There’s something really special about handcrafted items of clothing. Attention to detail, colour matching, pattern co-ordination – all lead to a unique look for the groom and groomsmen. The team at Huxby Haberdashery are experts at helping you create a look that reflects the groom’s personality, perfectly co-ordinating ties, pocket squares and bowties with the colours and patterns you’ve chosen for your bridesmaids and flowers. I suspect that most grooms and groomsmen would feel just a little bit special putting on a handmade bespoke tie and pocket square on the wedding day – even if they don’t openly admit it! Go on – spoil yourself and feel like a million dollars!
What is the dream for Huxby Haberdashery?
To get grooms Australia wide wearing hand crafted ties! Our dream is for more couples to personalize their groom and groomsmen attire for their weddings, to reflect their own sense of style and personality. We would like to grow the custom made side of the business over the fashion retail range.
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Unusual business name with vintage origins – why this name?
Huxby is an old name in the family, who originally came from England. I have always like the charm of vintage English style, and so it always had a nice ‘old world’ sound to me. Haberdashery is the traditional name for a men’s outfitter of clothing including ties and bow ties, so I put the two together and Huxby Haberdashery just had a nice ring to it!
What are the items you offer the groom and his groomsmen?
We offer ties, bow ties and pocket squares. Since we custom make to order, the options and styles are endless. We can literally create pieces from scratch based on a couple’s style and wedding theme.
What fabrics can be chosen as the base for your ties?
We carry linen in stock as a base fabric, but if couples would like something different, we can always source other fabrics or they can BYO.
What colours are available?
That’s the best part – we can print or dye in any colour imaginable. We just need something from you as a reference to match to. It could be a swatch of fabric from your bridesmaid’s dress, a belt, flower, anything.
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Are fabrics then custom printed on the customer’s choice of fabric?
Yes – once you’ve selected a pattern and a colour, you can choose to print on our base fabrics which come in white or sand linen.
Is the printing done in Australia?
Yes, everything is done in Australia. We print our fabrics in Melbourne, dye them in Sydney and sew them in Sydney too. It’s a very local operation which allows us to turn around custom orders in a short time frame.
Can a bride send you a fabric swatch to match up for colour, or a piece of fabric to make the ties from?
Absolutely – we encourage brides to send us anything they can to give us a colour reference. It will mean the ties will be an exact match to their colour scheme.
Are your ties and bowties made in Australia?
Everything is 100% made in Australia.
Do you offer self tie bowties as well as the pre-made version?
Sure do – clients can choose from pre-tied bow ties or a self-tie when they place their custom order with us. We also do little boys pre-tied bow ties for page boys.
What is the process for ordering ties, pocket squares and bowties?
First take a look at our info booklet on our website here. Then, send us an email with a bit of info on what you’re after. We can then organize for you to send us samples, and we can send you fabric samples as well. Once we’ve all agreed on a design approach, we’ll send you an order confirmation form, and once approved we’ll start making! You can expect to receive your items in 6-8 weeks.
Do pocket squares and ties/bowties have to match in pattern or just colour? Are there any rules?
There are no rules as such, but I recommend to coordinate rather than match exactly. It looks great when you have a common colour, but varying pattern, or plain tie with patterned pocket for example. Keeping one element consistent will bring the look together, without it being too “matchy”.
Are you able to give advice on different ideas for putting together a look for the groom/groomsmen?
I always recommend choosing one or two colours when dressing a groomsmen party. The groom should stand out from his groomsmen, so giving him a distinct set of accessories to the other lads works well. It’s a good idea to coordinate the group though, so having the groomsmen in a different tie/bow tie but in a coordinating pattern or colour works well. For example, you could have the groom wearing a patterned tie, with a plain pocket square, and then alternate with the groomsmen, dressing them in plain bow ties, with pocket squares in the same pattern as the groom’s tie.
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What is the correct way of inserting/wearing a pocket square?
There’s a few ways, and a quick google search will give you hundreds of options. The most common is the standard straight fold (think Don Draper style). More adventurous dressers might like to have a puff, or even a twin or triple peak. Here’s a tutorial worth a look: http://www.wikihow.com/Fold-a-Pocket-Square
As far as styling is concerned, when should you choose a slim tie and when is a wider tie more appropriate?
Until not so long ago, slim ties were considered more for fashion, where as wider ties were for business. These days though, slim ties (about 6cm wide) are considered appropriate for any occasion. Extra wide ties (around 9cm wide) in my opinion should be left in the nineties where they belong, but standard width (around 7.5cm wide) are coming back in fashion.
When it comes to a wedding, if you want to be more traditional, then go for a standard width tie or bow tie. If you’re more of a modern couple then a slim tie will look fantastic.
Image by Emily Revell of Huxby Haberdashery
Do you see any trends emerging in pattern and colour in the next 12 months?
Pastels are becoming more popular for men’s accessories, which is great news for brides wanting to match their bridesmaids to their groomsmen. Also, the geometric patterns are here to stay for a while longer, which is a nice change from florals when it comes to wedding attire.
My favourite breakfast café is…..
A secret… because the food is great and you don’t have to wait for a table on weekends. I am very impatient when I’m hungry!
Thank you Emily for sharing your story. To find out more about Huxby Haberdashery visit the website.
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