Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Filter by Categories
Favourite Things
Our Events
Our Vendors
Real Engagement
Real Weddings
Styled Shoot
The Wild Ones
Vendor Posts
Wedding Inspiration
Wild Inspiration
Wild Love Story
Fashion Our Vendors

Barkers \\ The Modern Gentleman

Barkers have been part of our Wild Hearts events for the last 3 years, at our Wild Hearts Auckland Wedding Fair and inspiring Grooms around the country on our Wild Hearts Runways. 

Celebrating the modern New Zealand gentleman, Barkers ethos is “Life is made for living and we’re made for life.” Creating a range of suiting and menswear to fit into our ever changing surrounding environments in New Zealand – from historic churches, to wild oceanscapes and to the top of the snow-capped southern alps. No matter where your Wedding destination is the team at Barkers have you covered, from the classic black tuxedo, to the more adventurous casual Groom look. 

They offer a wide range of personalised planning services to take care of the groom and his main men in the build-up to the big day. We chatted to the team at Barkers to get some advice on how to make you look your best on your wedding day. 

How early should men be looking at what they want to wear for their wedding day? 

It’s a good idea to start planning or looking for inspiration online for look you want to achieve well in advance, at least to make sure that it all ties in with the bride/bridesmaids plans or so that they can follow your lead. As far as actual shopping and purchasing, 3 months or so before the wedding tends to work, far enough away from the big day so that you can shop around and round up your team to get everyone styled and clothes fitted/altered in time but close enough to the wedding  that the product still suits the season, you don’t want a heavy flannel blazer bought mid-winter to wear in the middle of summer.

What services do you offer for men in the preparation of, and on their wedding day? 

Barkers offers a wide range of wedding services, from custom made to measure suits and blazers and off the shelf groomsman package deals to the perfect haircut and cut throat shave to ensure there’s not a hair out of place on the big day. Pop into store or check out website for full details.

What direction do you believe mens fashion is heading in, and what trends do you see upcoming in the wedding industry? 

Casualization of men’s fashion is very apparent across all genres currently, even the traditional business institutions of the world that were the last strong hold for the suit and tie are relaxing their dress codes. This could mean two things for the wedding industry, a lot of weddings will follow the casualization trend with relaxed dressing and soft unstructured tailoring. On the other hand it will also become the last excuse for some to dress up and they will go all out on the outfit and go as smart as possible with made to measure unique suits and tuxedos leading the way, it’s the middle ground with more regular suiting styles that will be the loser in this battle.

Who are some style icons that inspire the team at Barkers?

There are too many to name, we seek inspiration from such a wide array of people. Timeless and effortless style is key though.

Shop the latest from Barkers instore or online at www.barkersonline.co.nz and see Barkers on the Runway at Wild Hearts Christchurch on Saturday 7th September and Wild Hearts Queenstown 29th September. Tickets available here.


Photos from Wild Hearts Auckland Wedding Fair and Runway by Stories By Bianca and Zanda Photography

Real Wedding Photos by Liam Soul and The Virtue provided by Barkers

You Might Also Like


    Anya OstapenkoChaos & Harmony

    Anya Ostapenko is the unrelenting force and face behind the contemporary Australian bridal label, L'eto Bridal. L'eto has one central focus when it comes to reshaping the bridal world; to make love cool again.

    Cool the L'eto bride is, with careful and considered play between textures, silk weights and design- there is something for everyone. Each collection is an ode to a specific love for Anya; country, era and aesthetic- all collections speak of a time and style that Anya believes should exist in the bridal world. The result? L'eto brides have been adorning aisles (or catwalks) everywhere with these incredible new bridal gowns.

    Self-taught in every way, Anya Ostapenko is a name that the fashion and bridal world alike need to look out for, because as much as she has transformed the world of bridal, she is only getting started.



    Beks AndersonChaos & Harmony

    Over 10 years ago, Chaos & Harmony’s Creative Director and Founder, Beks Anderson and her husband sold everything they owned and moved to Italy so Beks could learn to design shoes at the Instituo Europeo di Design in Rome. She was taught by tutors who’d worked at Valentino and Fendi, among others, and learned how to infuse her lifelong love of texture, materials and leathers into comfortable, high-quality, hand-made shoes.

    Twelve months later they returned to Mount Maunganui and created Chaos & Harmony - a market-leading, boutique shoe company. The name Chaos & Harmony reflects our love of textures to create depth – it brings about a curious contradiction. It also subtly sums up a woman’s world!

    @chaosandharmonyshoes @beks_anderson


    Cameron ThorpChasewild

    Cameron is the co-founder of Chasewild Photography - an adventurous and emotive wedding photography company based in New Zealand. Beyond shooting weddings and elopements, Chasewild equips and enables photographers to upskill themselves and grow their businesses through their workshops, editing presets and one-on-one mentoring sessions. Cameron believes that photography and creative business exist to 'turn your heart' on and is passionate about artists discovering their unique take on how they do that for the world. As easy-going as they come, Cameron is only particular about a few things in life: the grind size of his morning coffee, access to regular golf games and the campari ratio of a light night negroni.



    Greta KenyonTogether Journal

    Greta is the Editor, Founder & Publisher of Together Journal - a publication celebrating creative and authentic real weddings, celebrations and love from all over the world. Greta studied photography, graphic design and marketing, and worked in the fashion industry for eight years before having her three children. While on maternity leave, she started shooting weddings for friends, as well as editorial content for magazines and blogs. Her photography business grew rapidly - within a couple of years she was shooting weddings all over New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Island, Indonesia and the USA. Eventually, Greta noticed a distinct lack of modern wedding media on a global scale - so with the help of others in the wedding community, Together Journal was born!

    @greatanz @togetherjournal 


    Kath MackenzieOne Fine Day

    Kath is the owner and creative behind wedding brand, One Fine Day. Her genuine passion for the industry, combined with her impeccable eye and knowledge, has seen Kath and her One Fine Day team produce unforgettable weddings for over a decade. What started from humble beginnings as a one-man-band venture, has now seen One Fine Day grow into a vibrant A-team of 11 event professionals. Kath describes herself as a perfectionist, problem solver, creative, master of common sense and lover of a good challenge. She’s also a travel lover, wife and mum to three gorgeous children living in Queenstown, New Zealand, where One Fine Day is based.



    Michelle FowlerHalf Light Studio

    Michelle is the creative behind Half light Studio, a multidisciplinary design and business strategy studio dedicated to helping small businesses and creatives level-up and create conscious and sustainable brands. Michelle is an experienced designer, developer and business mentor who has a wealth of expertise working for and alongside small-to-medium businesses across a variety of industries. Her approach to brand growth centres on supporting clients to gain clarity on their values, streamlining and organising their systems, and elevating their thought processes to create conscious business models filled with nourishment and purpose.



    Samantha GerardWild Hearts

    Lover of all things wild, Samantha founded Wild Hearts in 2015 alongside a group of local creatives. With a passion for dreaming big and a vision to create a community of like-minded industry leaders, Samantha has grown Wild Hearts into the well-known brand it is today. A stylist by trade, she is also the creative-soul behind all of our Wild Hearts campaigns and you will find her work featured in some of our favourite places including Together journal, Hello May, The Lane, and our own Wild Hearts Magazine.




    Sara + JeanTwelve Tables

    Twelve Tables directors Sara and Jean started their journey in 2015 in the midst of planning their own wedding. A love for creativity and details (and of course, each other) led the journey of sourcing and crafting unique items for their wedding. Four years and 150+ celebrations later, Twelve Tables is New Zealand’s tailored event expert, offering a luxury and completely customised marquee venue for clients throughout New Zealand.



    Si MooreBayly & Moore

    One half of Aotearoa-based photography duo Bayly & Moore, Si brings a decade’s worth of experience traversing the globe shooting people in love with every analog gadget he can find. A Rangefinder-NYC awarded photographer he has been recognised with numerous accolades from around the globe and has presented at key industry conferences and workshops in Europe, the US, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Constantly dealing with the strong South Pacific sun has given him an enduring obsession with heavy shadow lines, directional light, and how human stories fit into all of that in the boldest way.

    IG: @baylymoore @sasmoore

    Web: baylymoore.com sasmoore.com