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Edward Street Tastemaker: Andrew Byrne of The Cloakroom

Edward Street Tastemaker: Andrew Byrne of The Cloakroom

Creative Director of The Cloakroom, Andrew Bryne, is a man about Brisbane when it comes to style and the luxury of menswear. Andrew takes us on a journey through bespoke menswear to ensure that next time you are editing your wardrobe you are thoughtful in deciding what piece to add in.

Andrew Bryne, Creative Director

When did you start the The Cloakroom label? 

We launched in 2007, opening our first store in Brisbane.

   Describe The Cloakroom aesthetic?  

We’re guide by our of approach to ‘redefining elegance’. And while The Cloakroom aesthetic continues to evolve, it remains firmly rooted in classic tailoring – favouring a masculine and confident silhouette that also allows for comfort.

   Why did you open a store on Edward Street? 

For some time we have seen the advancement of the Edward St precinct and always felt The Cloakroom and Cloakroom Bar would be well positioned here – alongside a world class collection of retailers featuring some of the world’s foremost luxury brands.

   What’s your style philosophy? 

Style is ultimately an extension of who you are as a person. It should elevate and empower you both physically and psychologically.

   

What labels do you stock in-store?  

At The Cloakroom we specialise in made-to-measure menswear. Everything we offer – suits, shirts, overcoats, jeans and leatherwear – is tailored to our clients measurements and stylistic preferences. Making garments from scratch in this manner not only allows our clients to commission the perfect piece, but also delivers the best fit and proportions.

   Tell us about your latest collection. 

The recent change of season has seen an increased demand for suits cut from heavier, warmer fabrics. We’ve had a number of clients looking to commission more casual jackets that will not only take them through winter, but also offer some dexterity throughout the warmer months, which leads us to lightweight cashmeres and cashmere blends. Men are also investing in our made-to-measure jeans – often in darker, slightly heavier denims.

   

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

A beautiful blazer that you can dress up and down (depending on the occasion).

A leather bomber jacket, I especially love the sheep leather as it’s so soft and light to wear.

A shirt cut in cotton/cashmere fabric – super soft and luxurious!

   What is the key trend you are wearing right now?  

My navy cashmere blazer is a piece that is great at this time of year . I’m wearing it with charcoal flannel pants and denim.

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

Lots of crisp white shirts.

At least one beautifully tailored suit in navy.

A selection of good shoes – including brown oxfords, dark oxblood wingtips and suede loafers.

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

For something special, add a handmade 7 fold silk tie from our favourite Milanese tie maker, Petronius.

All available on Edward Street Brisbane.

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.