him to hurry up. It’s even gone as extreme as having a groom stop off in the shop, on the way to his wedding, sheepishly asking for our help in tying the, “damned piece of equipment”.

As an aid for all the grooms who don’t listen to us when we show them how to tie the cravat in the shop, we decided to record and post a clip that will guide them through the process effortlessly. For any of the lads who cannot tie a Windsor knot, we’ve also included something for you. Our resident suit hire expert and knot tying extraordinaire, Dermot Fagan, has kindly agreed to participate in this video. Enjoy and good luck



Tying a Windsor Knot:

Classics Cut

After Six 2013

Tom Murphys Wedding

Tom Murphys Wedding Party in Riva Del Garda

OK, so you have decided to get married and you need something to wear for you and for your mates for your wedding. Where to start?How does the whole wedding suits for men thing work?

Generally when it comes to wedding suits for men people hire suits for the groom, best-man, groomsman or groomsmen (up to 3 are permitted), father of the bride and father of the groom. Sometimes, if a parent is not alive, a brother or relative may stand in for the parent. Most wedding parties would have between 4 and 7 in the group and may also include a pageboy.

The wedding party does not just consist of the men, but alas it also includes the women, and as you know lads, we are once again dutifully bound to play second fiddle to their requirements.

“Does that mean that what we wear is determined by what they wear?”

I hear you ask this rational question.Absolutely! Once again in the battle of the sexes, we loose out guys.
If the bride wears white, you wear white my man! If she wears ivory, you wear ivory. If the bridesmaids wear lilac, your comrades in the wedding party will be wearing that colour.
To distinguish the groom from the rest of the party, you can also opt for a self-tie cravat for him, and the rest of the lads could have the same colour but in ties. Usually the groom will have the same suit and waistcoat as the rest of the party. It is nice to have a small difference between him and the rest of the guys, and this is why a different coloured neck piece can work well.

If you imagine the day of the wedding, you will have the groom standing next to the bride, so their colours must be in harmony and the groomsmen next to the bridesmaids so their colours must also be cordinated.
Remember one thing, there are no rules as to what people can wear. It is your day and it is your choice as to what to wear.

A recent trend in Ireland that has taken a leaf out of the continental book, has been for the groom to buy his own wedding suit and the rest of the party to hire. These suits allow the groom to be in a different suit completely to the rest of the lads. It can work well also as long as there is some colour co-ordination present.A beige,white or tan suit can look really well on the groom even if the rest of the party is in more conventional black,navy or grey.

Wedding suits have become a bit de-formalised in recent times and this has seen a decrease in the popularity of the traditional three quarters and morning tails styles.The favoured lenght of the coat at the moment is short and slightly cropped.If you are going for a more “normal suit” look just be careful as this style can be a bit rigid and lacking in the cermonial pomp that the classic styles offer.Spice it up with a nice paisley ivory waistcoat and tie and do not forget the mandatory pocket square.Sometimes the little trimmingsand accessories are what set a wedding suit apart from a normal day or office suit.