Tom James Blog

The Case for Dressing Well, Post Covid

How we'll return to our growth - and our senses.

By: Michele Stephens, Director of Marketing
July 13, 2020

We’ve been there before. It was 2007. The market was an all-time high (then, at just 14,164 points). The US Unemployment rate was 5 percent and the net worth of American households stood at $69 trillion. Just two years later, the Dow plunged to 6547 points…a drop of more than 50%! The US unemployment rate hit 10% for the first time in a quarter century and housing foreclosures reached...  Read More ►

How to Look Good on a Virtual Call

Make the Right Impression By Dressing the Part

By: Michele Stephens, Director of Marketing
April 7, 2020

WFH – Work from home. It’s our new norm, right? The wise company has pivoted its face-to-face interactions to virtual and our new normal now means we are inviting our co-workers and clients into our homes.  Are you ready? With a little planning and forethought you can make this pivot without sacrifice. When you consider your commute just got cut to :15, you might embrace those adv...  Read More ►

Why This Suit Salesman Loves "Dress For Your Day" Part I

By: Tim Cornell, Clothier
March 17, 2020

I sell clothing. I have for 15 years. A big portion of the clothing that I've sold is made up of suits and sport coats. Over the last few years I’ve seen a change in plenty of my client’s dress codes. People forward me articles frequently about the clothing changes we see in the workplace. I’ve realized while certain people in my industry might be running for the hills I’m...  Read More ►

5 Cornerstone Elements of Building a Professional Wardrobe

By: Zach Trimble, Clothier
February 11, 2020

Your professional wardrobe influences how you are perceived by clients, partners, and employees. A wardrobe anchored in cornerstone suits, jackets, trousers, and shirts, creates a memorable distinction to your image. When you wear high-quality fabrics perfectly fitted to your body, others notice that every element has been carefully considered. Your jackets are tailored to provide a flawless silho...  Read More ►

What Is Power Dressing?

How Power Dressing Can Improve Your Performance at Work

By: Sterling Woerner, Clothier
February 11, 2020

Power dressing is achieved by wearing high-quality fabrics perfectly tailored to your body with carefully chosen accessories that result in a cohesive look from head to toe. Combined, these elements display a mastery of your wardrobe.  While the term ‘power dressing’ became popular in the 1980s when stockbrokers and salespeople were glorified by Hollywood, the concept goes back mu...  Read More ►

How to Recognize a Perfect Fit for Your Professional Clothing

5 Ways to Tell Your Clothes Fit Properly

By: Zach Trimble, Clothier
February 10, 2020

If you’re like most men, you believe your professional wardrobe fits well enough, but doesn’t impress others or enhance your image. You never receive compliments about your attire, reinforcing your apathy toward your wardrobe. In fact, you may even believe that you will never achieve a perfect fit and assume your jackets will always bunch or your shirt collars will always be too snug....  Read More ►

How Much Did You Actually Spend on Your Clothing?

5 Reasons You're Overpaying For Your Clothes

By: Rebecca Garsys, Clothier
January 16, 2020

When we meet with new clients for the first time, we always ask about their closet. No, we’re not looking for skeletons. Instead, we seek a complete understanding of the clothing they need for their professional and personal lives. We ask about their wardrobe and style. What clothes fit the best? Which are their favorite outfits? What percentage of their wardrobe are they currently wearing?...  Read More ►

5 Ways the Tom James Experience is Different Than the Department Store

By: Rebecca Garsys, Clothier
December 13, 2019

The first time we meet with customers, they often ask, “What is the Tom James Experience?” We take great pride in answering this question. We explain that there are aspects of our personalized service which remain consistent across all our clients: convenience, high-quality fabrics, and custom clothing crafted to your exact measurements. However, the specific benefits our clients find...  Read More ►

Want to Look Great but Don't Have the Time?

By: John Talley, Director of Merchandising
December 13, 2019

Does this sound familiar: you walk into a department store looking for a suit for a specific occasion. Maybe you have an important business trip and your go-to navy suit is at the dry cleaners. Or maybe you have an upcoming speaking event and you realized your favorite suit looks a little worn. Perhaps you have recognized this gap in your wardrobe for a while and procrastinated until the last minu...  Read More ►

How to Choose the Right Fabric for Your Custom Suit

By: Herb Melton, Clothier
December 12, 2019

  One of the best ways to make a good first impression is with a beautiful, well-made custom suit because it is perfectly designed for your body. The lapel is gentle and firm at the same time, the collar perfectly contours to your neck, and the shoulders are hand-stitched to account for the slope of your shoulders. Once you’ve decided to embark on the journey of a custom suit and once y...  Read More ►


"Dan, I am so pleased, that I wanted to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the extremely capable and professional assistance you have provided in meeting my clothing needs. I have felt very comfortable with the suits and other clothing you have provided and appreciate your conscientious attention to detail. I look forward to our continued relationship. Thanks for everything!"

Custom Clothier Dan Hook

Dan Hook

Tom James of Seattle

"I've been wearing bespoke clothing for over 12 years now. I have been overwhelmed by the choices and the fabrics presented to me by my Fashion Goddess, Arianna Ferraro. She has really stepped up my game and it is so evidenced by the wide eyed looks and high compliments I receive on my suits, shirts, socks and ties."

Custom Clothier Arianna Ferraro

Arianna Ferraro

Tom James of New York
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