Suit Up In Style with Oscar Hunt
Hunter Lab sat down with Chris Edwards, General Manager at Oscar Hunt Tailors, to talk about style, skincare and the art of finding the perfect suit
What’s the story behind Oscar Hunt Tailors?
Oscar Hunt started with a strong passion for classic menswear coupled with the frustration of not essentially having quality made-to-measure tailored suiting available in Australia to feed that passion. Therefore, we looked to create a destination for genuine; genuine service, genuine craft, and genuine people – where men can experience something unique and significantly special. Oscar Hunt is the authority in made-to-measure tailored suiting with showrooms in Melbourne and Sydney where we emphasise on a client-tailor relationship to craft the most functional and meaningful garments for business, weddings, and casualwear
Who/What is your biggest fashion inspiration?
I take inspiration from places and people – from the golden age of cinematic films to everyday people on the streets. I particularly enjoy seeing things that are old made new again and hence, this passion for classic menswear; the double-breasted navy pinstripe suit is still worn today as wall-street bankers did in the 1980s but with a modern approach to its construction. Sometimes, I even draw inspiration from our clients who have discovered their unique style that best represent themselves
How does Hunter Lab fit in with Oscar Hunt and your clientele?
What we particularly enjoy most about Hunter Lab is how the brand makes daily skincare routines easy and effortless altogether via the methodical use of its all-natural products – from the hand and body kit to men’s grooming kit. These products breathe new life into an industry otherwise saturated with uninspired, chemical-intensive, and synthetic offerings. The partnership between Oscar Hunt and Hunter Lab stems from a shared belief in craftsmanship and the resources to deliver truly unique offerings according to our clientele’s needs and lifestyles
Is skincare important to you?
At Oscar Hunt, made-to-measure tailored suiting should feel very much like a second skin – and for that reason, we strongly believe that it is difficult to look your best without first being comfortable in one’s own skin. The same can be said with skincare as we recognise its significance in our lives
What does style mean to you?
Style is about discovering what you enjoy most but more importantly, feeling comfortable in your garments. It’s no good just borrowing someone else’s look – for me, there’s a certain self-assuredness that stems from understanding oneself through experiences, experimentation, and trusting the made-to-measure tailoring process. Well, there’s a reason behind why most best dressed men in the world are often older
With the wedding season in full swing, what is some advice for someone looking for a new suit?
Made-to-measure tailored wedding suits are unique. Depending on the formality, fabrics are selected while considering the themes and seasonal conditions. And while the design features are a matter of personal preference, we recommend substituting fashion trends for classic styles that can stand the test of time
How will you be spending your Australian Summer?
Unwinding, being in the company of family and friends, surfing (of course) and perhaps the odd game of Kubb with a gin and tonic
Visit Chris and the team in Melbourne at 3/43 Hardware Lane, or in Sydney at 2/73 York Street