About Us

Welcome to Mandatory
New Zealand Made Menswear.
Custom suiting is on offer along side smart casual, work & occasion wear, released in niche limited in-season ranges. Honest and knowledgeable, with custom fitting and a comprehensive alteration service, we are experienced in a wide range of wedding plans and similar epic events. We provide excellent styling advice where needed with quality locally made goods to back it up. Our skills are highly regarded.  Since 1997 this has been a local favourite and we now ship worldwide most weeks. Quality manufacture, good cuts, excellent fit, this is the best of NZ Men’s fashion. Find us in Cuba St, the creative precinct of Wellington. Welcome.

Mandatory was founded in 1997 offering locally designed, urbane, quality men’s fashion alongside service; styling advice, custom fit and tailoring. A rare gem, the independent menswear store, Mandatory operates as a classic men’s outfitter with a constantly developing mostly local fashion range from tee shirts to suits and accessories. 20 years on Mandatory is extremely popular. 
Manufacturing menswear in Wellington, New Zealand is not without its challenges, but it is rewarding, we love doing it and ultimately we believe this is best practice from environmental/ ethical and design perspectives. Producing locally allows us to be economical with valuable cloth stocks and expert labour. Using our resources efficiently with in-time production allows us to offer a custom fit to order service for the same price as garments off the rack. Designing and producing successive in-season capsule collections enables us to deliver limited edition designs and maintain our long standing reputation as providing value for money. 
Good clothes aren’t cheap and can’t be with quality cloth, design and skilled manufacture content. Our clothes are not inexpensive, they are exceptional. Come in and see us.
Hours: Monday to Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-4.30, Sunday 12-4
Address: 108 Cuba Mall, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 384 6107
Email: info@mandatory.co.nz
Size Guide

The table below sets out garment sizes that correspond to each other and regularly fit together. Eg. A size Medium guy typically fits a 39 or 40 cm neck dress shirt, a 96 or 100 cm chest jkt, an 88cm dress/casual pant, and this will correspond to good brand jeans as  33 inch (there are a few dodgy sized 32” sold elsewhere these days confusing the issue!) 

Medium can be the hardest area to define as guys can be on the smaller or bigger side of this. Buying dress shirts; collars and neck sizes are absolute, but brands can vary in roominess, length etc. Please enquire, we stock a variety of brands and styles to cover shape and taste below the neck!

Our top sizes are considered to be good fair standard sizes and a Medium guy fits our medium casual shirts, tees and jackets generally without issue.

Our trou sizes are true to measurements. Due to our extensive involvement in tailored wear where centimetres matter, we are not generous with our waists. Ease is added to allow for pants sitting low but neat. The table is a good guide to what is likely to work on a guy whose frame is fairly in proportion.