Once upon a time (in 2008), the By Robert James Lower East Side boutique was a 200-square-foot cubby on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side, known as a small but well-stocked store for gentlemen who wanted Americana duds made locally. But in the last three years, Robert James’ super well-tailored dress shirts, blazers and trousers have attracted such a following that the shop couldn’t help but expand. And tomorrow the doors will open on a three-floor, 3,500-square-foot retail space, complete with a design studio featuring a rolling library ladder and 300-year-old barn-wood shelves.
New heritage items like four-button shirts and elbow-patches are a-plenty, but the real gem of BRJ is the top-notch tailoring. Suits can be made to custom fit thanks to an on-site tailor, and private appointments can be scheduled for more discerning clients. Which is great, because the last thing this city needs is more well-meaning dudes clad in ill-fitting suits.
Swing by the By Robert James opening party tomorrow night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 74 Orchard Street (between Broom and Grand) to check out some of the suiting and casual wear, plus $40 off shirts and deals galore on suits.