Carla Cri­m­in­isi

The Hamilton Spectator - - Go - Sh­eryl@sh­eryl­ Spe­cial to The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor

When Carla Cri­m­in­isi as­sesses a client for a sin­gle suit or an en­tire wardrobe, she con­sid­ers more than just his size and the styles that al­ready hang in his closet.

She tries to get a sense of his per­son­al­ity, too. That way, it’s not about putting a trend­ing look on the client, she says, but about find­ing pieces that truly rep­re­sent that per­son and what they’re about.

“Yes, you can put a look to­gether and put that on any­one,” says Cri­m­in­isi, who launched her men’s styling and per­sonal shop­ping ser­vice Charles and Hunt in 2015. “But to be able to get to know that per­son, have con­ver­sa­tions with them about what they like and what they don’t like and the sort of quirks that they might have, it’s fun to dress them the way that they would want to be dressed. A more el­e­vated look.”

Which is why you won’t see mu­si­cian Tom Wil­son strut­ting the run­way at this year’s Glam­our in the Ham­mer in a suit be­fit­ting an English prince, but rather in one ap­pro­pri­ate for a Hamil­ton rock legend. His Cop­p­ley three-quar­ter-length black velour top coat “will be very rock ‘n’ roll, very cool,” says Cri­m­in­isi.

And her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cop­p­ley to dress Hamil­ton celebrity mod­els in­clud­ing Wil­son, for­mer Hamil­ton Tiger-Cat and cur­rent CEO of the Cana­dian Elite Bas­ket­ball League Mike Mor­reale, co­me­dian Eric John­ston, Hamil­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent and CEO Keanin Loomis, as well as oth­ers, was a nat­u­ral fit.

“The fact that they are lit­er­ally two blocks away is so fan­tas­tic,” says Cri­m­in­isi, who moved her of­fice and show­room into the Lis­ter Block two years ago.

“I’ve been ap­proached by other made-to-mea­sure and cus­tom suit man­u­fac­tur­ers, but re­ally Cop­p­ley has pre­vailed over all of them be­cause the turn­around time is seven to 14 busi­ness days, which can­not be beat.

“It’s not be­ing sent over­seas, you know you’re get­ting a qual­ity gar­ment that’s made right here in Hamil­ton and the ma­jor­ity of the fabrics, the wools, are from Italy. So they’re high qual­ity gar­ments pro­duced right here.”

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