FAQ

HOW MUCH ARE YOUR GARMENTS?

Patrick Mackenzie suits start from $999 and range upwards depending on your choice of cloth and details. Separate jackets start at $699 and trousers at $300.

DOES MAKING AN APPOINTMENT HAVE A FEE / COST?

No, appointments are obligation free and we are more than happy to show you the collection of fabrics and styles available.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A SUIT?

From our first consultation your suit will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to complete including your second fitting and final alterations. Please note special requests including sourcing specialized textiles may take longer despite our best efforts to keep within this time frame.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE APPOINTMENT?

At your consultation we will discuss your needs and lifestyle. We will go through the various styling options to create your ideal look. At this initial appointment you will be fitted and sized for the suit. You should allow up to an hour for this initial consultation.

 

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

The Patrick Mackenzie Showroom is located in suite 201, Embassy Chambers building at 214 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City. The Showroom is via appointment only.

WHAT STYLES OF SUITING DO YOU OFFER?

With options ranges from double breasted, tuxedos, lounge suits and sport coats and everything in between, as well as in excess of 4000 fabrics, the limit of styles is endless. We can range between soft and structured constructions, lined or unlined, you have the freedom to determine every detail and even have it monogrammed so your style becomes quintessentially your own.

The Patrick Mackenzie Made to Measure service allows you to create, with a designer's advice something appropriate and styled to you, We can offer a more hands off approach which defers to our designer’s expert judgement if you prefer.

 

DO YOU MAKE WEDDING SUITS?

Its always our job to make your day… but sometimes our customers make ours. Being honored enough to be asked to make a suit for your big day is why we do this. Please see our wedding page for more information. We are equipped to consult a wedding party all at once or we can arrange an off-site fitting if your groomsman are unable to join us at your consultation. We would love to be part of your celebration and create a seamless style for it, we will happily help you decide on perfect accessories.

 

WHAT ABOUT ALTERATIONS?

We aim to get your suit as close as we can, but there may be a need for some small adjustments at your second fitting. We want you to leave looking and feeling confident and stylish and that is why all alterations are complimentary,

 

WHAT IS CANVAS FOR, AND WHAT IS A FLOATING CANVAS?

The canvas of the suit is vital, the canvas lies between the lining and the outer fabric and gives the suit its shape. There are four types of construction mainly used in making suits; completely un canvassed and deconstructed, half canvas, full canvas and fused. Fully canvas is considered the best meaning, the chest piece runs all the way across your chest and to the bottom of your jacket. The main difference between canvassing and fusing is how it is attached, Fused suits are glued down, we don’t believe this gets the fabric the best drape or flow, fully canvas suits are our preference and are reflective of a luxury garment. You may not see the canvass itself, but you will see its benefits. Fully canvas has many benefits, its natural and therefore breathes, it will help form the suit to your shape over time and it will give the suit a lighter and easier feel; the structure a full canvas suit gives the garment will extend its life, if taken care of properly.

ARE YOUR SUITS FUSED, HALF CANVAS OR FULL CANVAS?

Patrick Mackenzie does not make fused suits, instead we opt for full canvas and half canvas or totally deconstructed, these are a more luxurious garment and offer a range of benefits including (in the case of fully canvas) a sharper look.

WHAT IS ‘SHAPE AND DRAPE’ REFERRING TO?

Suits can have many different appearances based on how the fabric moves. A casual linen suit for example will have more flow, it will give off a more dropped appearance off the shoulder. On the other hand, a formal, pure wool suit will be slightly neater fitting, it will have more structure. these elements are what we are talking about when referring to shape and drape.

 

WHAT CLOTH IS USED?

Australian merino wool is the best in the world, a mixture of climate and wool growers’ dedicated to innovation mean that Australia is the source of the finest wool available. Most of the raw material is sent to Italy to be turned into luxurious cloth. Many of the finest mills are located in northern Italy and we offer fabrics from many of them. These mills include Loro Piana, Vitale Barberis Canonico, Holland and Sherry and many more.

 

WHAT IS SUPER WHEN REFERRING TO FABRIC AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Simply put, the higher the number the finer the wool. Especially for Brisbane’s heat, you will find a finer wool to be lighter, more breathable and more luxurious to touch. Please speak to the designer during your consultation to select the best wool count for you. If its a ‘work’ suit that you’re looking for, a super 150s may be too fine, The super count is determined by the micron thickness of the individual strands of wool. Wools between 11.8micron (the world record) and 19.5 micron are considered super fine wools. For context, the average human hair is between 60 and 80 micron.

WHAT IF I HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT THE SUIT I WANT?

Selecting the right suit is a combination of its purpose, the look it needs to have and how frequent its going to be worn. Your consultation will include questions around these and a selection of fabrics will be shown to you so you can’t make a wrong choice. The benefit of a Patrick Mackenzie suit is you’re having a qualified fashion designer help you choose it, let his experience and passion guide you. If you have any questions please send them via this website’s contact form.

RETURNS AND REFUNDS POLICY

We are committed to customer satisfaction and our process means we will make a suit appropriate for the intended purpose. Obvious misuse, over-wearing and damage caused by a non-recommended dry cleaner may effect our ability to help.