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EDWARD STREET TASTEMAKER: LUXURY MENSWEAR DESIGNER, MITCHELL OGILVIE

EDWARD STREET TASTEMAKER: LUXURY MENSWEAR DESIGNER, MITCHELL OGILVIE

Mitchell Ogilvie has run his luxury boutique on Edward Street for over 30 years, offering a renowned standard of excellence in premium menswear collections. Mitchell Ogilvie Menswear is home to international luxury brands, Brioni, Vilebrequin and Canali, and offers bespoke Made to Measure services. In a Q&A with Mitchell Ogilvie, we discuss high-end men’s fashion and style, and his presence on Brisbane’s luxury precinct, Edward Street.

When did you start the Mitchell Ogilvie label? 

I opened the store in April 1981 and have been designing my own ‘Mitchell Ogilvie’ label for over 10 years now.

Describe the Mitchell Ogilvie aesthetic?

I wanted the ‘Mitchell Ogilvie’ MADE IN ITALY brand to be as good as – if not better than – any of the international luxury brands.  We design our own line of suits, selecting the cut and fabrics to suit our customers and the Brisbane climate.

Why did you open a store on Edward Street?

In the early 80’s, there were six independent operators in Edward St so it was the menswear street at the time.

What’s your style philosophy

Understated Elegance.

What labels do you stock instore? 

Brioni, Brunello Cucinelli, Canali, Jacob Cohen, Vilebrequin and ‘Mitchell Ogilvie’ MADE IN ITALY, just to name a few.

Tell us about your latest collection.

We are evolving with Italian trends and as such we have designed unconstructed suits and jackets with less shoulder padding, minimal linings that are in happy prints and of course, working buttonholes are essential to all our garments.

What are your top three picks for must have pieces for this Autumn Winter?

An impeccable suit, a totally unconstructed jacket for comfort and a pair of Jacob Cohen jeans.

What is the key trend you are wearing right now?

I love the new Canali Kei suits we have in store. The jacket is unlined with a soft shoulder to give a less structured look. You can easily pair the jacket back with a pair of jeans to take you from the office into the evening. I like to pair my suit back with some suede boots for an even more casual look.

What are the three things that every man should have in his wardrobe?

A crisp white shirt, dark denim jeans and a suit where the jacket can be worn with jeans – brilliant for travelling.

What is an easiest way for men to add a special touch to an outfit?

A tie, pocket square and socks – all with a bit of personality to suit your individual style.

Mitchell Ogilvie

168 Edward Street, Brisbane City.

About Edward Street

Of historical important in Brisbane’s CBD, Edward St has emerged as Queensland’s most prestigious and exciting retail precinct. Adjoining the internationally renowned Queen Street Mall, it’s where contemporary glamour meets traditional craftsmanship in a quintessentially subtropical environment.