“We don’t let anyone out of the door who isn’t wearing a well-fitting suit,” says Nish de Gruiter, the vice president of Suitsupply, a burgeoning suit brand disrupting the age-old market. Every employee in the shops attends suit school to learn the historic art of tailoring.
We met de Gruiter at the New York City Hudson Yards store, the behemoth mall known for its architectural jewel called The Vessel. Opened on Oct. 10, Suitsupply Hudson Yards—the sixth NYC location—is a 5,900-square-foot shop that houses the brand’s full collection of garments. They chose the position based on zip code research of their existing customers, thinking that bridge-and-tunnel commuters would find it conveniently located. With ten-minute tailoring options, you can drop your duds off on the way into the office and pick them up on the way home. Convenience is king.
We talked at length about suits and the lost art of tailoring, with de Gruiter noting, “If you love what you do, it will never bore you.” Your first suit should always be a basic suit that you can break apart for personality and different events. Choose a classic navy. The fit is key. To spot a great suit, look for quality construction. Here are his expert insights into purchasing your first suit as a newbie buyer. Look out for these ten indicators of quality.