By Matthew Hacke | Photographs by Michael Fornataro
For almost 80 years, Larrimor’s has catered to an array of clients in Pittsburgh with luxurious offerings of clothing and accessories for both men and women. Its made-to-measure program for men’s suits has been around for just as long, helping sharp-dressed men create the perfect suit to fit their wants and needs.
Tom Michael, president of Larrimor’s, says the made-to-measure service appeals to two specific customers. “Either they’re on the edges of the size scale — they might be more of a small or an XXL — and have trouble buying off of the rack, so they have it made,” Michael says. “Then, we have the customer who just appreciates the luxury of having the clothing made. So we’re catering to a very high-end niche for made-to-measure clothing,”
The process begins with the customer flipping through look books and swatches of the kinds of fabrics, linings, and even buttons that he may want. “After this, we take the client’s measurements and keep them on file for every suit he may want made thereafter,” Michael says. This will come in handy, as the special made-to-measure service is almost addicting to many customers. And understandably so — once you find “your own perfect suit,” it can be difficult to wear anything else!
The whole process takes about a month from the time you have the garment fitted and ordered to delivery. “After four weeks, it comes to the store and we finish it here,” Michael says. “If there are any tweaks that need to be done, we do it.” Larrimor’s does made-to-measure for five different lines available in-store, including: Canali, Zegna, Hickey Freeman, Isaia, and its own private label.
“We also do other custom menswear items, such as custom dress shirts, jeans, outerwear, sweaters, and knits,” says Michael.
Customers looking for made-to-measure can stop by during the one of the store’s 16 men’s designer suit trunk shows a year, or schedule an appointment and come in at their leisure. “By coming in for one of our trunk shows, you not only get expert advice from a brand representative, but you get a 10 percent discount as well, which is significant when you are spending over $1,000 on a suit,” says Michael. Save the dates for Larrimor’s upcoming trunk shows this month! Larrimor’s, 249 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.471.5732. larrimors.com
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