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