Models wear creations of Smalto's autumn-winter 2013/2014 men's fashion collection, in Paris. Picture: AP

Compromise has long been a necessary evil when it comes to Australian menswear.

Personalised tailoring and handcrafted shoes have either been out of reach or out of budget.

But, as the inevitable rebellion against ubiquitous casual attire snowballs, tailors and shoe stockists in Australia have responded.

If you don't believe there is a global revival in dressing well, just Google "Best men's style blogs".

The internet is cluttered with blogs and websites pointing to the very best in men's permanent style, not trends - what it is and how to get it.

This has been a mystery in Australia and many other countries until recently.

Men have been restricted to department store offerings - generic clothing made in third-world countries of generally poor quality - or flashy designer brands at eye-watering prices.

No matter how much you pay for a suit or a shirt, you will have to compromise.

Almost nobody is a perfect standard size 40, 42 or 44 etc. The shoulders may fit but the arms may be too long, the waist too loose or too tight, the trousers the same.

Men consistently walk out of a gaudy storefront after paying $6000 for a high-end brand name that simply does not fit.

Now you can have access to suits and shirts made exclusively for you - at barely more than the mass-produced items.

And the very best English shoes from famed Northampton makers at prices so low you will look twice. So enticing, in fact, you may even buy twice.

In Melbourne and Sydney, the tailoring firm of Patrick Johnson can make a suit or a shirt from the finest Italian and British fabrics for you - and no-one else.

You can choose from any style, from something as basic as whether it will be single or double breasted to details such as structured, soft or Neapolitan shoulders.

The attention to detail is so intense it even includes a fastening sewn inside and below the lapel button-hole to catch a carnation, if you're that brave.

Most importantly, though, the garments will fit - perfectly. After six weeks being cut and made in Europe they return to Patrick Johnson's South Melbourne or Sydney premises for final adjustments.

Suit prices are around $1300 - on par with a department store's mid-price range - rising to around $1500 (more if you want finer wool or cashmere) for hand stitching and finishing.

Bespoke shirt prices range from $220 with more than a dozen collar styles and myriad high quality Thomas Mason fabrics to choose from.

The newly opened Double Monk in Fitzroy is a paradise for lovers of quality men's shoes.

Exclusive brands such as Edward Green, John Lobb (Prince Charles' shoemakers), Cleverley and Crockett & Jones can be found in a club-like atmosphere where you can sip a drink and browse international men's magazines while you ponder your choices.

Crockett & Jones, a shoemaker for more than 100 years, is where the price point starts. Pay less than $500 for bench-made models or just $100 more for hand-grade shoes.

You can even make up your own order from Edward Green.

Want a split-toe derby in dark green suede? No problem, just a few months and it will be delivered exclusively for you.

There is a reason these stores exist and are thriving - because there is a demand.

Jeans and T-shirts are fine, just not all the time. Please.

The West Australian

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