The president wore one of
Georges de Paris's suits to meet Queen Elizabeth.
Designers such as Burberry, Paul Smith, and Gucci are offering tailored menswear with contrasting piping, punchy linings, and modern fits, though the recent revival of custom tailoring shops has given men the means to design exactly what they are looking for. In Washington, superior custom boutiques range from those helmed by traditional tailors specializing in classic cuts to contemporary shops with bolder fabrics and spirited accessories such as polka-dot bow ties. Here’s a look at some of the District’s most recommended men’s clothiers.
Eric Finn Custom Clothiers
Owner Matthew Eric Landsberg takes pride in suits made entirely by hand. Loyal client Michael Hines, an associate at TTRSotheby’s International Realty, appreciates the original wardrobe staples, including his favorite blazer from the shop. “It’s a glen plaid yellow blazer with powder-blue lining,” Hines says. For fall, he’s looking forward to adding double-breasted suits to his wardrobe. 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 400, 202-232-3042
Field English Custom Tailors
Founded in 1968 by a former Savile Row artisan, this location offers a uniquely authentic British bespoke service. “I’ve been coming to Field since the early ’80s when William [Field II]’s late father ran the store,” says David B. RivkinJr., a partner at BakerHostetler, LLP. This fall, the shop offers made-to-order suiting, sport coats, shirting, and trousers in fabrics by exclusive European brands such as LoroPiana, Dormeuil, and Holland & Sherry. 2134 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-2222
Michael Andrews’s suits are modern with a trim fit and tapered shoulder. And Ben Chang, senior vice president for communications at the Albright Stonebridge Group, appreciates the location’s built-in bar. “I can walk into the studio and talk about whether to cuff or not to cuff suit pants, the NCAA tournament, bourbon versus rye, or US–China relations.” This October, Andrews recommends the newly arrived chalk stripes and micro-herringbone fabrics. 1604 17th St. NW, 2nd Fl., 202-350-9001
Georges de Paris
Specializing in the French tailoring style known as “moderneclassique,” Georges de Paris opened his namesake atelier in 1960. His suits feature a slim cut, narrow fit, and have been made for every US president since Lyndon B. Johnson. “President Obama wore one of my suits to his State of the Union address and to meet Queen Elizabeth,” says de Paris. Ali Talbi of the State Department also swears by the French tailor: “I’ve been going to Georges for 18 years.” 650 14th St. NW, 202-737-2134
“Louis [the owner] is very good at tailoring suits to fit,” says Michael Barone, senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner. “They make for some spectacular shirt, suit, and tie outfits.” This fall, Everard’s clients will be able to indulge in new Carrot & Gibbs printed bow ties, along with Stone Rose button-downs and handmade ItaloFerretti neckties and pocket squares exclusive to the boutique. 1802 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-298-7464