Our new 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...This week, meet Tayler G, our Lonsdale St Melbourne Showroom Manager.
Tell us about the first suit you ever purchased and your experience.
My first suit experience was designing, pattern-making and sewing a suit jacket for a uni assignment while I was studying fashion design. I learnt about the construction, fabrication and design difference in suits compared to other garments. There's so much tradition and history in a suit and so many small construction details that really intrigued me. I then went on and created a whole collection of women's and men's suits and fell in love with suiting.
What items in your life do you place the most value on?
The most valuable items to me are ones that have history and have been handed down to me from family members. I never leave the house without this gold Nefertiti necklace that was my Grandmas as well as some of her rings. I always wear my Dad's ring too - I think jewellery is an amazing way to carry those special people with you.
Tell our readers something about yourself they may not know?
Studying fashion design has heavily influenced my love for suits. Straight after graduating I started at InStitchu and learnt so much more about suiting and my own personal style. Now at least half my wardrobe is made up of suits! My approach to suiting would be more relaxed and casual - suits with a t-shirt and sneakers, or a blazer with jeans on the weekend. Street style at fashion week is usually where I get my style inspiration from. Strong silhouettes from Balenciaga to soft tailoring at The Row and everything in between.
Explain the types of things you look out for and love in a suit?
Functional buttons are a must, paired with a peak lapel with pick stitching and double breasted style. It’s all about the details with made-to-measure and I think it's those subtleties are what makes a custom suit in particular so great. And of course the fit - the waist needs to be slim with a nice line from chest to hip.
What’s your favourite part about your job?
The best moments are when your customer comes out of a fitting room with a massive smile on their face and they decide to wear the suit out, or designing up a unique bold coloured suit for someone's wedding day.
What are your style tips for working from home?
Working from home can be tough. Our Australian Showrooms are now re-open after the pandemic so I'm working from the Showroom, but what got me through working from home was honestly, just still getting dressed like I was going to work, it helped my brain click into work mode and the importance of dressing in your routine shouldn't be underestimated! Sometimes though I would dress up from the waist up - think suit jacket on top - and tracksuit pants on the bottom just for comfort - worked for those zoom calls!
What do you wake up with in the morning?
An almond latte or a cold brew are my go to coffee orders - absolutely needed before I start my day.
What’s your idea of the perfect meal and accompanying beverage?
Being from Adelaide, my wine preferences are a bit biased so any Cabernet Sauvignon from the Adelaide Hills or Barossa are my favourites. Accompanied with an amazing pasta dish or an asian fusion restaurant.
What are your top three must reads and what are you reading right now?
I'm currently reading Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami. Anything by Murakami is amazing as a surrealist escape, or (the complete opposite genre) I love a biography -my favourites are the Richard Branson and Steve Jobs biographies - there's so much to learn from other people's life experiences.
To make a booking with Tayler or any of our Style Consultants, you can make an appointment here.