“Dressing appropriately and cultivating a sense of personal style is directly related to confidence, success in the business world, and life in general.”
In my 45 years of retail clothing experience, I have learned that for both men and women; dressing appropriately and cultivating a sense of personal style is directly related to confidence, success in the business world and life in general. However, whenever I have pinned the Expert label on myself, I have inevitably found myself learning something new or seeing it from a different perspective…and promptly taken the label off!
The love and passion I have for what I do, began when I was a very young child, standing in front of the mirror with my Dad while he got dressed. From the fine clothing, down to the personal grooming, he was one of the sharpest men I’ve ever known. I learned at an early age the importance of presentation. I had no idea at the time I was being groomed to do what I love doing 40 years later.
Around 2011, I got involved in the clothing industry and a mutual friend advised me to connect with a gentleman simply known as Sofio. This friend said Sofio would be the perfect source of guidance and mentorship for someone like myself getting started in this business. So I did just that. And, I have to say my friend was not the least bit mistaken. But, little did I know, Sofio was also grooming me to end up right here in the mirror beside him at Suitability of McLean 5 years later. What I’ve learned most from both of these great mentors is – Fashion comes and goes, but style lasts forever!
At the impressionable age of 10, I recall watching the movie trailer for Casablanca. I became smitten with the image of Humphrey Bogart in what has now become his iconic look; the elegant classic suit, crisply starched shirt, and a handsome hat, either worn or in hand.
That impression was lasting and is still with me today. You might say it has become a lifelong obsession with all things that say elegant, classic, and rich in look and feel. A lustrous fabric for a bespoke suit, ornate weaves in Egyptian cotton shirts, exotic leathers for handmade custom shoes and perfectly fitting and individually styled hats all give that look and feel that Bogey brought to the screen.
Meeting Sofio two decades ago was another pivotal haberdashery life changer for me. In our conversations, we discovered that we both had an affinity for all things hand made. Through my travels, I have been privy to the finest craftsmanship available from many different countries. I came across several outstanding shoemakers and hatters, which we, at Suitability, have chosen to represent our quality standards and best price values. Our careful selection of these finely crafted custom-made items allows us to cater to our customer’s refined taste level, and the quality they expect. We at Suitability strive to provide for the total package for the well-dressed bespoke man, at an affordable price.