If you’re in your late 20’s then you’re in the wedding zone, that period in life when friends and family start strapping on the kneepads and popping the question. As a 25yr old you never think you or your mates will get married, destined for a life of noncommittal fun and travel. Then 30 hits, and suddenly you and half your friends are married. For some it’s a very exciting part of life, watching your closest friends marry their dream catch, for others, it’s just plain scary. If you’re engaged or thinking about getting married it can be scary, no question, but what shouldn’t be scary is choosing what to wear on the big day.
My younger brother Sam Hosking popped the big question in September 2015 while on holidays on the central coast of NSW. Everything went to plan, a flurry of words, a ring and an all-important ‘yes.’ It’s arguably the biggest decision a guy will make in his life, the second biggest is deciding which European fabric his wedding suit will be constructed from.
We’ve written before on our thoughts on wedding attire, and naturally we believe black-tie is the only way to go if you’re celebrating what will be the most memorable day of your life. With this in mind, TVG in partnership with Oscar Hunt, decided to document Sam’s first made-to-measure experience from start to finish.
THE FIRST FITTING
Entering the beautifully appointed fitting rooms at Oscar Hunt in Sydney’s York Street is a memorable experience in itself, and I watched Sam carefully to see his reaction. You forget just how incredible that first impression is when you’ve been wearing off the rack your whole life. It was refreshing to see that Sam was blown away by the entire set up, from the welcome beverage to the Chesterfield lounges, to the hundreds of cloths and fabrics at his fingertips.
As a soft winter light shone through the large windows in the fitting room, Steve (Tailor at Oscar Hunt) talked Sam through the process and the decisions that needed to be made in this, the first fitting. The first decision for Sam’s wedding suit was easy, black tie, and they got a little harder from there as he toyed with single breast, double breast, peak, shawl, navy, black, velvet. Sam wanted to stay classic, but stand out against his groomsmen so opted for a six button double-breasted dinner suit, ‘something we don’t do enough of,’ Steve stated.
Fabrics are loosely discussed while Sam is measured head to toe. “Will you be wearing a watch,” “are you right handed,” “do you swim?” all questions and comments that highlight how much detail and precision goes into the age-old technique custom fitting a suit.
A classic dinner suit allows darker fabrics in either a blue, black or for the adventurous a velvet, in Sam’s case it was a classic black Dormeuil wool, which drapes beautifully, had a subtle shine and will hold its colour for decades. Details of buttons, lining and lapels are finalized amongst much discussion. It’s this process that educates the buyer so much in terms of how a suit comes to be, and through this, you spark a much deeper appreciation for not only the craft but also a greater connection to the suit itself.
THE SECOND FITTING
Eight weeks on and the second fitting exists for minor adjustments across key areas. Sam had been shredding for the wedding, hence putting on a little bulk across the chest, not a problem for Steve as he measured and marked to loosen out across the shoulders, and armpit hole. Pants came in slightly and taken up to reveal the patent black shoes in all their glory. The double-breasted had come up a dream and Sam was naturally over the moon with how things were coming together. Small details of button holes, monograms and jacket linings could be inspected and marveled at, and as we left Sam commented, “why would anyone buy a suit any other way?”
THE FINAL FITTING
Two weeks later and three weeks out from the wedding we’re back for the final fitting. By this time Steve and Sam have built a great relationship, each as excited as the other to see the finished product, and this again highlights the passion that Oscar Hunt has for their craft and incredible level of service they offer as part of it. I’m still not sure if Steve or Sam was more excited to see the completed suit on.
Sam managed to maintain body size, as such the finished tuxedo fit perfectly and looked amazing. Finishing touches of a bow tie, pocket square, studs and cuff links completed what would be the only time Sam would pull on the whole ensemble before the big day. It was a pretty special moment and a small glimpse into the emotions that would ensue in Byron Bay in two weeks time.
The rest, as they say, is history. The day went off without a hitch and everyone marveled at the dinner suit. A huge thanks to Oscar Hunt, especially Steve, for helping Sam bring his wedding suit vision to life. If you’re engaged, thinking about getting engaged, or simply need to freshen up your tuxedo game, then Oscar Hunt is waiting for you.
To enquire about Oscar Hunt’s Wedding Suit experience head to the Oscar Hunt website.
Wedding Day Photographs by Carli Tia Photography. All other Images TVG.