Our Stylist Series brings to light the people behind our brand—join us as we discuss their journey's into the world of tailoring, from their first suiting experience, to their current style influencers and favourite suit details, to the items they place value on, their favourite coffee, literature, wine and more... Meet Loris M, our NSW Area Manager and head stylist.
Tell us about the first suit you ever purchased and your experience.
I had to go suit shopping with my mum as I just finished studying and I didn’t have much money to buy a nice Italian suit myself. It was a small store in the centre of the city owned by a local family, the old man was so passionate about menswear, every time he showed me a product, he told me the full story of the brand, what the fabrics come from and where it was stitched.
At this point, I didn’t know anything about suiting and I was just following the recommendations from the sales consultant. I could see that he loved what he was doing from the amount of time he spent in trying to find a ready to wear suit that fit me. So, I ended up buying an Italian made suit from Naples, a notch lapel three button jacket, which was very popular back then. For the design of the trousers, I chose a cuffed finish and belt loops.
What items in your life do you place the most value on?
The two most valuable items I own are a gold necklace with a cross from my dad, and a gold medal with my name on it from my christening from my mum.
Tell our readers something about yourself they may not know?
I was born in a little village in Verona, Italy where I lived for most of my life.
All of my clients know that I am Italian and from my accent they probably understand that I wasn’t born in Australia. Growing up in Italy I had the chance to understand how important looking good and feeling good is, everything you wear has to match, from colours, patterns, to the fit of the garments.
I remember mum telling me that when I was a little kid in pre-school, I was the one who decided which colour of t-shirt or jumper to wear to match the colours of the pants. I started wearing a suit after I finished school. In Italy you can wear whatever you like at school as we don’t have to wear uniform.
After school I started working as an IT consultant in a bank and I had to start wearing a suit every day. I remember going suit shopping every weekend without buying anything because i wanted to learn more and more about tailoriong and the way that Italian suit makers crafted their garments.
Within 6 months of this, I felt like an expert, I knew all the brands and their signature fits and their prices. As i became more and more interested in tailoring, i started to save money to try and buy a new suit every 3 months. It was quickly becoming my passion.
During all these years I have cultivated this passion and when I came to Australia, I thought that I have to work in a company that can give me the opportunity to express my passion at its best. And so here we are.
Explain the types of things you look out for and love in a suit?
Simply put, the most important aspect of a suit is the fit, you can have the softest fabric, or the best design options, but if it doesn’t fit you, it will never be a "good" suit.
That’s why at InStitchu we invest alot of time and energy into the fitting process, to make sure it fits exactly how it needs to fit for the client.
What’s your favourite part about your job?
Without a doubt, the most rewarding part of my job is when i see the clients suit fit them perfectly. And you have a sense of 'him wearing the suit' and not the other way around. I know that sounds a bit cliche, but when you put alot of effort and work into something and it turn out as planned, its nice to see.
What are your style tips for working from home?
I believe we should keep our standard for dressing high, even on a meeting via zoom because first impressions matter! I perosnally always recommend at least a shirt,and if its an external meeting a jacket and tie. It helps you to feel like you're in work mode, and not just relaxing at home.
What do you wake up with in the morning?
I guess some people wake up without drinking a coffee. For me, coffee is the main part of my mornings. I won’t start the day without a short black. I always take my time to make my Italian coffee with my moka pot.
What’s your idea of the perfect meal and accompanying beverage?
I like preparing dishes from Italy and typically from the North like Risotto with porcini mushroom, homemade gnocchi al ragú, polenta and beef Lasagna.
I also love seafood and in the last four weeks, I have spent all my days off in the kitchen cooking, still wearing a suit of course haha!
We can call it La Dolce Vita, when we eat fabulous food and drink amazing wine, and for every dish, there is a different wine that goes with it.
To make a booking with Loris or any of our Style Consultants, you can make an appointment here.