A fitting gift

How do you surprise a man who has it all?

With something that’ll underscore his self-confidence time and time again — like the made-to-measure service at The Man’s Store, Neiman Marcus Westchester in White Plains. This stress-free offering allows clients to personalize their suits — and trousers, topcoats and sport jackets — according to taste and fit.

(Because every good man needs a good fit, right?)

And since it’s a one-stop shop for clothes and customizations, it eliminates the runaround.

“It’s the gift-giving item for the guy who has everything,” says Hannie Sio-Stellakis, the luxe retailer’s public relations manager. 

According to Peter Ebner, the store’s Ermenegildo Zegna specialist, there are two types of clients who seek the made-to-measure service — clients who simply want a suit made to their specifications, and clients with proportions that do not “suit” standard sizes. 

“When we suggest that we can make a suit for you,” Ebner says, speaking of the latter,  “all of a sudden, their eyes light up, because they’ve had this problem with getting suits to fit them and, now, here’s a solution.” 

Arriving at the store, the client first tries on suits in standard sizes to determine his preferred style and needs. Not all styles will work for every client as the structure of the suit cannot be modified in a way that alters the designer’s vision. That, however, shouldn’t be a problem with sleek creations by brands like Canali, Tom Ford, Hickey Freeman, Isaia and Zegna, which, Ebner says, is the most popular label — and truly one of a kind.

“Zegna is what’s known as a ‘vertical operation,’” Ebner adds, “‘vertical’ meaning that they make their own fabric, they sew their own fabric and, then, they sell it. (Zegna) not only makes its own fabric but has its own sheep, so they’re breeding their own fabrics.”

To personalize his suit, the client can select fabrics, colors, buttons, elbow pads and lining. (Each brand has seasonal swatch books.) Once the process is complete, the order is placed and slated to arrive within five to six weeks — costing about 8 to 10 percent more than an off-the-rack suit. 

To make the process more enticing, the store has a designated area dubbed the “men’s club room,” which includes a television lounge. Lucky ducks, eh?

Now, no matter the event, your gent can enter the store with a plan and leave with a solution — every time in the most efficient time.

So perhaps he’ll have a moment to pick up a little something for you, too. 

The Man’s Store is home to various clothing departments, including cashmere, sportswear, shoe and high-end designers. Neiman Marcus Westchester is in The Westchester at 2 Maple Ave., White Plains. For more, visit neimanmarcus.com.

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