Even the most unrepentant nudist will keep a few pieces of finery on hand for the occasional bar mitzvah or traffic-court date. Face social situations in nonbirthday suits with today’s Groupon to Top Hat & Tails in Maplewood. Choose between the following options:
- For $599, you get a custom suit package (a $1,198 total value) that includes:
- One fitted shirt (a $199 value)
- One Italian silk tie (a $100 value)
One suit (an $899 value)<p>
- For $699, you get a custom suit package (a $1,497 total value) that includes:
- Two fitted shirts (a $398 value)
- Two Italian silk ties (a $200 value)
- One suit (an $899 value)<p>
Horace Kinard, the progenitor of the 4,000-square-foot Top Hat & Tails, employs more than 20 years of experience in fine men’s attire to fashionably outfit shop clientele. Guests plot out their personalized apparel by nominating a color from the shop’s selection of black, navy blue, gray, or sharkskin, all hues that exude professionalism and detract from prominent dorsal fins. Suit stitchers then sew a two-button notch-collar suit made with merino wool and pair it with one or two matching Italian silk ties and fitted button-down shirts to produce a complete formal outfit ready in two weeks.
Top Hat and Tails
Customers may walk into Top Hat and Tails as mere men, wearing jeans that sag off the waistline or scuff against the floor. But they leave as gentlemen, sporting fine men’s clothing and formalwear tailored to a T. Co-owners Brian Berry and Horace Kinard—who has been haberdashering for 20 years—take measurements onsite and alter in-house to drape dapper gents in fine suits, ties, tuxes, custom shirts, and shoes. A seasonally rotating catalog of styles from Calvin Klein, Joseph Abboud, and Oscar de la Renta elevates the elegance of invitees to weddings, dances, or black-tie balls. As Berry told Maplewood Patch in 2011, “We’ve had everything from Sweet Sixteens to every other formal event you can think of,” including musicians from the Philharmonic, who presumably came in to replace their glockenspiel's torn cummerbund.