Meet the bespoke tradition: the Australian designer who brings some class to your hi-vis

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Meet the tailor-made tradition: the Aussie financial expert preaching to miners wearing stylish hi-vis suit jackets – so would YOU rock the workplace in one?

  • The grandfather became a fashion icon for his tailored hi-vis jackets
  • He had them made by hand in Bali after sketching the design for a local tailor
  • Each costs less than $100 and he’s inundated with requests to buy them
  • He wears them while providing financial advice on mining sites across Australia

A well-known tradie’s tuxedo has turned a Western Australian grandfather into a fashion icon.

Rob Glenn, 57, from Mandurah, set the internet on fire after revealing his custom fluorescent tuxedo suit jackets on the business platform LinkedIn.

The grandfather of four and father of three got the stylish threads put up when he sketched the design for a tailor in Bali.

His work wardrobe is filled with three sets of jackets in bright blue, yellow and orange, after he supplied the tailor with special fabric to keep costs under $100 each.

Rob Glenn, 57, from Mandurah, (pictured) set the internet on fire after revealing his custom fluorescent tuxedo suit jackets on the business platform LinkedIn

Now the mining finance consultant is causing a stir when he wears them, with matching shirts, to fly to mines across Australia.

“It was just for fun,” Mr Glenn told the Daily Mail Australia. “It was just a little fun.

“I have to wear (hi-vis) PPE when I travel to my sites, so I thought I could get some suit jackets made.”

The businessman runs a consulting firm that advises miners on how to find financing, but he will be on mining sites as often as in boardrooms.

And while he wears a regular suit to city meetings, he often travels through airports in his hi-vis tuxedo to fly in and out of my works.

“You get a combination of reactions — some people try to ignore it and pretend they haven’t seen it, while others laugh… and some just roll their eyes,” he admitted.

“I get some interesting looks at the airport. One mine manager even asked if he could borrow the hi-vis jacket to get married in.

“Wouldn’t it just make the classic Australian bogan wedding, getting married in hi-vis?”

Grandfather of four and father of three got the stylish threads put up as he sketched the design for a tailor in Bali

His work wardrobe is now filled with three sets of jackets in bright blue, yellow and orange, after he supplied the tailor with special fabric to keep costs under $100 each.

The grandfather of four and father of three got the stylish threads put up when he sketched the design for a tailor in Bali. His work wardrobe is now filled with three sets of jackets in bright blue, yellow and orange, having supplied the fabric to keep costs under $100 each.

He added, “I actually had them made a few years ago, but it wasn’t until I posted them on LinkedIn that they went viral.”

Photos of Mr Glenn in his chic PPE went global and were seen by thousands, receiving rave praise from business leaders and traditions around the world.

“It was hilarious, but it’s my first and last foray into social media,” said Mr Glenn. “My family finds it downright embarrassing.”

His fashion masterpiece seems to have created a new market, but he says no one is willing to step up and meet the demand.

“A lot of people have asked me how to get one for themselves,” Mr. Glenn said.

“But you can’t go to Bali these days because of the lockdown and nobody in Australia seems interested in making them.

“I’m just saying go for your life if you can find someone to make them. There is an afterthought for someone to boot – but it won’t be me. I’m too old and too tired!’

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