FAQ

Design, fabrics & fittings

What suit fabrics can I choose from?

Our vast selection of fabrics include an array of wool, cashmere, cotton, linen and mohair. Wool is the most frequently used cloth for business & leisure suits. The superfine Merino fibre, sourced from Australian & New Zealand sheep, makes up most of our range of fabrics. We utilise a variety of cloth mills from around the world to suit your individual needs, including Dugdale Bros, Ariston, Dormeuil, Loro Piana, Solbiati, Porter and Harding, Harrisons of Edinburgh and more. Our fabric range is made up of 100% natural fibres.

WOOL
Wool is versatile in being able to be woven into superfine light & tropical weights, or heavy & warm weights. Different types of wool will create distinct drapes, durability and warmth. The weight of the wool is the best determinant of what is most appropriate for a winter or summer climate. Wool is a natural fibre. It breathes regardless of whether it is heavy or light.

COTTON
Cotton is not only used for shirts; it can also look great in a suit or jacket. Although it might seem informal or casual, it can be dressed up depending on the occasion. Blazers or sports jackets can typically be made from cotton to give a natural and comfortable feel. An open weave cotton fabric can also create a linen look minus the price tag.

LINEN
Linen is a thick and coarse fibre. It is durable, absorbent and dries faster than cotton. Its open weave makes it ideal for warmer climates, particularly in humid weather.

BLENDS
Blending different cloth types can enhance durability, sheen, texture, and softness. Each fabric choice and its percentage of blended fabric will create a different drape and overall feel to the cloth. Standard blends you may find are; linen and silk, cotton and linen, silk and cotton, wool and cashmere, or wool and mohair. There is a particular look associated with each blend. It is best to ask your fitter if you would like to explore this option.

What shirt fabrics can I choose from?

Cotton is the main cloth choice for shirts. Oscar Hunt use 100% cotton for shirts as it?s a natural fibre that drapes and feels soft on the body, whilst being durable and easy to iron. ‘Non iron’ shirts are typically a cotton blend that are heavily chemically treated and have inferior feel, softness and durability. Below are some of the popular cotton weaves for shirts.

TWILL
Twill weave is one of the most common in business shirts. It has a slight thickness, is easy to iron, and drapes nicely on the body. Twill's tight weave is recognisable due to its diagonal lined texture.

OXFORD
An Oxford weave is thick and provides a rough texture. Made famous by the Oxford University button-down collared shirts, Oxford fabrics are popular for casual wear but equally appropriate in a business environment. There are a few Oxford variations – Pinpoint Oxford (generally used in casual shirts), Royal Oxford (perfect for the business environment) and regular Oxford.

POPLIN
Poplin tends to have a smooth texture with a slight sheen. It's lighter weave makes poplin perfect for warmer weather. This fabric drapes fantastically and irons well.

Why do you recommend two pairs of trousers with a suit?

Two pairs of trousers will prolong the life of your suit. Trousers receive the highest wear in a suit because you sit/stand/dance which regularly generates friction. Once a fabric receives too much wear and tear it becomes somewhat shiny and discoloured where it cannot be repaired to its original state. Two pairs of trousers regularly rotating will provide a longer wardrobe life for the suit you dearly love.

How does the fitting process work?

It is a three-stage process.

Your first appointment goes for approximately 1 hour. Our fitting team will discuss all fabric options, design elements and pricing with you. We will take upwards of 30 measurements noting posture, shoulder balance and proportion. Approximately five weeks after the initial appointment, you will return to try on the fully constructed garment. During this fitting, we take note of how the garment sits on your body and ensure the fit is right for you. If required, final adjustments can be made to the garment by our in-house master tailor within a week.

The third and final fitting confirms you are happy with how it looks and feels. Further adjustments can be made if necessary. If you are fully satisfied, you may now take your new garment home. If you are working towards a specific date, we are delighted to work within your timeframe. All measurements are updated and kept on our system should you wish to purchase another made-to-measure garment in the future.

What are the turnaround times?

From the first appointment to the final fitting, the process generally takes about 6-7 weeks. Should you require the suit before this time, construction can be fast-tracked, reducing turnaround to 4 weeks.

If you are buying a wedding suit, we recommend you plan ahead to avoid any stress leading up to the big day. 

What are the design options for jackets?

Oscar Hunt offers a comprehensive range of design options. Our team of fitters are here to help with every decision along the way. Below we have outlined some of the key options to choose from:

JACKET

Shoulder structure: Traditional, soft, unpadded, roped or more.
Internal Lining: Fully lined, half lined or completely unlined.
Lapels: Peak, notch or shawl, all in your choice of width.
Closures: Single breasted - 1, 2 or 3-roll-2 button. Double-breasted - 6, 4 or 2 button.
External Pockets: Flapped, jetted or patched.
Vents: Double, Single or none.
Buttons: We have a varying range of button choices available for you. We make our sleeves with functioning cuff buttons. If you have a specific button set in mind, our tailors can easily add these to your garments.
Monogramming: We can position various fonts either inside the lining or under the collar.

What are the design options for trousers?

Waistband: Side adjusters, belt loops or neither.
Front: Flat fronted, single pleated or double pleated.
Closure: Zip or button fly.
Finishing: Turn up cuff 3cm, 4cm, 5cm or plain hem.
Inner Braces Buttons: Can be added upon request

What are the design options for shirts?

Collars: A range of different options from classic, semi cutaway, full cutaway, button-down, mandarin or more.
Cuffs: Button or French (double) cuff in numerous styles.
Monogramming: We can position various fonts on either the cuff, collar or body.

Can I use my own sourced material?

We can work with a material you have have seen and sourced yourself. We have special pricing for this type of work; please enquire with us for further details.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes. Appointments allow us to devote our time solely with you. It gives us the time to get to know you and your needs, discuss fabrics, design options and pricing. However, do not hesitate to drop in, browse our collection, discuss your ideas and organise a future fitting.

What does the number S refer to? (eg. Super 150s)?

It is a measurement of how fine the wool is after being spun into a yarn. The higher the S number, the finer the yarn. A higher S number does not necessarily refer to a better quality product. Finer yarns provide a superior feel and drape whilst also being lightweight. A higher S number may feel soft on your skin but will not be as durable when worn weekly to work. You will most commonly see S number's between 100 - 160 in suiting, but the choice will come down to the wearer's preference in feel, purpose, and frequency of use.

What if I have no idea about the suit I want?

Our fitters have a genuine passion for suiting, which is evident from the moment you walk into our showroom. They are here to give you advice on colour, fit, proportion, fabric, appropriateness and everything in between. No prior suit knowledge is required; it is our job to get to know you and help express your character.

Construction & tailoring

Where are your suits made?

We complete the core construction of the suit in our workshop in Shanghai, China. We utilise world-leading Gerber laser technology to cut our fabrics, resulting in an exact fit. We complement this with our specially sourced linings, canvassing and shoulder construction from the best makers in Europe to construct your garment.

We have visited and tested made-to-measure facilities in Portugal, England, Italy and Bulgaria and found the precision and consistency is unrivalled in China. We also found the costs of making a suit in China comparable to Europe. We are proud of our 'Made In China' label because our Chinese facility is a world leader in the construction of quality made-to-measure menswear.

Our suits are finished here, in our showrooms by our team of tailors. It is a truly global process, where we aim to bring together the best fabrics and technology in the world, along with supreme tailoring and client service to provide the best possible value.

What about canvassing?

We construct our jackets with a floating half-canvas through the shoulder and chest. A floating canvas is sewn rather than glued into the lapel and armhole to be soft and form-fitting to the body. All layers of canvassing, which have been sourced from Germany, are constructed with natural fibres so the jacket can breathe and shape correctly. We offer a range of different canvassing weights to best suit your needs, from traditional weight, lightweight, to no canvassing at all.

Do you do external alterations?

Yes - we have an experienced Master Tailor who can alter your new or old favourites. The price depends on the type of alteration and the time needed to complete the work.

Costs, payment terms & other questions

How much are your garments?

The pricing of our garments is based solely on your choice of fabric. There are no surcharges for any amount of detail you choose or number of fittings you require. Our made-to-measure suits start at $999 and range up depending on your choice of fabric. Separate jackets start from $649, trousers from $349 and our made-to-measure shirts from $199.

What are the payment options?

We require a 50% deposit after your first fitting, with the remainder due when you pick up your garments. We accept EFTPOS, all major credit cards and cash.

Why do you recommend two pairs of trousers with a suit

Two pairs of trousers will prolong the life of your suit. Regular generation of friction from day to day use, causes trousers to receive the most wear. Once a fabric gets too much wear and tear, it becomes shiny and discoloured beyond repair. Rotating two pairs of trousers will provide a longer wardrobe life for your suit.

How should I best care for my Oscar Hunt garments?

SUITS
Where possible, try to rest and rotate your suits. A second pair of trousers can help with this.

Hang your suit on a wide hanger. Choose a hanger that correctly supports the shoulders to ensure the suit maintains its shape.

Save your money on dry cleaning. Only dry clean your suit when absolutely necessary, and only do so at a premium, reputable dry cleaner. Dry cleaners often use harsh chemicals that can impact on the longevity of your suit and give it an unwanted shine. Remember to ask your dry cleaner to wrap your horn or shell buttons in foil to avoid cracking. For any small blemishes, spot clean your garment with a damp cloth. If your suit is looking a little tired, often a simple press will be more than sufficient. Bring it to your nearest Oscar Hunt showroom, and we can attend to this right away.

Take care when putting your trousers on. To avoid ripping the hem, put your socks on first and carefully place your leg through the trouser. If you happen to unstitch the hem don't fret, drop them into your nearest showroom, and we'll have it fixed within minutes.

SHIRTS
Much like your suits, dry cleaning can be detrimental to the life of your shirts. The chemicals used when dry cleaning along with the pressing can wear the edges of the fabric and damage the buttons. Instead, cold machine or hand wash your shirts at a temperature less than 30 degrees.

SHOES
The first rule of shoe care is not to wear the same pair of shoes every day of the week. Giving at least 24 hours rest allows the leather to relax and any moisture to evaporate. It is also essential to establish a regular care routine to keep your shoes looking their absolute best. This involves cleaning, conditioning and polishing. At a bare minimum, dedicate time to use a shoe brush to remove loose dirt from the exterior after each wear. It is worth investing in unvarnished cedar shoe trees for each pair of shoes you own to help absorb moisture and ensure the leather keeps its shape. 

Does Oscar Hunt sell gift vouchers?

Yes. Oscar Hunt vouchers make a great gift. Our experience and knowledge, combined with the person’s sense of style, makes for a well thought out present. Perfect for birthdays, Christmas and Father's Day. Vouchers expire in 12 months, but if you miss the expiry date, we are not going to hold it against you. You can order a gift voucher by contacting us at custom@oscarhunt.com.au, or by visiting one of our showrooms.