After 3 generations we believe that we have completed our apprenticeship and know a thing or two about fitting men of all different body shapes and sizes. Our customer service standards are high. Our knowledge is extensive and the range of clothing we offer is huge.
Stanley’s Menswear caters to the big guys, the tall guys and those in-between and offers a range of clothing for all age groups and lifestyles.
Meet The 3 Generations
Fred’s Emporium Pty Ltd trading as Stanley’s Menswear was originally established in 1932 by my grandparents, Fred & Rosie Kohn. Their first shop was in Bairnsdale but 11 years later they moved to the city and opened a small shop in Yarraville called Fred’s Emporium. They stayed in that location for 35 years and one shop grew into an entire block. It was the first suburban business to have a lift & employed up to 50 staff members.
Historical Fact # 1
When Fred arrived in Australia from Austria, he had difficulty finding clothes to fit him. So when he opened up his first Menswear store, Fred quickly established good relations with many of the local manufacturers and organised for them to make a range of King Size clothing that he could sell at an affordable price.
Fred & Rosie Kohn
Stanley & Laura Moss
Laura & Stanley both worked in Yarraville for many years until 1979 when my grandparents retired. At that stage, they sold Yarraville and Laura & Stan opened up a new store closer to home called Stanley’s Menswear. My father was a menswear specialist & my mother’s passion was administration.
Under Stan’s guidance, Stanley’s Menswear became a Bentleigh landmark and Stan himself a very well-liked and respected member of the community. Stan retired in 2001 and handed over the reins to me. Laura, like her mother who stopped working at 86, does not want to officially retire. She still comes in 3 days a week and is a very popular member of staff as she is in charge of paying the wages.
Historical Fact # 2
Stan was born in England in 1933. He worked in his family’s upholstery business, until he decided to follow his life’s desire and come to Australia to live. In 1958, 6 months after arriving in Melbourne, Stan met Laura and they were engaged and married within 3 months. After their engagement, Stan was asked to join the family business in Yarraville.
Keeping on with the family tradition, John, my partner joined the team when Stan retired in 2001. John is affectionately known as the shops “Mad Hatter”. He does all the hat buying and is the best hat fitter I have ever met. As for me, I have been in the trade since I could talk and have had the pleasure of working with both my parents and grandparents. I am in charge of the marketing & buying. I also serve, merchandise, do the displays and make all the big decisions for the business. I may be the boss of the shop but my mother is still the chief and John is the damaging director.
Historical Fact # 3
When I met John he had been a butcher all his working life. When we decided to get serious, John packed up his butcher’s knives, moved in with me and started working with me & his new found mother in law, all over a 2 day period. That is what I call courage, or is it madness? I’m still not sure!!!
Tania Moss & John Spillare
Our Elderly & Special Needs Community
Being a family business, we take pride in addressing the needs of our elderly and special needs community. Not only do we keep clothing for this demographic but we also provide a table and chairs where our customers can sit and be served & also have a fitting room which is wide enough to take a wheel chair.
Our King Size & Extra Tall Customers
There are a lot of men whose body shapes do not fit the “norm”. So if you were born with extra- long legs, carry extra weight or generally just find it difficult purchasing comfortable clothing that you like, then you should give us a try. We have sorted out many blokes fitting problems by our customers forwarding us some photos, and then engaging in that old fashioned thing called a conversation.
Hard To Find Items.
Only about 30% of our stock is online so if you are looking for something in particular, drop in or give us a call. We may just be able to help you.