Gentlemen’s outfitters and grooming

Be the most dapper gent at this year’s Spring Racing Carnival

Lord Coconut

If you’ve been looking for that elusive man brooch, or the perfect place to peruse objets d’art while also picking up a pair of Melbourne-designed pistol-shaped cufflinks ($260) or a tie pin that looks like a dagger ($65), then Lord Coconut is your jam. As exclusive a store as English aristocrat Lord Coconut himself. Melbourne.

Beggar Man Thief

Shoe sorcery from a surfer who dreamed of a store filled with “male interest products”. No, not floor-to-ceiling back issues of Penthouse – rather, we’re talking Parisian Scooter helmets, cut-throat razors and shaving kits. Best of all are the handmade shoes (via Grenson of England and Loake Shoemakers) and luxury lifestyle footwear from Seavees, Pointer, Clae and Sebago. They do a mean shoeshine too – BYO Penthouse. South Melbourne.

Captains of Industry

The practitioners of Captains of Industry are “Practical Men of Wide Experience” – and as such they offer a one-stop gentleman’s shop complete with barber, shoemaker, bistro, shoemaker, and their trademark tailoring. Their made-to-measure suiting service runs from $1,200 for a two-piece – and with over 60 years experience between them in quality Melbourne-made tailoring, we’re thinking that’s a bona fide bargain. Melbourne.


Want a crisp new tailor made shirt to go with your suit direct from Paris – but at high street prices? Then Pernac is your next stop. From $129 you can design every aspect of your shirt, from the fabric to the buttons, cuff and pocket – and all made perfectly to fit your shape. Not enough time to head in store? No worries! The Melbourne stockists will send a tailor to your home or office, and are online too, so you can order your new custom shirt on your lunch break. They even provide a tailor-made coat and suit service to boot. Melbourne.

Henry Bucks

The essential icing on the man-cake. Ties and socks maketh the man – even the silver fox smiling at us on Henry Bucks’ website knows this, and that’s why he’s a boss. These guys know a thing or two about menswear; they’ve been trading in Melbourne since 1890. Hit up a pair of Burlington Argyle socks ($39.50), or a Canali of Italy printed silk tie ($175). Maybe top it off with a bottle of Penhaligon's Sartorial Eau de Toilette 100ml ($169) – it’s got a bow tie on the neck so you know it’s manly, and contains the word ‘sartorial’, so who are you to argue with style? Melbourne.

Lord Coconut

Look boys, a real man takes care of both the suit AND what’s under it – so here’s where we send you off for some female-themed ‘beauty is pain’ style torture. According to their website, Manhor offers the ‘Metro Maybe’ men of Melbourne the ultimate, most luxurious way to polish their personal presentation. Pop in for a traditional cut throat shave ($50), haircut (from $48) and express facial ($59) to relax you before the waxing begins... You can get a full body rip for $190 – which may be a killer bargain for some of our hairier readers. Melbourne.

Man, What a Fuss: Melbourne

“Finally!” the men of Melbourne are exclaiming. “A day spa for men!” Well, maybe they’re not, but if you’re the kind of guy who has been desperately searching for somewhere you can get a Vichy shower and peppermint pedicure or ‘Sports Manicure’, then Man, What a Fuss is your new digs. Try the Revive Me (195mins, $320) or Total Man (195mins, $320) packages for man-bliss. Melbourne.


For the label-obsessed gentleman with cash to splash, Harrolds is likely your first stop in the pursuit of Spring Carnival perfection. With wall to wall brands like Balenciaga, Givenchy and Giuseppe Zanotti, and even a luxurious Tom Ford shop-in-shop coming soon, it seems that Harrolds could be a glorious black hole you could disappear into and come out broke and wondering what you’ll do till next payday – but most importantly, you’ll be pondering these things absolutely dressed to the nines. Melbourne.

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First published on 26 Sep 2012. Updated on 19 Mar 2014.

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