Contrast Jackets are so Cool right now

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Tom and Alex showing the contrast collection at Tom Murphys

One of the most popular looks right now in grooms wear is the contrast jacket look.While popular in the 70s and 80s as a viable option to the full formality of a suit the look re-emerged in the early noughties.However it is the first time that it has become popular in wedding suits fashion and we thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at some things we noticed. There has been a definite movement away from a three piece suit for the groom although it is still very popular for the groomsmen.Over the last year or two three piece outfits were broken up with check,lambswool and tweed waistcoats but the trend has now evolved into the contrast jacket look.Navy and blue themes seem, to be the most popular although charcoal grey and burgundy make the occasional appearance too.The look can be a navy waistcoat,navy trousers and contrast jacket or it can be navy trousers with contrast jacket and matching contrast waistcoat.At Tom Murphys we believe in trying to offer a natural connection between the groom’s suit and the groomsmen.We can offer a lovely navy three piece suit for the groomsmen for hire or sale and we will make up the ties for the groomsmen in a check pattern that is the same as the groom’s coat.Thus there is a natural connection between the groom and the rest of the wedding party.Over the last few seasons there has been a tendency for the groom to move off in his own direction and not necessarily tie in with the others.We are definitely sensing a movement back towards the more coordinated approach and the contrast jacket theme lens itself very well to this approach.When Tom cut his teeth in the wedding suits industry first there was an ubiquitious but simple approach to getting the wedding party coordinated.The groom tended to wear ivory to match the bride inside his suit and the groomsmen wore ties in the colors of the bridesmaids.It is a slightly more nuanced approach now but the idea is the same-have everyone themed together but let the groom stand out a little and be at the forefront of the entourage,both physically and metaphorically!
So we are expecting to see an awful lot more of this look in the next season or two.Grooms wear and wedding suits fashion is always being reinvented and the community is quick to embrace a new trend and we feel this look is here to stay.

Contrast Jackets

Contrast Jacketsand Waistcoats

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The Man Behind the wand gets kitted out for his wedding

Some kind words came from Oisin Ryan who is a well known blogger and wedding planner.Tom happened to see a few Instagram posts by Oisin of his wedding day and he recognized the suit he was wearing as being from the exclusive Prestige collection available exclusively at Tom Murphys.Oisin kindly sent in a few pictures and said we could throw them up on our own blog.He was gushing in his praise of Alex who helped Oisin design a beautiful printed jacket that was exuberant and perfect for the big day.

The Prestige collection for 2019/20 is not for the faint hearted.As always Prestige suits tend to be made from glossy silk textures and the shape and silhouettes are extravagant.Golden pipings are visible on the shoulders but can be removed too.Stand up collars,ornamental buttons and longer than average coat lengths give the collection a formal elegance that is not present in other wedding suit collections.

Thanks to the stunning vision of the Prestige design team Tom and the lads have been creating numerous pieces for well known people across the globe for the last decade.One of the things that customers really seem to like is the involvement they have in choosing the style and fabric of their wedding suit.It can be time consuming for our wedding team when engaging with international clients as everything has to go back and forth in emails and skype chats but we generally get there in the end.When they are presented with the stunning array of sketches it can be a bit overwhelming at the start but generally the team in here can whittle it down to the client’s most obvious peferences.Anyhow we hope that 2019/20 sees more glowing reviews of our custom made wedding suits expereience similar to the one below

“Where to start. Well if your looking for a wedding suit start here. It’s clear to see this is a family business from generation to generation, it’s like stepping back in time to excellent customer service. We had our wedding suits bespoke to us and from the minute we arrived Alex knew exactly what we wanted. He was on hand every step of the way from picking the style, fittings and alterations to the day we collected them. Thanks so much for an amazing experience Alex and all in Tom Murphy’s”

Oisin Ryan

The Man Behind The Wand



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The Man behind the Wand Oisin in his bespoke Prestige Suit

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Prestige Bespoke Suits exclusively available at Tom Murphys

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Tom Murphys Prestige 2019


The all new Tom Murphys Instagram Page  is up now and running thanks to our intern Luis Mestre

Luis came all the way from Ibiza to gain experience in Digital Marketing and he zoned in on our instagram presence  or more accurately our lack of presence!

Within a few hours of  starting he pointed out that our old instagram page was a bit derelict and a new one was needed . Within a few days he had garnered 100 followers and we  have already recieved an order directly from the USA that was solely attributable to our instagram page.

On this page we would like to keep you informed at all times of the latest products and concepts that we like to showcase. We want to enhance the activity of the page by making lots of cool images and product shots. We would ask everybody to have a look at the page and try to come up with suggestions for us.We have tried to put a coordinated look on the whole page and we hope that the soul of the page mirrors the soul of the shop.It is located at you have some comments or feedback feel free to mail us directly via instagram or send us an email

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Luis Maestre at work on the insta page



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Original Penguin Debs 2019

Iconic Menswear brand original Penguin is now available in our store. There are some beautiful combinations and the recurring theme is a retro chic style featuring double breasted waistcoats and and a slim fitting cut.
Famous celebrities who wore the brand in the past include Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Arnold Palmer and Clint Eastwood. Today, Original Penguin embodies stylish American Sports and formal wear with modern minded style into a diverse range of products for for a full lifestyle brand. We are really looking forward to showcasing the formal side of this wonderful brand. We expect this brand to be extremely popular for debs season and it will most definitely appeal to younger customers.Debs season is approaching quickly and already there has been lots of interest in this collection.The bold check patterns and bright retro window pane patterns will appeal to the style savy student who wants something razor sharp.Tom,Luis and Alex are below showing off one of the essential pieces of this new range.


We had some great craic at Tom Murphys last Monday as a television crew came all the way from France to film a tv programme that will air shortly on french network tv.It is a very well know show in France called the Farmer wants a Wife and we were delighted to be part of the filming.In essence it is a French match making TV series and a farmer pitches for a partner and they travel away to see how things go.

The hero of the moment was didier the french farmer who came to Tom Murphys to get a kilt as part of the couples romantic trip to Ireland.The idea was to show him recieving a gift from his fiancée and the gift was the Irish National kilt?We felt that this was the most appropriate out of the dozens of kilts on offer.The  show wanted to encapsulate  the banter between didier,his fiancée and the Tom Murphy boys.Didier showed himself to be the classic french romantic as he planted a barrage of kisses and hugs on his lovely fiancée.

As you can see from the video footage we all had great fun and look forward to the airing of the programme.A special mention must go to didier who was extremely funny and had us all in stitches.

Tom,Didier and the Wife

The Way We Dress Now
Fashion is a living thing. It develops, evolves and modifies itself in much the same manner as a country or society does. People change, their world changes and so too do their choices. We can see these changes manifest in two ways

1.The changing ways in people get married, including what
2.One chooses of what to wear on the big day.

Did you know? The way we marry now
Did you know that Irish people are getting married later in life, often in venues outside of the church? In this past, people tended to marry in their early to mid-twenties. Today, the average age stands at 35. We have also noticed over the years, that many of our clients are getting married in places other than the parish church. They typically tie the knot in registry offices, hotels and/or other secular venues.

Take a quick look at the data from the Central Statistics Office (COS). Of the 22,021 marriages that took place in 2017, just under half, 10,802, took place in registry offices, hotels and other secular settings. Of this 1,727 were officiated by the Humanist Association of Ireland, with a further 1,159 weddings being conducted by The Spiritualist Union of Ireland. That same year, the number of civil weddings stood at 6,417.The growth of a more casual type of ceremony has meant the emergence of a more casual style of wedding suit as seen below.

Benetti’s 2018 Autumn Winter Getaway Collection

Maradonna Grey Check 3 Piece Suit

Maradonna Grey Check 3 Piece Suit

Maradonna suit available from Tom Murphy

Key Features

Grey with Navy Check
Blue Waistcoat
Blue Trousers €275.00

Something Olde, Something New.On the other end of the scale is a more formal look that we see regularly.
Ireland’s recent move towards greater social and cultural inclusion has allow us the privilege of kitting-out our friends in the LGBT community. We find that our LGBT clients look for diverse and complementary suiting options, often grooms men dress suits which match and complement one another.


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More formal approach to suiting favoured by many gay couples

Did you know? A significant majority People continue to opt for in-store sales when it comes to suits.We offer wedding suits for sale all over the world via our online channels but at the end of the day most customers still visit the store.

Figures released by Retail Ireland suggest that by the end of year, consumers are expected to spend over €16 billion on on-line purchase. This will be an increase of approximately 50% from last year. While e-commerce spending is on the increase, this still only makes up 10% of all purchases. What does this tell us?

Irish people continue favor direct person to person sales
The increase in overall sales significantly relates to in-store purchases, not on-line transactions.

This suggests that people still want to consult a sales person before spending.The wedding suits experience is particularly hands on.In a store such as our own where creativity and uniqueness is prioritized

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Well known American Actor Ron Dizon organized his custom wedding suit with Tom without ever visiting the store

ed we do recommend face to face consultations.However we have many couples who skype in measurements and do virtual fittings with us from the other side of the world.Sometimes when you are set on your dream suit and nobody else can help you create it then you may have to do without the luxury of visiting our store!


Men’s Waistcoats

One of our signature strengths rests in our expertise regarding the perfect waistcoat. We have a strong, multi-faceted collection of styles of men’s waistcoats all draw from the major European fashion houses.

But what exactly makes the perfect men’s waistcoat, how are they to be worn, and importantly, with what accessories? what occasions lend themselves best to the wearing of a waistcoat?

The answers to these questions will largely depend on the occasion you are dressing for. Weddings, Christenings, Graduations, all the major rites-of-passages in life will call for a different style, or more specifically allow for greater choice.

‘Is it for four weddings or a funeral?’

Our wedding collections are expansive, we have a diverse and broad range of options, all matched in their quality and standard of cut. We’re quite the experts, and because of this we notice trends, how they develop and change. One thing seems to stand true however, wedding waistcoats are all about texture, patterns and most notably, colour.

Our clients tend to choose options that are bright, light and optimistic, whites, shades of ivory, or white gold.We also see increased popularity in silver, grey, burgundy with check styled textures.

This piece is from our exclusive Gibson London Wedding Collection.It shows a classic 3 piece suit with matching waistcoat.This look is still very popular although some might find the all in one look a little uninspiring.

The key features of this vest include: 

  • Single Breasted Two Button Jacket
  • Notch Lapel
  • 4 Button Cuff
  • Straight Pockets
  • Side Vents

This piece forms part of our exclusive Gibson London Melange 3 Piece Suit







Light cut Grey summer suit, contrasting details, featuring bold Maroon lining.



Not all waistcoats are created equal, especially pieces in use for your seminal life events such as weddings. A correct choice can add a unique tint to your style personality, adding an individualistic stand-out moment to your refined, formal and professional fit.We have put together some contrast waistcoat options below.The ivory embroidered piece reached its heyday about a decade ago and sits easily inside a grey or navy suit.Still popular with classically themed weddings we have a myriad of similar styles in our showroom.


This exclusive Wilvorst piece is a masterpiece of detail, set in a high-quality, off-white ecstatic embroidery. 110.00

Its key features include:

  • Practiced fit
  • Four Lined buttons
  • Reverse comprised from the highest-quality lining with variable buckle-brace
  • Diagonally posed welt pocket
  • Classic voluminous neckerchief


Below are some casual waistcoat options that are typical of a more relaxed style.They can be worn with jeans or chinos.


Option 1: Wedding Waistcoat: Gibson London, Grey Check, Linen-Blend Waistcoat  

Option 2: Gibson London, Eclectic Urban Waistcoat: Five Button Check Tweed











Option 3: Gibson London, Burgundy Oxblood Wool Blend 












Another style is the semi formal waistcoat look.

Irish graduations and weddings are littered with celebrations, something we tend to do quite well. One of the staple pieces of these events relates to suiting – often the first time some of us will wear this formal attire. It is rarely the last. Dressing for a graduation gives you a wonderful opportunity to find your own ascetic voice, your taste and look. Don’t see a waistcoat wasted, choose something personal, individualistic and importantly make it your own.For some people a three piece suit is the right look for a graduation and the waistcoat is exactly the same as the suit.For others a contrast vest is the way to go.Below is an example of this from one of our recent collections.



Option 1: Benetti Three-Piece: Hogan Petrol Blue Stripe Check

Waistcoat (Autumn/Winter, 2016 ‘Getaway’ Collection)






Diy photoshoot by Alex and Tom

After many false dawns I finally invested in a set of light boxes and a half decent camera and got to work on our own DIY photoshoot. A few years ago we bought a lighting kit but after a few attempts that ended in abject failure they went up to the attic and were never seen again!

After tormenting Paddy Barker of Barker photographic Studios I settled on a three way lighting set up and a white paper roll background. The initial stage of setting up the light boxes mechanically was the most difficult. After that came the arduous task of managing the output from the lights themselves.

After a full day of experimentation we found a way of lighting the mannequins efffectively. We tested the shots on our website and we were delighted with the results. Shooting products that are of a high enough standard to go the web is no easy task.Until recently we have been using suppliers images which tend to be shot from one angle only.Our customers had been asking for shots from behind and sideways to get a better view when they were browsing from the comfort of their own home.

The biggest challenge on the day was trying to keep the lights off in our home made studio as customers were in and out. Thankfully they understood and we got about 20 different combinations done. Fair play to Alex who was tremenduosly patient and proved to be an excellent cameraman!

One of the big advantages of doing it this way is that we will no longer need to haul significant amounts of suits to a photographic studio. In the long run it should save us lots of time and money hopefully!Also it should allow us to showcase a lot more of our products online.Only thing I am not looking forward to in next week’s shoot is lugging all the light boxes and equipment down from the attic!


Top 5 Irish Mens Fashion Blog

I have been blogging occasionally here for the last 10 years or so.Usually my blogs are written on a scrap of paper lying around in one of my jacket pockets and then transfered to the PC a few days or weeks later.A lunchbreak or coffee break in the morning usually provides the oppurtunity to scribble down my thoughts on all things sartorial.

This morning I traveled into work a little earlier to write these notes and as we speak I am sitting down on our leather sofa on the wedding suits floor with my sheet of foolscap.

My blogs tend invariably tend to be about mens’suits,tailoring and little things about our wonderful store in the heart of Cork City.Sometimes I wonder why i write them and I wonder if I am the only one who reads them!It can be rewarding when a customer comes into the store and tells you he saw your latest post about custom tailoring or some famous celebrity that visited the store.In today’s world of cluttered internet posts and pieces this does not happen a lot.

With this in mind it came as a lovely little surprise when we were named in the top 5 most influential fashion bloggers in the world of Irish mens’ fashions.Being named alongside such illustrious bloggers as was very nice and gives us a nice little pat on the back and justifies all the hours spent scribbling notes on pieces of paper in coffee houses.

A nice start indeed to 2019 and hopefully a sign of more good things to come!

Part One: Your Black-Tie Rental

Tom Murphy’s is one of the Munster’s premium suit rental destinations. We cater for a wide range of events, with Weddings, Christenings, Graduations, Funerals, Award ceremonies etc. being the most popular. The first in our series of hiring and rental blogs looks at all things Black-Tie, particularly the ins and outs of our tuxedo rental service.        

Hiring/Rental for Black-Tie

Most of us will at one point or another, be invited to attend a Black-Tie event. This means we need to find a classic tuxedo, with all the stylised particularities that comes with it. This can create a problem, while most men own a suit of some kind, (usually one that’s kept in reserve for certain occasions), many do not own a classic tux. So here you’re left with two choices, you can either buy your Black-Tie tux (something every man should own), or if that’s not an option, you may need to hire or rent one.

But how do you go about the business of renting a tux for Black-Tie?

The Process

The first thing we encourage you to do is make an appointment. This is not a must of course, we’re happy for you can drop into our store without a booking. But why not enquire on-line or over the phone in advance, it’ll save you time and allow us to better prepare for your visit.

Once you’re in we’ll take your measurements, tailor for your requirements and advise you on what you’ll need. Once you have selected the various pieces, we will work to get everything prepared, all in plenty of time for the big-event. Our clientele would typically schedule their consultation appointment for one week to ten days before their event. Once measured and tailored, we hold the suit on stand-by for collection, usually the day before, or same day as our client’s event. Our customers will typically return their tuxedo between one to two days following the event. This timeline is more of a guide than a general rule, we fully understand that our clients may need more time to collect and return. This is never a problem, once the timeline is within reason.

The cost of a tuxedo rental is in-keeping with the price range of our other suiting rental options, between €60.00 to €130.00 variable.          

Your Black-Tie Outfit

As mentioned above, many of our clientele are unsure about the do’s and don’ts of tuxedo wear. It is all very simple once you understand the basics  

You will need:

  • Tuxedo Trousers 
  • Suit Jacket
  • Waistcoat (Typically black)
  • A White Shirt (typically with a Doubleor French Cuff; Embroidered Panelling; with a Peeked Collar Lapel

Key finishes include:

  • A Bow-tie
  • A Set of Cuff-links
  • A Cummerbund


Can I Wear a Regular Suit for a Black-Tie Event?

Put simply, no! Not if you want to do it right.  There are several important differences between a tuxedo and a regular or standard suit.

Here Are Some Key differences:

The Material

  • Satin: Tuxedos are typically made from satin. This gives tuxedos a finish that is easy to notice. Some find that this makes a tuxedo look more formal than regular suit wear. 

The Trousers

  • No Belt: You should never wear a belt with a Tuxedo. In most instances, you will be unable to regardless, as tux trousers are absent belt loops. Instead, you would typically wear suspenders or braces. These are only an option of course. 
  • Piping: Tuxedo trousers typically have piping features. These are best described as a narrow strip of satin material extending from the hip to the base of the trousers. Unlike the features illustrated above, piping is more of an option. You can choose trousers with or without this feature.


Traditionally, tuxedos are worn before 6 pm. In this sense, you had tux wear for half the day, your regular suit for the other. Don’t worry though, this is an old tradition that is not very popular today. You will likely only need the one outfit.

The reason for the before 6 pm preference related to the formal look of the tuxedo outfit -something which is not as important for evening dinners or dancing.

Think of it in the context of an Irish wedding. The ceremony (Mass or Registry office) typically takes place between 12-4 pm. After this (and during) it’s photos all round. The best of you will be on display. However afterwards, you can relax – it’s jackets off, neck-ties in the pocket and rested smiles. Hench, no need for that tux

Next in Part Two: Not all Tuxedos are Created Equal

Wilvorst Three-Piece Mohair Tuxedo

The Features:

  • Royal Blue Jacket.
  • Narrow Peak Lapel. 
  • Drop 8 Fit (for a Slim, Structured Cut)
  • Covered Buttons & Scoop Style Waistcoat

Rental Price: €120-€130

To Buy: €599.00