You can literally suit yourself at Brown’s Mensland and you can be guaranteed everything will fit like the proverbial glove.
Staff in store pride themselves on customer service and they love being known as the shop “where customers do the talking”.
The owners of Brown’s Mensland are proud the store is locally owned and that they have operated since 1956.
In 1956, Geoffrey Brown, who had previously spent his time delivering garments door to door in his hometown of Camperdown, started his clothing business at 159 Melbourne Road, North Geelong. Brown lived in this same building with his wife and five sons, and it still stands today. Business was good, but there was limited space. As the customers grew, so did the need for more stock and a larger premise.
Brown purchased and moved the business to 167 Pakington Street, West Geelong, in 1966. The opportunity to launch Brown’s Drapery Centre was also realised in Pakington Street. Once again, as the demand increased, so did the need for even more space. And so the search for a new home ensued.
In 1982, the bare allotment of land that is now 158-164 Pakington Street was purchased. The G.N. Brown and Son’s building was built and is where the business of Brown’s Mensland still operates today.
“Our vision since day one has been to ensure that our customers have a family they can trust and rely on to source clothing that fits their needs,” manager Cameron Brown says.
“Our personal approach to business and building community-based relationships has been a rewarding one and allowed us to maintain a quality service that delivers our customers only the best in a shopping experience.
“We provide perfectly tailored suits designed to make you look and feel your best for any occasion.”
The store aims to provide a variety of men’s clothing and apparel for any budget, style or size, as well specialising in formalwear for many events including weddings.
Brown’s also offers an extensive range of suit hire options ideal for people looking for just the right look for a wedding, black tie event, school formal or debutante.
In stock there are more than 20 different suit hire combinations, including vests, long ties, slim ties, bow ties, pocket hanks, shoes and a variety of other formalwear accessories, available in a range of colours for every budget.
Also on offer is a large range of men’s casual T-shirts, trousers, designer shirts and ties, socks, jocks, belts and footwear.
Popular brands in stock include Bonds, Jockey, Levi’s, Huski, Bisley, City Collection, Fashion Biz, John Kevin and Bongardi.
The in-store team consists of eight people, with more than 140 years of combined experience in retail.
“You can trust us to guide you in each consultation with our expert knowledge as to what looks right for you,” Cameron says.
“We strive to provide quality clothing and the very best customer service to our community, ensuring there is always a place to go that people know and trust.
“Our mission is to ensure the people of our community have a representative dedicated to sourcing and providing garments necessary to their requirements.”
Outside of the store the local owners pride themselves on supporting many local projects and charities including Ashby Primary School, Diversitat, Pako Festa and The Road Home.

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