Yesterday, my father drove into New York City for the purpose of buying a customized suit. A petite man, he’s always had problems finding a suit his size at a regular retail store not to mention he still fits into the suits he had in the 1980s, so he believes that a new suit is unnecessary. But since the last suit he purchased was from 1986 and we have a couple of family events requiring a suit coming up in the next year or so, the time arrived for him to attempt a suit purchase.
One of his friends recommended that he check out Mohan’s, a customized clothing store specializing in suits, jackets, dress shirts, etc. You’d have to know that this store actually exists to go there as it’s located on the 14th floor of a high rise office building near Grand Central. The reviews of this store were spectacular – people raving about the wonderful selection, retail equivalent prices and great customer service. As my father had absolutely no sense of what he wanted or needed, he decided to recruit me for this store visit.
So after grabbing a slice of pizza on Third Avenue, we headed over to Park Ave and walked South from East 68th Street. It was Summer Streets, which meant that Park Avenue was restricted to bikers and walkers from East 72nd all the way down town from 9 AM until 1 PM. We managed to catch the tail end of this event which gave us a steady 10 blocks of vehicle free Park Avenue walking. We eventually arrived at the East 42nd Street building where Mohan’s was and went upstairs. We were greeted by KJ, the friendly salesman, who would take care of us for the next two hours.
KJ asked us what we were looking for and showed us several books of different fabrics. Some higher end than others. Suits with a high end fabric started at $1000 and there were some package deals available too where they’d throw in a couple of customized shirts as well (one package had 3 suits + 6 shirts for $1699 according to the website’s promotional page – also a great deal). Any sort of purchase this large automatically sends my father into a complete panic, but he was able to push through long enough to make a successful purchase. Who knew there were so many styles of collars, sleeves, buttons and fabrics to choose from? While my father got measured, KJ and I started chatting about pop culture after I told him about my blog. The Kardashians, The Housewives of New York City, Angelina Jolie vs. Jennifer Aniston and The Bachelor (he doesn’t watch!). I told him how the blog started out as one devoted to The Bachelor series but then evolved into relationships, lifestyle and day-to-day adventures. I never mentioned that I’m also a lawyer because who wants to hear about that?
Anyhow, my father ended up getting 2 suits, a more casual jacket and 2 shirts. The friend that referred him bought 3 suits for about half the price my father spent, so now my father is second guessing himself. I tried to convince him that maybe it has to do with the quality of the fabric he chose, but he’s having a bit of buyer’s remorse. I’m sure once he sees these suits and tries them on, he’ll feel a lot better.
Anyhow, if you’re in the market for a new customized suit, go see KJ at Mohan‘s. He knows what he’s talking about. It takes about 4 weeks for the suit to come in but they’ll do shipping too.
On a separate note, today is my parents’ 45th wedding anniversary. How crazy is that? And we realized this morning that exactly one year ago, we drove down to New Jersey to pick up Wally and bring him home. How on earth have we kept this guy alive for an entire year? It’s a miracle! Hope you all enjoyed your weekends.