Mandatory Menswear

A rare gem – just for men: Tee shirts to custom fit suits, tailored wear to fashion pieces.
Only in Wellington, Mandatory is a very popular local designer menswear store that makes clothes a block away and ships worldwide.

Opened in 1997, it is renowned for great fabrics, excellent fit – making pieces that last and remain favourites. Honest and knowledgeable, they offer custom fitting and a comprehensive alteration and tailoring service.

108 Cuba Mall, Te Aro, Wellington

MEET Clare

How did your business begin?

Mandatory was founded in 1997 by designers Clare Bowden and Fiona Edwards. The concept was to offer locally designed, urbane, quality men’s fashion alongside service; styling advice, custom fit and tailoring.

What gets you up in the morning?

A lot of coffee. And the desire to make things that become a part of peoples life.

When you're not working you are

Enjoying the many restaurants and bars, shows, galleries and coastal views that our creative city of Wellington has to offer.

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