The Suit Maker Whose Clients Include Jay Z and LeBron James | NY Times


By JOHN ORTVED

Harlem Haberdashery

Guy Wood, seated, at Harlem Haberdashery with, from left, Louis Johnson Jr., Guy Wood Jr., Sharene Wood and Kells Barnett. (Photo: Brad Ogbonna | NY Times)

The Notorious B.I.G. rapped about Coogi sweaters. But when he needed a suit, he went to Guy Wood. Since 1992, under the name 5001 Flavors, Mr. Wood has supplied custom-tailored suits and outerwear to a high-profile clientele that includes Jay Z, LeBron James, Fat Joe and Will Smith.

“Whatever you thought of, we could make come to life,” Mr. Wood said. “No longer did you have to run along and shop for something that didn’t exist.” In 2012, with family members and a friend, he opened Harlem Haberdashery, at 245 Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Boulevard). The store offers everything from richly brocaded suits to statement caps that read “Billionaire New York.”

Read more: The Suit Maker Whose Clients Include Jay Z and LeBron James | NY Times

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