There's a palpable sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing you're the first to achieve something in your field.
Just ask Sydney-based tailor Patrick Johnson, whose eponymous label scored a major coup having been confirmed as the first, and for now only, Australian menswear brand to be stocked on prestigious menswear portal Mr Porter.
While Johnson has already secured some international success, with showrooms open in the sartorial hubs of both New York and London, this partnership is no small feat when you take into account the sheer enormity of Mr Porter's global reach. Add to this the style clout that comes from being stocked among the ranks of international powerhouse brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Tom Ford, Brioni and Gucci.
A long time coming
For fans of Johnson's work and his unstructured approach to tailoring, this move has been a long time coming.
Since setting up his first showroom in the jacaranda-lined streets of Paddington in Sydney, the trained oenologist (Johnson actually earned a degree winemaking from the University of Adelaide) has been slowly transforming the men of Australia into sartorial savants.
"We were not looking to sell our products to other vendors," admits the man himself, Patrick Johnson. "As we are specialised in tailoring, producing one-off pieces for our clients. However after meeting the team from Mr Porter we were convinced that we should work together. They really understood us and what we were about. They are passionate and they are the best retailer in the world online, so we are very fortunate to be working with them."
What it looks like
While something of a departure from their traditional made-to-measure services, the ready-to-wear collection retains the simple elegance that P. Johnson tailors has become infamous for - the relaxed silhouettes that reflect the aesthetic of Tuscany where the majority of the brand's tailoring occurs and the lightweight, Australian climate-friendly fabrics.
Johnson's signature colour palette is very much apparent - caramels, white and various shades of blue.
As interchangeable separates, the range is a brilliantly curated wardrobe that covers all your bases - blazers, suiting that works just as well for weekends as it would in the office and relaxed resort-inspired looks made from Australian merino wool, linens and Egyptian cotton.
Standout pieces include the beige cotton twill suit, the camp collar linen shirt, and of course the cream silk-twill jacket that has apparently already sold out and won't be restocked.
And should you get something that needs a tweak, Johnson and the team are more than happy to help: "For additional tailoring we are happy to see clients in our Australian, London or New York showrooms for adjustments at the standard cost."
Take a look at the gallery above to see the best of P. Johnson's debut range for Mr Porter.