Style Connoisseur

If the Suit Fits

Richard Darakian of Milan Clothiers on timeless men’s style


A third-generation tailor, Richard Darakian started out as an apprentice in his father’s tailor shop. In 1998, he opened Milan Clothiers in Barrington, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. We talked about affordable custom clothing and how a suit isn’t always just a suit.

Tell us about Made to Measure, and the ways men can customize their suits.
Our custom business has grown significantly in the last several years. Instead of having a few choices in your size, you can choose from several hundred suits, sport coats, and shirt fabrics. After that you choose the fit, lining, and other options like lapels, pockets, vents, stitching, and buttons.

This makes the clothing uniquely your own. With your preferences in mind and my recommendations, we will come up with an outfit that you will enjoy every time you put it on.

It sounds great, but also expensive.
As in everything else, there are different levels of clothing. I have priced my custom suits, sport coats, and shirts the same as a high-quality ready-made garment. We will make you the best possible garments at a price range you feel comfortable with.

What are some tips for making a suit look truly polished?
At any price range, in order for a suit to look good, you have to make sure you get the correct fit for your body type. After that, the most important part is the tailoring. The right tailor will guide you and alter the suit to complement your physique. With the proper tailoring you can make an average suit look great. The better quality suit will retain its shape and look good for a longer period of time.

How can a man make a suit reflect his personality?
These days the suit is not a uniform like it used to be. You can wear it from the boardroom to a night out on the town. You can change the look of the suit by incorporating a casual shirt with or without a tie, a pocket square, a fun pair of socks, and casual shoes.

We hear you’re celebrating this year.
Since it’s our 20th year and in order to introduce our customers to custom clothing, we are offering a 20 percent discount on your first custom order.

Milan Clothiers
270 County Road, Barrington