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About Us

About Fosters

Foster’s Mensland is your local menswear retail specialist, stocking a wide variety of fashionable and stylish men’s clothing and accessories, as well as clothing for ladies, too. Foster’s two locations stock a full range of menswear, formal wear, casual clothes, shirts, jackets,  trousers, jeans, shirts, ties and shoes. 


It’s also your one stop shop for workwear that keeps you safe as well as looking good. Choose from hi vis shirts, jackets, jumpers, vests, pants, shorts, overalls, hats and accessories. Our friendly staff are always happy to assist so we invite you to come into either Ararat or Stawell to see the range for yourself. 


Spoil yourself, or maybe drop the hint you’d like something for Father’s Day, a birthday or Christmas. 


Looking the part was never this easy.

Our History

Four generations of family dedicated to quality and fashion


Foster’s Menswear in Ararat has been making local men, and more recently women, look their best for as long as anyone can remember.  


The Foster’s story goes back 110 years when William Foster rented a small single front shop and began operation as W.J.Foster Men’s and Boy’s Outfitter and Mercer.  And a tradition was born.


Later, William John purchased the old  “Starts Albion Hotel” six shops down, which he re-built as brand new double frontage shop. This move was the talk of the town.


In 1937, William John handed the running of the business to his sons Jack and Robert (Bert), who continued as partners until 1963. Bert part gifted/part sold his share of the business to Jack’s youngest son Ian, who had already been working in the business for five years.


Jack’s record of service spanned at least 65 years until he was well into his 80’s.


Ian, in turn, passed on his experience and the business to his son Graeme and wife Alana, who are the current owners of the business. 


Then after ninety years in Ararat, the Foster family expanded the business and its reputation with a retail presence in Stawell.


While the fashions may have changed Foster’s menswear is still dedicated to quality and service, and today stocks a wide range of men and ladies wear - as well as school uniforms, corporate apparel and much more. 


William Foster couldn’t have guessed his retail vision of 1910 would still be alive and well after all this time. He would be well pleased. 


Foster’s is also partnered with EmbroidAbility to cater for any and all embroidery requirements that you may have. The most common embroidery you’ll see include business or club logos, but EmbroidAbility offer a very wide range of print transfer options for your business, club, school or as a gift.


EmbroidAbility offers embroidery, branding and printing services in Ararat. Priding themselves on providing a personalised service with a fast turnaround, EmbroidAbility is also a Pinnacle Inc. enterprise that provides activities, programs and support employment opportunities for people with a disability.

Visit Embroidability

Bendigo Bank Agency in Stawell 

(Fosters Mensland)

138 Main Street, Stawell VIC 3380
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
(03) 5358 1137


We offer core day to day banking services, including deposits, withdrawals, opening accounts etc. with all transactions processed in “real time” meaning that customers can deposit to their account and access the funds immediately via Internet Banking etc. Cash and Cheque withdrawal limits do apply. Proceeds of cheques will not be available until cleared.