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M.J. Bale Samurai Suiting: Made in Japan

[emphasized type=”emphasized”]Spring. The weather is warming up, summer is just around the corner and the events are starting to roll in.[/emphasized]

With all eyes on Melbourne as the host for the Spring Racing Carnival (and the city-wide revelry that coincides with this exciting week), it is certainly a great time to consider sprucing up your image by adding key staples to your wardrobe. Guys, we’re talking suits!

It is a common held misconception that suit shopping is a difficult exercise. Many the man will make the mistake of buying the first suit that catches his eye before exploring sufficient comparative options. Others will do the opposite, dashing futilely from store to store, only to depart in a cloud of frustration and ultimately…without a decent suit for their troubles.

But here’s the thing. Buying a suit should be a pleasant experience for all parties involved, but unfortunately, too many guys will walk away with a less than reasonable product; that being a suit that doesn’t fit well enough, or a garment that is just poorly made, a crime against the very notion of a tailored lifestyle.

So, if you’re after a suit that will display a touch of your sartorial flair, (or purely something that will see you past Crown Oaks day), read on…..

In our eternal quest for superior lifestyle standards, we have chosen to take a close look at Aussie designer and retailer MJ Bale.

Having successfully carved a niche in the market of men’s fashion, MJ Bale pride themselves on producing quality no-nonsense suits within an affordable price range. All of MJ Bale suits are 100% merino wool with a half-canvas structure, soft-shoulder, and most are lined using Bemberg, a superior natural fibre. They come in a great range of colours, and are certainly a good starting point, especially if you are looking to assemble key wardrobe pieces.

However, it was the MJ Bale Japanese or ‘Samurai‘ collection suits that recently caught our roving eye.

The crème de la crème of MJ Bale suiting, the Samurai collection are a full canvas, super 130 hand-made garment made to exacting specifications in a local factory in Iwate, Japan.

Requiring over 50 hours of work to construct a single suit, master tailor and executive director Kenichi Kaneko oversees the entire production to ensure each suit is of the highest quality. The result is a suit of prominence, integrity and authenticity, in keeping with the finest traditions of Japanese tailoring.

The suit that came into our possession is the latest version of Japanese Samurai suits, now spun in a super 110, rendering it a more durable wear than the 130 version.

Close inspection of the new ‘Mizura Navy suit’ revealed a genuine work of tailoring art. The emphasis on the hand sewn collar and arm holes was noticeable, and the suit honestly fit like a glove, as evidenced by the accompanying photos.

Often overlooked in favour of their Italian and British counterparts, Japanese tailors actually belong right at the very apex of international garment construction and craftsmanship. To say we are impressed by the MJ Bale Samurai suit would be an understatement.

And if you don’t believe us, take a look at the process for yourself.

So if you’re on the hunt for a new suit, we recommend dropping past an MJ Bale outlet for a look around. And if you really want to get serious, and invest in a garment that has been hand wrought by a Japanese master, check out the Samurai collection, you won’t be disappointed.

THE TAILORED MAN