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What Would They Know? Ryan Fisher of Black Jacket Suiting

by | Fashion Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


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Black Jacket Suiting What Would They Know? Ryan Fisher of Black Jacket Suiting

For the men of the bridal party who dread clothes shopping, even for a wedding, Ryan from Black Jacket Suiting has some great advice and ideas to help make it easier. From suit styles and a wide array of fabrics, to a mobile service, a stylist and much more, Black Jacket Suiting has you covered. Lucky Brisbane grooms and groomsmen – Black Jacket Suiting is right on your doorstep to help you look sartorially elegant on the wedding day. And why not look super smart – it’s your wedding after all!

What was the catalyst for starting your business?

Working in the menswear industry for many year I could see the stagnation of the independents in the industry being run by an older and outdated generation. There was clearly a need for a re-think and progression into the 21st on how this side of the industry was operated. I want to revolutionize the menswear industry and offer an unrivalled house hold name that combines personal service and expertise with affordable price tags.

What experience do you bring to the business? Have you always had a ‘passion for fashion’?

Managing and running a menswear store for many years and specialising specifically in weddings gave me an ability to learn a lot very quickly. The passion for fashion has always been there as I pride myself on looking my best at all times and to be able to help other do the same is extremely rewarding.

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What do you most enjoy about running Black Jacket Suiting?

The personal interaction with all different manner of clientele that come into the store. I am a very people oriented person and am always down for a chat and to make my clients feel at home and a connection on a personal level as well.

Do you offer a wide range of ‘off the rack suits’ in store?

Yes, we now boast the widest range of off the rack suiting brands in Brisbane. With over 20 different suit suppliers we have access to an extremely diverse and plentiful range.

Can these be altered to suit different body types?

Yes, 90% of men can have their suits altered correctly to fit their shape. It is all about finding the right brand first and working forward from there. Tailoring is like cutting a piece of string, if you start larger you can cut to size. Always remember that with jackets the shoulders are the point to achieve the right fit and in the pant the upper thighs are crucial… everything else can be altered and we have a very skilled tailor who can take care of anything you need at very affordable prices.

What sizing range do you offer?

We offer a full range of sizes from children’s size 2 right up to larger gentleman’s size 156. Additionally, our tailor-made range can be made to fit any shape and size and is cut specifically to that.

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Can you describe the process of having a bespoke wedding suit made by you?

We first start by talking about your needs and desires for your outfit, it is often best if clients can show me a picture along the lines of what they want. Next we start taking 35 points of measurement from the client/s to get their body shape exactly right, we note your posture, measurements and what type of fit and allowance you desire. We then send all this information away and 2-3 weeks later your suit arrives. We then do a final fitting in which any changes you are after our local tailor can fix up for you. We have a fit guarantee and the cheapest a quickest turn around for tailor-made suits in Brisbane so we will not rest until you are 100% satisfied with your outfit.

You offer a ‘mobile service’ for the bridal party. What does this mean, and is it popular with your clients?

Yes we do, this involves us traveling with swatch books to your home, office or anywhere you would like to come and measure you and/or your bridal party. We offer this as it can be hard to organise groomsman to be in one location all at the same time. Ideally the bride/groom would choose the outfit they desire first and we would come and fit up the bridal party during a dinner party they might throw. However, currently it has been most popular with our corporate clients who work in the city as we visit various firms with the same service. Personally I think this is due to the atmosphere and easy accessibility to the store frontage (Bulimba) as the bridal party seem to like to come in and have some refreshments while they get fitted up.

What suit fabric and colours do you recommend for summer weddings?

Summer weddings can be hard in Brisbane with the heat and if guys aren’t use to wearing suits a jacket can be very uncomfortable. I would suggest lighter softer pastel colors such as beige, blue and grey to complement the theme of the wedding as a whole and also thing about doing a vest and trouser combination as opposed to a suit which will keep the costs down and be more comfortable.

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Do you offer a wedding suit hire service?

Yes, we just started offering this service. Our hire range consists of four cuts (two slim, one contemporary and one regular), which encompasses 15 suit fabrics to choose from, 8 of which have options for a three-piece outfit. With our business ideals, image and integrity in mind Black Jacket Suiting sets ourselves apart by only hiring current fashionable and trending stock that carries the appropriate fit, style and shape for the modern gentleman.

Can you describe the experience of visiting your store for wedding attire? 

The store is the perfect setting for any guy who wants to make shopping a classy and expedient occasion. Based on what I witnessed with store layout’s in Paris and London, it is a thin long two level store. We keep the lighting bright downstairs where all the stock is kept and upstairs more subdued where the change rooms are as well as a small bar and lounge area complemented with seating arrangements and decorative imagery where clients can relax, enjoy refreshments and make the hard decisions that much easier.

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You offer a personal stylist for those visiting your store. What can the stylist advise on?

Our stylist/employees are trained to the highest degree to ensure that any occasion you may be going to we can advise on what is appropriate to wear. In the case there is something we are unsure on it is merely a quick research session away from being able to give advice to ensure you have the perfect head turning outfit. We have had many odd requests before and it would be quite rare these days to not be able to advise on any clothing matter you could throw at us.

Please describe dress codes for:

Black tie – traditionally a black classic shawl lapel tuxedo with a dinner shirt and bow tie. However, in more recent times this can just mean a suit, dress shirt and tie. It really depends on the event to what degree of strictness this entails.

Formal – at a minimum standard a suit with a shirt, however it is advisable to wear a tie.

Casual – depending on the time of day or night, chino’s or dress shorts (daywear) and a smart tee shirt or polo shirt.

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Image by Just For Love Photography

You offer online shopping where clients can buy everything from suits to shirts and ties and bags. Do you have any fashion/fit/style advice you can offer to your online client?

Online shopping can be very difficult, especially when it comes to suiting as every brand has different fits/cuts that do not suit every body shape. I would advise to only buy brands online which you know or have bought before. Keep in mind we are only a phone call away to advise on any matter. Other fashion accessories like shirts and ties are very easy to buy online, try starting slow with the process and build it up from there as you gain experience.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Unfortunately I do not get much free time as I am still completing my Law degree at the University of Queensland, however I do enjoy going to the gym and socializing/networking with friends on the weekend at Brisbane classy hot spots.

Thank you Ryan for sharing your story. To find out more about Black Jacket Suiting visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of Black Jacket Suiting.

All images unless otherwise stated, courtesy of Black Jacket Suiting

Finding The Perfect Bridesmaids Dresses

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom



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Image by Julia Jane Photography via Susie and Edward’s Melbourne Vintage Wedding

Ah, dress shopping. It’s one of most rewarding and enjoyable activities especially since it entails looking at a lot of beautiful dresses and trying them on. However, it can also be stressful since it can be tough to choose the one dress that your friends will wear on your big day.

By now, you probably have more ideas than you know what to do with as the Internet has made it easier for brides to look up dress ideas. The question is: how do you help your bridesmaids choose the outfit will look great not just in the photos but also throughout the entire occasion? Listed below are important reminders on what to do and consider when buying the perfect bridesmaid dresses for your special girls!

Do your homework

You also have to do your homework when coming up with your bridesmaids dresses. But instead of doing it alone, you can actually include your girls and make it a group project.

When choosing dresses for your bridesmaids, it pays to consider their opinion; after all, they are the ones who will wear them. Ask your friends to look up styles that they would want to wear. Once you’ve pooled your choices, narrow down your list until you come up with the best dresses that your bridesmaids all want. Your friends will appreciate that you asked for their input and not just stuff them into the first thing you could find.

Decide on a budget

If there’s one thing that you will definitely blow money on for your wedding, it would be your wedding gown. This shouldn’t mean though that you can shortchange your bridesmaids when it comes to their dresses. It’s already a given that the bride should be the most beautiful on her wedding day, but it’s also your job and your wedding planner’s to make sure that the bridesmaids are nothing short of stunning.

Part of your research should include the price range of dresses, or how much it would cost if you have the dresses custom-made. And while it may be a bit of a sensitive topic, you should also discuss who’s buying the dresses. Some bridesmaids are willing to purchase their own dresses especially if they are planning to use them again on a different event. However, a more elaborate and specific design can be costlier than off-the-rack options, so you also need to consider shouldering the expense. This is why you need to bring up this subject before even settling for a design.

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Image by Stewart Leishman via Crystal and Steve’s Melbourne Zoo Wedding

Work around your theme

The point of having a theme for your wedding is to pull together the elements of your motif and not look like mass-produced dolls. In short, you don’t have to oblige your friends to wear the same exact dress on your wedding. Instead, play around your theme and incorporate different dress styles in your color palette.

Say, for instance, that your wedding’s color theme is blue. Allow your bridesmaids to wear dresses in varying shades such as navy, Prussian, royal blue, and cerulean. You can throw in patterns on a white canvas or details like lace or sequins.

You also need to consider the style of dresses your bridesmaids are comfortable with, as well as the shapes of their bodies. For example, not all of your girl friends may be comfortable with wearing a dress with a low neckline or a strapless number, so give them the alternative of going for a halter-type dress or a Grecian cut instead. Some may also be more confident to wear a cocktail type of dress, while others may prefer a full-length one. Don’t forget to coordinate the shades of dress with their hair color and skin tone to make sure that you pull off a picture-perfect entourage.

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Image by Pictures and Hearts Photography

Take the venue and the weather into account

Further considerations you have to make when looking for bridesmaids’ dresses are the location and the weather. If, say, you’re having an outdoor wedding on the chilly end of the calendar, you might want to pair your bridesmaids’s outfit with matching shawls. Another option would be a semiformal cardigan that complements their dresses.

Take the girls shopping

It’s always fun to go shopping with your girl friends, and dress hunting is a good opportunity to unleash the fashion experts in you. Take this time to feel different fabrics and match color swatches with complexions. You should also help your bridesmaids ensure that their chosen dress fits them perfectly, or make suggestions if there are certain areas that require alterations.

Finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses can be a bit overwhelming so it’s important that you allot enough time for this. And when you feel that selecting outfits from a heap of stunning dresses can be nerve-wracking, take the time to breathe and remember to enjoy the experience.

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Ms Gingham says: A really good starting point. Bridesmaid dresses can be as simple or extravagant as your imagination allows. Just remember to do the right thing so that the whole experience is fun for all involved.

What Would They Know? Clare Wall of Empire Events

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Clare Wall Empire Events What Would They Know? Clare Wall of Empire Events

 The south west corner of Western Australia is one of the most beautiful areas of Australia, and with famous wineries, great food and stunning scenery and surf, lucky Western Australians have it all on their doorstep. The icing on the (wedding) cake is Empire Events, who can help you create a stylish event reflecting your own personal style – indoors, or taking advantage of all that beautiful countryside – outside. From luxury tents to furniture and even chandeliers, Clare of Empire Events has your styling and hire needs covered – all you need to do is relax and enjoy your day!

Please tell us a little about starting Empire Events.

After working in a luxury hotel for many years, and hosting a number of weddings, I noticed that there was an opportunity to develop a business supplying good quality furniture, luxury tents and homewares to clients to enable them to create a really well designed and stylish wedding. And so we began EMPIRE events. We have now been fashioning weddings for over 2 years and loving it!

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Where are you situated?

We are located in the Margaret River wine region and work mainly between Margaret River and Yallingup and Busselton.

What has the Empire group developed into?

The World of EMPIRE has within its group EMPIRE homewares, 5 stores throughout Western Australia, Empire Retreat and Spa, a luxury boutique retreat in Yallingup, WA and Empire Estate, a boutique winery. We are the recent chapter in its history, EMPIRE events, a sister company to the World of EMPIRE.

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What services can you offer the bridal couple?

We are a luxury hire and styling company for events. We cater for everything from intimate engagements and elegant corporate functions, to a wedding spectacular.

Do you offer different levels of service with wedding day planning?

We don’t offer a planning service for wedding just styling and hire. Ceremony Packages are available for clients to easily choose. With custom styled reception packages put together, we ensure each wedding is unique and personal to every client.

Please describe the steps you go through with the bridal couple when planning the wedding event space for them?

Talk, talk and talk!! The more we know about the clients the better. It’s a wonderful journey getting to know your client on a personal level and with this knowledge of personality and style we customise the wedding design to suit. We want the wedding design to speak about the clients when the guests enter the reception or ceremony.

We visit the venue with clients seeing the space we are working with and take it from there.

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What sorts of items do you have available for wedding day hire?

Every thing from our Natural Canvas Luxury tents to chairs, tables, occasional seating, candlesticks, etc. we have a number of different styles across all our furniture for clients to choose from.

Do you ship your hire luxe packages to States other than Western Australia?

No unfortunately… just in the South West of Western Australia.

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You have wedding tents and furniture for hire. With the weather and landscape so stunning in WA, do you see more brides using this option in a garden or bush setting?

Absolutely. The south west has an amazing natural beauty and climate. People wish to enjoy that beauty by incorporating it into the wedding. We are spoiled with amazing scenery from pristine beaches to vineyards, forests and caves.

Do you bring in other vendors from outside the business to pull the look together?

We often work closely with other suppliers especially florists to put the final touches to an event.

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How do you fit in relaxation, and what do you like to do?

Making sure you take time for yourself and your family is so important with any occupation. Hosting BBQ’s in summer with close friends and my little family is always wonderful. Travel can be so inspiring with our line of work and lots of beach time for fitness and health. Standup paddle boarding at one of our amazing local beaches can be the greatest relaxation techniques I know with a good workout at the same time…perfect!

 Thank you Clare for sharing your story. For more information on Empire Events visit the website.

All images courtesy of Empire Events.

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