Many people around the country know that the city of Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy; what they don’t often know is that the number of offices and businesses in downtown Detroit is at some of its highest numbers in decades. With many recent college graduates and millennials finding work in the corporate sector of Detroit’s booming financial district, looking your best has never been more important. Here are a number of places in the Motown area where men can go to buy a new suit to help them look their best.
Joe Porter’s Men’s Wear
2645 Gratiot Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207
At Joe Porter’s Men’s Wear, located along historic Gratiot Avenue in downtown Detroit, you can be sure you’ll be given the best customer service around by a local, small business. With many of the top name brand suits available in a number of sizes, from Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Sean Jean and Ralph Lauren, you know you’ll be finding the best suit and tailored attention that your money can buy. Joe Porter’s specialty is Italian men’s fashion and its stylists will help you find the perfect look for the office.
Alexander’s Custom Clothiers
124 W. Main St.
Northville, MI 48167
In Northville, located in the affluent northwest suburbs of Detroit, is one of the area’s most highly touted men’s tailors and purveyors of suits and business clothing. Beginning with his grandfather’s clothing business more than 80 years ago, Alexander’s family has been in the men’s fashion world in the Motor City area for quite some time. That longevity has helped to build a reputation for excellence and exquisite service over many years. From the Brazilian cherry wood floors, cozy fireplace, large plasma TV and plush leather sofas that help make clients feel at home, to the attention to detail exercised by Alexander himself, you can’t miss when looking for a suit from Alexander’s.
1247 Broadway St.
Detroit, MI 48226
This downtown Detroit institution has been one of the city’s top destinations for men’s wear for over 30 years. Pepper, the store’s proprietor, knows that her store has a reputation for providing residents and visitors alike with the top selections in suits, including the likes of comedy legend Steve Harvey. Some say that Harvey was inspired to create his own clothing line by The Broadway’s wide selection of quality suits, and now Harvey’s line is among many of the top brands that The Broadway is proud to carry. If you’re looking to add a bit of color and “kick” to your suits, this Motown locale is sure to help fit your bill. New merchandise is added weekly, so continue to check the website regularly for updates.
2944 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Since 1943, this family-owned men’s clothing store has specialized in suits and tuxedos for the Detroit man with discriminating tastes. Just because the store has been located in the same location since its opening certainly doesn’t mean that anything about Chelsea’s is old-fashioned. With the newest and trendiest styles always available, from Fossil to Kenneth Cole, and some of the most knowledgeable staff in the area, there’s little doubt that this Metro-based operation will be here for many more years to come. Also, with one of the best customer loyalty programs in the business, regular customers never feel the need to shop anywhere else since they’re certain they are always well taken care of at Chelsea’s.
Hot Sam’s Quality Clothes
127 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
This Motor City legend has a new home in the swanky and upscale new Compuware building in downtown Detroit and business is booming. At the heart of Detroit’s new financial district lies Hot Sam’s Quality Clothes, which brings its reputation from its old location in the inner city to the fresh and vibrant area of downtown. With top-of-the-line suits and all of the accessories to match, Hot Sam’s will make sure you look your absolute best for that high-end business occasion. And what could be more convenient than stopping right after work to check out a new suit already near your office? With an ultra-modern atmosphere and informed staff to boot, Hot Sam’s has proven that it will be helping to clothe Detroiters well into the future at its new location.
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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.