Like a skeleton key or a battering ram, a nice suit can open a lot of doors. Enter with a bang with today's Groupon: for $650, you get a custom suit at Lombardo Custom Apparel (a $1,495 value).
A former weight lifter and rugby player, Jay Lombardo committed himself to flattering frames of all shapes and sizes more than 20 years ago, a feat that got his namesake custom clothier voted the 2011 Best Custom Clothier by readers of D magazine. Begin the suiting saga at a sit-down lifestyle analysis with an in-house expert, who consults with both male and female customers to help assemble a look that best matches their routine, personality, and crippling fear of cufflinks. After the meticulous fitting with an expert clothier, more than 5,000 fabrics, including the finest materials from Italy, are at each customer's disposal, a virtue that has drawn a pantheon of high-powered celebrity clients, and top athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.
Guests who swing by the suiting stronghold on Thursday evenings can also soak up refreshments and compare old wiffle-ball injuries during the shop's regular patio nights. Retro tunes and cigar smoke waft by on the breeze, and the shop's sleek interior regularly plays host to trunk shows and art by local talent.
Lombardo Custom Apparel
As a broad-shouldered former weightlifter and rugby player, Jay Lombardo understands all too well the struggles of finding a suit that fits. That's why for the past two decades, Jay has spent more time in the dressing room than the weight room, lifting industrial-sized boxes of sewing needles and outfitting men and women with the customized garments that made his shop—celebrating its 25th anniversary—2011's Best Custom Clothier according to D Magazine.
The shop itself exudes modern elegance, which also manifests itself in textile form as Jay and his expert staff preside over more than 5,000 fabrics retrieved from the same Italian looms that produce many of the world's fanciest clouds. Their one-on-one lifestyle analyses help design the perfect fit for each of their customers, who join a client list that includes Cowboys players and well-known politicians. When it's not being used as a polestar for sartorial style, Jay's shop hosts special events, including art exhibits and a weekly Patio Night.
Far North Dallas
17604 N Dallas Pkwy.
Dallas, Texas 75287