Besides actually being Huey Lewis, nothing says "living the dream" like bespoke clothing, but the price tag's typically so astronomical you might as well custom-order your pants without pockets, seeing's how you've got no cash left to stuff them with. Go bespoke but not broke, with Nicholas Joseph.
Now run full-time by a guy who just quit his corporate consulting gig last week, NJ offers up custom suits, blazers, dress shirts, dress pants, and overcoats for wallet-friendly prices (suits start at $500, shirts at $125), reasonableness made possible through the use of three eminent specialty tailors living in not-eminent overseas countries. Your options start with 100+ summer fabrics just arrived from Italy, England, Spain, and the US (wrinkle-proof linen/cotton blends, cotton poplins, seersucker, lightweight-yet-textured wool "sharkskin"); you then consult on every garment detail (colors, lapel & pocket types, buttonhole colors...), after which they'll take two dozen exact measurements, plus shoot photos of you so the tailors can account for everything from shoulder slope to posture to semi-vertebrate lack thereof. Further detailing could include hidden vertical lapel pockets for BlackBerry-stashing, Rolex/Timex-adjusted cuffs, or, if you're a cop, measuring around your holster to conceal your Sipowicz side bulge -- because if they didn't, you might scare those poor criminals!
Now, the most interesting bit: send NJ any digitally scanned image, and they'll turn it into a pattern for your jacket lining -- though no one will have the power to love you when they see Huey Lewis's face staring back from the inside of your jacket.
Published: April 9, 2009 at 4:00am EDT
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