Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The Cloakroom Blog has a new home

As of this week we have a new home for our Cloakroom blog.
Dan and the team at The Letter D have been working their magic helping set us up with a new Word Press format for the blog and a new and improved Pistols at Dawn website.

To visit our new blog simply go to our Cloakroom web address -

New Pistols at Dawn jackets - Brisbane

The hot weather shows no signs of abating just yet. Our latest Pistols at Dawn jackets are the perfect way to stay sharp and cool.

Prince of Wales check in linen.

Which also works really well with a tie.

Tan Cotton 1 Button Peaked Lapel - half lined internally in Bemberg and finished with white piping.

Textured Black Linen - the perfect jacket to go with jeans.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Thurs Shoeshine returns today - Brisbane

Our inhouse shoe expert Ben will be back on the brushes today for the first weekly shoeshine of 2011.
Drop in if your shoes need some love, or you just need an excuse to get out and stretch your legs.

9am - 2pm at our Brisbane store - 104 Edward st

Monday, 21 February 2011

Our new home - 104 Edward st

The doors are now open at our new Brisbane store!

We'd love to show you around the new digs, so please drop in and say hi.

This year we have a few new additions to our team. Joining Mitchell and I (Andrew) will be Ben, who among other things is our resident shoe expert and Thurs shoeshiner, and Louis who brings some invaluable experience to the team. Louis is a native of Montreal, but has lived and travelled across Europe, NY and now Brisbane.

Here's a look at the finished product.

Edward St - all done!

In the last week we have seen it all come together at the new store.
Josh our shopfitter managed to get his hands on some beautiful Tasmanian oak which we have used through the shop for the shelves and racking. It's great to see the space change and feel more like a Cloakroom shop each day.
Much thanks to all the boys for their hard work.

Friday, 11 February 2011

104 Edward St

This month's Map Magazine hits the streets today (check it out online), and we've run a double page for the opening of our new Brisbane store.
We have been slightly pre-emptive with the opening date, but we are hoping to be open on Thurs (Feb 17th).

The new store is located at 104 Edward st, which is just a short stroll down Edward st from the bottom of the Queen Street Mall.

Although our address details have changed we are contactable on our usual number 3210 1515 and on all our current email addresses.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

New Brisbane Cloakroom - almost ready

The last few weeks have been crazy trying to get our hands on the keys, and then getting started on the fit out for our new Brisbane flagship.
It's been all hands on deck with everyone pulling their weight, and then some. The painting in particular has been a mammoth job. I guess that's one of the few downsides of having a large shop.
The new shop will be our Brisbane HQ, and as of Feb 20th our only Brisbane store (we will be closing our James st store in the next fortnight).
The extra space and long term lease means this will be our most comprehensive store to date. We hope it comprises all of the things we have dreamed of and that you, our customers, would hope for in a menswear store.

The space has fantastic light, and with the high ceilings and timber floors plenty of character.

As one of our Cloakroom signatures we had to of course stay with our black theme that we've done in all our previous stores.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Swiss wedding

Was a real pleasure to look after Roger and his groomsmen, for a winter wedding in Switzerland. The boys are all in black wool cashmere suits (Roger with morning coat) dove grey wool waist coats, off white pinpoint shirts and custom made silk ties.

Congratulations and thank you for the pics.

Monday, 7 February 2011

hands down the best thing about sydney

Bronte Beach is a 10 minute ride, almost in a straight line east from home.
I made the rookie error one afternoon of catching a bus from the store ie Elizabeth st, Oxford st then Bondi Junction. It was hot and took over 40 minutes. Generally I find the public transport pretty good and use it a lot to get around. Though I think once you get into narrow suburban streets it gets clogged quite quickly.

The Cricketers Arms Hotel

A bit of an institution I think. The first time I visited was with a local friend of mine. I soon found myself riding with a crew on fixed wheel pushies racing through the eastern suburbs. The schooners beforehand did nothing to help me keep up.
This was taken while with the Brisbane Cloakroom boys last time they were in town.

Mr Alvaro

Sue and Dom (cloakroom custom order navy linen blazer). At the launch of Grand designs Australia.
Those with FOX TV may have already seen their amazing home in Surry Hills, a few blocks from the shop.


Beautiful amplifier. If only I had grabbed it then. Im sure its not still there. Would have made a real statement in the new store.

its been a while

Its been a while since I've posted anything from our cloakroom Sydney adventure.
I thought id share some things I've seen. excuse the photo quality.


Boxing Day!

Friday, 21 January 2011

New Season Grensons arriving soon!

Here's a peak at some of the styles we'll have in store from Feb.

There are some great shoes, so act fast to avoid missing out.

*We've waited a long time for these loafers, but it's been worth it.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Brisbane's nightmare

It's been a tough start to 2011. After all the rain here in Brisbane we've now just experienced a once in a lifetime flood event and it's been very distressing to see the damage that has be wreaked on our city.
To all those people who've been affected our thoughts are with you. Tough times like this sometimes have a strange way of bringing us together and it seems the rising spirit of the Brisbane population has been the only upside to a tragic week.

Thankfully none of us at The Cloakroom have been affected directly. At some points during Wed & Thurs we were sure our James st store would go under, but somehow we were spared.
We are still pressing on with our plans for a new Brisbane store to be open this month, but the enormity of what has happened has given us some new perspective, so we appreciate your patience if this takes a little longer than we had hoped.

A lot of businesses out there are doing it tough so please support the local operators and stores in your area. Everyone's help is crucial.

At the moment we are still only trading from our James st store, but for all our city customers we are still taking appointments in town.
We hope to see you soon.