Suit Shop, the custom suit service spin-off by P. Johnson, has opened at the Chifley Square building near Martin Place.
Here you’ll find a long, mirror-filled space lined with displays of crisp shirts, ties and suit samples to view and touch.
A second Sydney location was well overdue, says Suit Shop owner Patrick Johnson. “Our showroom in the Strand Arcade is very busy.” It’s one of the reasons the Chifley showroom was designed with timeliness in mind. “A lot of clients are in a hurry, so we have two areas for standing consults,” says interior designer and Johnson’s wife, Tamsin, who designed the space. “Other clients, including wedding parties, want to settle in, sip on a drink and take some time out.” For this, there’s the mohair velvet lounges in a rich blue.
Tamsin wanted to create a space that “had a masculine feel – with soft edges.”
Suit Shop’s speciality is suits under $1000, using cloth and trimmings from Italy and around Europe. There are thousands of cloths and more than 200 different measurement and pattern aspects that can be considered. Following a consultation with one of the in-house tailors, patterns and details are cut in London then sent for construction. The entire process takes around four weeks.
“We are always at the forefront of technology in production,” says Tamsin of the design, “and we wanted the fit-out to highlight this with a progressive, minimalist aesthetic.” With custom marble and terrazzo floor tiles; navy carpets; arched fitting rooms framed by white linen curtains; and ceiling-mounted hanging rails, the space is a calm oasis in the city.
You may also notice photographs by provocative Japanese artist Daido Moriyama on the walls of the store, hung among collar samples, ties and other accessories. The works are intentionally displayed this way, explains Tamsin. She says they wanted the art to blend into the tableaus of beautifully crafted – and beautifully displayed – clothes.
Mon to Sat 9am–6pm