Well Suited


Seth Vaughan
January 14, 2014

Gents, prepare yourself for the shop you’ve been looking for. Amsterdam-based Suitsupply makes its Houston debut this month above Tootsies in the West Ave shopping complex. The brand’s comprehensive inventory conveys a seamless enthusiasm for natty dressing in the European vein. Don’t let the generic name fool you — brainchild of Dutchman Fokke de Jong, the concept is a haberdashery haven for men seeking on-trend but classical tailored suits, trousers and sports coats, topcoats, pea coats and eveningwear, as well as shoes, accessories, fine shirting, bags and casual separates in smart pinstripes, checks, plaids and herringbone, all incorporating fine wools, cashmere and Pima cottons. Prices are affordable, with most suits in the $800 range, and brogues, monk-strap and a myriad of other shoe styles hovering in the high $200s. Suitsupply’s onsite tailoring bar promises almost instant turnaround — astonishingly, the tailoring of any given garment is completed during one’s visit. Of note, too, is the brand’s penchant for inhabiting large, expansive spaces — the Houston locale is an impressive 5,700 square feet. I’m most excited by the contemporary cut of the clothing; the streamlined European silhouette is flatteringly form fitting. Started in 2000 while Jong was completing his law degree in Amsterdam, Suitsupply has an international presence in Milan, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, New York and Chicago, with Shanghai on the way, Houston marking the brand’s ninth U.S. brick-and-mortar opening. 2601 Westheimer at Kirby in West Ave, 713.999.9050, us.suitsupply.com.