When it comes to wedding attire, it’s typically brides that get all the attention — so much so that TLC has likely made a small fortune documenting women from all corners of America hunting down their dream dress. But grooms have options, too: from peak-lapel tux jackets in white, midnight blue and tartan to three-piece suits, pocket squares and ties, there are a myriad of details to consider when picking a ’fit for your “I dos.”
These fives shops in Vancouver offer an optimal starting point — a place to say yux to the tux (or suit), if you will. (We’re still workshopping that one.)
Whether you’re looking for a shawl-collar tux or a stitch-by-stitch replica of Diddy’s 2017 Met Gala ’fit (cape included), Vancouver-based Blair Shapera (865 Hornby St.) has you covered. The longstanding biz offers made-to-measure, bespoke and artisanal bespoke services as well as ready-to-wear options for your whole wedding party. The company makes custom women’s suits, too, which landed it a spot on the finalists’ list for Vancouver magazine’s inaugural Made in Vancouver Awards earlier this year.
Menswear institution Harry Rosen (700 W. Georgia St. and 650 W. 41st Ave.) will have your suit sorted down to the last detail. It offers everything from luxe leopard-printed cocktail jackets to graphic pocket squares and skull- and rose-shaped lapel pins from designers like Tom Ford, Canali and Tateossian London. There’s also Atelier Munro, a made-to-measure label exclusive to Harry Rosen that allows you to customize your suit down to the last embellishment.
A Kitsilano mainstay, Staccato Menswear’s (1842 W. 1st Ave.) well-edited stock will ensure you stand out from the crowd on the big day. The boutique carries ready-to-wear suits and tuxes from hard-to-find brands like Tiger of Sweden and Tagliatore, as well as Canada’s own Paul Bentenly. There are also ties, dress shirts and pocket squares splashed in offbeat metallics, hues and patterns — perfect for taking your look to the next level.
When it comes to off-the-rack, the options don’t get more robust than at Nordstrom (799 Robson St.). The department store stocks tuxes and formalwear from designers like Boss, Ted Baker and Hart Schaffner Marx. You can also count on finding the perfect pair of cap-toe Oxfords, a silk bowtie in that very particular shade of sage green and mother-of-pearl cufflinks to complete the look.
There’s a reason custom-made suit biz Indochino (102–1014 Homer St.) has become a favourite among grooms in Vancouver and beyond: the locally based brand offers premium made-to-measure suits at prices comparable to those of ready-to-wear garments. The online direct-to-consumer model is convenient, too: choose your preferred suit style, customize details like collar felts and linings and enter your measurements. The suit arrives in two weeks’ time, so you can sit back and worry about more pressing issues like whether a pink-champagne or spiked red-velvet wedding cake will prove the bigger crowd-pleaser.