MEA­SUR­ING UP

Guys go glam with cus­tom clothes

Where Washington - - INSIDER -

IN A TOWN filled with lawyers and lob­by­ists, it pays to have a snazzy power suit. Luck­ily, new cus­tom shops are help­ing gents on and off K Street dress to im­press. In uber-cool Shaw, stylish ex­perts at Read Wall’s hip show­room (above) of­fer up guid­ance (and bour­bon) to new­bies and ex­pe­ri­enced shop­pers alike. Choose suits that are “ar­ti­sanal” (fully cus­tom) or made-to-mea­sure (based on the brand’s stan­dard pro­file). Both styles are con­structed with the store’s all-Amer­i­can ap­proach in mind, from the “nat­u­ral shoul­der” tai­lor­ing to the fac­to­ries that stitch the fin­ished prod­uct. Can’t com­mit to a per­son­al­ized suit? Made-to-mea­sure shirts in­volve a less-in­ten­sive process with the same at­ten­tion to de­tail. And if time is of the essence, ready-made clas­sics like sup­ple Alden loafers, su­per-soft khy­ber-cloth club shorts and tex­tured silk-knit ties go a long way to­ward build­ing that dream wardrobe. 1921 8th St. NW, 202.733.1913

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