About Us

Meet the team at Rodger Bartholomew

If you're in Canberra and looking for an affordable, high quality, well-fitting suit, you can stop searching.

Canberra City Menswear

Canberra Menswear Specialists

Rodger Bartholomew opened its Civic store in the Canberra CBD in the late 1950’s. The store moved from its original location in Kingston in 1954. Founded by Rodger Swan and Bartholomew Crowe, the Rodger Bartholomew menswear store continues to provide high quality menswear, the finest suits, fabrics and accessories to men of all ages.

David Swan


David is son of Rodger Swan, one of our original founders. David began working in menswear in a part-time capacity while finishing his schooling.

David has managed Rodger Bartholomew since 1990. David understands the Canberra fashion/retail market. David has coordinated Rodger Bartholomew’s involvement in such local springtime events as “Fashions on the Field” at Canberra Thoroughbred Park.

Drop in a see David for a new winter coat, a pair of Loakes or advice with your footy tips.

Christopher J Powell

Master Tailor

Commencing his vocation in the fine dining industry, Christopher was to regularly meet gentlemen wearing designer garments made from some of the world's finest fabrics and cloth.

It was during this first decade where he developed a clear understanding of style and quality in menswear. This was not missed by the owners of Rodger Bartholomew, who recognised these traits in Christopher, and promptly recruited him. For the last ten years Christopher has worked as Rodger Bartholomew's master tailor, lead designer and custom-clothing specialist..

Christopher delivers a truly personalised experience, specialising in custom designed, perfectly fitted suits, shirts and coats for business, weddings, and formal events.

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Historical photo: Garema Place (Roger Bartholomew's corner) - Civic
Garema Place (Roger Bartholomew's corner) - Civic

Back in the 1950s Garema place looked a lot different than it does today. Visit this photo’s resource page on  the  Canberra and District Historical Society’s website to  view more information about the photo.

Fabrics of the World

The most premium selection of globally sourced fabrics including Dormeuil, REDA, Harris Tweed, Holland and Sherry

Bespoke Tailoring Canberra
Bespoke Tailoring

Create a suit to your own taste and style. Choose fabrics and linings. Customise style options for lapels, buttons and finishings.

Designer Suit Deals

Our relationships with designers and suppliers allow us to secure great deals for our loyal customers.