Bespoke Design Details by Hall Madden
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DC Client in Custom Suit
Washington, D.C.'s Best Menswear Designer
an interview with Claire Butler, Washington, D.C.'s Lead Fit Specialist
What’s your background in menswear?
My experience in menswear began with my tenure at Polo Ralph Lauren. During my 6 years with the company, I worked on Blue Label and Black Label brands for product categories including woven shirts, roughwear and outerwear. Working for such a large and iconic company, gave me the opportunity to experience textile sourcing and production from all over Europe and Asia. The design and quality driven brand principles were embodied in the artisanal development of beautiful and luxurious raw materials.
What are some common mistakes guys make when selecting a suit in terms of fit?
I find that a lot of younger men want to be on trend with a slimmer, more modern cut in their suits. The mistakes becomes evident when the cut is too extreme. They lose the timeless appeal of the suit and cross over into wearing a suit that simply is too tight and too small for their body.
What are some of your favorite fabrics for suits?
Any fabric with cashmere! Even the smallest percentage of cashmere blended into a fabric instantly elevates the elegance factor. Cashmere is lightweight, breathable, warm and creates a lush hand feel for any garment.
What are three key tailored clothing pieces that should be in a guy’s wardrobe besides the classic dark worsted wool suit?
First, a great fitting navy blazer is a versatility piece for any man's wardrobe. Wear it with jeans, chinos, or grey trousers for a more casual day at the office or weekend wear. It's a garment any guy will go to grab out of his closet time and time again.
Next, a beautifully tailored white shirt. A white shirt can be worn as a separate for more casual wear or under any color suit. Well tailored shirts always enhance the look and fit of a suit jacket, while also maintaining a polished silhouette when a man removes his jacket.
Finally, for a colder climate like D.C., a classic and well-fitting overcoat is essential. An overcoat constructed from quality materials, such as cashmere or alpaca, will withstand harsh elements and frequent wear. It is the piece that encompasses fit, style and functionality to complete his look during colder months.
Why Hall Madden?
A team of truly knowledgeable and supportive people who strive to make all our clients look and feel amazing. Hall Madden is a company with office locations in major cities across the country, yet the culture is that of a close and encouraging family. It is truly a unique and wonderful experience. I also took this position very seriously because of the year long training I undertook and the apprenticing factor.
What’s your thoughts on men’s style in DC?
The general style of D.C. men is classic and understated. The color palettes are more muted and reserved. The men of D.C. do put an emphasis on their style and outward appearance; they want to look good. Classic, yet refined is what D.C. men's style is all about.
To learn more about the Washington DC fit studio or Book a fitting please visit our DC page.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Custom men’s clothier Hall Madden expands its private appointment services to its sixth national fitting location and opens at 1608 20th Street, 4th floor in the heart of D.C.’s Dupont Circle district on March 1, 2018.
Leading the new Hall Madden fit studio, Claire Butler has an extensive background in fabrics expertise working for companies such as Ralph Lauren and Nike in their fabrics department. Like Claire, all Hall Madden fit specialists use their fashion expertise to guide clients in their style and design choices.
“Washington, D.C. has always been an obvious choice for us after many successful trunk shows. We are excited to finally offer the Hall Madden experience that our clients in the D.C. area deserve,” Co-Founder McGregor Madden said.
Hall Madden began revolutionizing the menswear industry since its launch in 2010, with locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Portland. Hall Madden custom designs massively reduce waste with no off-the-rack options, unlike their fast-fashion and traditional competitors, allowing the brand to provide clients with garments at a much lower cost than traditional off-the-rack luxury. Perfecting each suit with a three-step fitting process, clients leave with one-of-a-kind pieces that will last a lifetime.
About Hall Madden
Hall Madden provides its clientele with custom-made suits, tuxedos, shirts and blazers with a perfect fit guarantee as the nation’s best custom-clothing company for men. All appointments are private, one-on-one consultations to provide personalized service to each client.
Hall Madden uses fabrics from premiere Italian luxury mills, including Loro Piana, Ermenegildo Zegna and Vitale Barberis Canonico. Suits are available in 5-7 weeks and clients have an array of customizable options to make it their own unique piece, with a fit designed specifically for them.
Our first trunk show of the year for Washington, D.C. is coming soon.
- When: afternoon Saturday Jan 6th thru morning Monday Jan 8th
- Where: Kimpton Hotel Palomar DuPont Circle, 2121 P St NW
It's your chance to see seasonal fabrics from Loro Piana and our latest swatches from Solbiati. Fittings will be conducted by Kiyoshi, the lead Chicago Fit Specialist.
New and returning clients are both welcome -- by appointment only. Schedule a time below or simply call us at 872-228-9910.