Bloke chat

Lead­ing menswear de­signer Bark­ers, are tak­ing the guess­work out of look­ing good for your big day.

New Zealand Weddings - - NZW + BARKERS -

CHATTING WITH BARK­ERS’ SUIT­ING DE­SIGNER, MIKE KITCHEN: What looks are you ex­cited to see this up­com­ing wed­ding sea­son? Linen is def­i­nitely the fab­ric to wear for this com­ing sum­mer. It’s a clas­sic sum­mer fab­ric; light­weight, breath­able and you can’t help but look sharp in a linen suit or blazer. How can we make sure the grooms­men at­tire works with the grooms’ at­tire but doesn’t over­shadow him? Have a sim­i­lar style or com­mon theme for the groom’s party. The eas­i­est way to dif­fer­en­ti­ate the groom from his grooms­men is in the fine de­tails and ac­ces­sories. Some­thing as sim­ple as a waist­coat, a bright bow tie or pocket square for the groom whilst the grooms­men all wear ties can make a huge dif­fer­ence. What is your top ad­vice for grooms com­ing into Bark­ers for wed­ding suits? Speak to your part­ner first to be sure you have a clear plan of what you want to achieve to­gether. It’s also worth con­sid­er­ing where it’s tak­ing place. For ex­am­ple, if it’s a beach cer­e­mony in Fiji, then a linen suit, white short­sleeved shirt and loafers are ideal. Ob­vi­ously, that same out­fit is not so ideal if the cer­e­mony is in the Otago High­lands in win­ter, where a merino wool suit may serve you bet­ter. Bark­ers has ex­panded our true made-tomea­sure suit­ing ser­vice in our flag­ship stores so if you can’t find what you are look­ing for in our ex­ten­sive ready-to wear col­lec­tion, we’re con­fi­dent we can make it es­pe­cially for you.

Bark­ers dress belt, $ 45 Lib­erty tie from Bark­ers, $ 90 Bark­ers shoes, $ 225

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