Pocket Guide: Button Brothers

Palmer Mutandwa and Marvin Holder are the partnership behind the Australia-based tailoring service Button Brothers.

Although they share a commonality in being well dressed, Palmer Mutandwa and Marvin Holder, the duo behind the Australia-based tailoring service Button Brothers, have different points of reference. “My style stems from the 1920s and thirties Harlem Renaissance,” says Marvin. “It’s more colourful and more experimental than Palmer’s. I like to push boundaries.” Palmer, on the other hand, describes his as Afro-sartorialist, drawing on classic tailoring while injecting references to his heritage. “My style was cultivated from a very young age through church and school,” Palmer says.

The pair grew up on different continents — Palmer in Zimbabwe and Marvin in Trinidad and Tobago — and met in Melbourne after a mutual friend introduced them at a party. They quickly realised that their values were well aligned, and parlayed an appreciation of fine craftsmanship and exceptional style into a business. “The idea of creating and introducing artisanal pieces to a global clientele resonated with us both,” says Marvin.

As well as offering style advice, the pair offer made-to-measure tailoring in collaboration with Naples-based Luca Grassia. They then take this to clients in Australia and South Africa through trunk shows, helping to spread those ideals to the far reaches of the world.


August 2018


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