International tailor brings modern trends to Windsor

Lt.-Col. David Lafreniere (ret'd)
By Lt.-Col. David Lafreniere (ret'd) January 27, 2017 13:33
Lazaros Dimitriou owner of the The Suit Shop Co. Ltd. stands in the fitting area of his store on Erie St. E. in Windsor on Thursday, January 26,2017. Dimitriou who has worked for fashion houses in Europe and with Harry Rosen in Canada will host the grand opening of his custom tailor shop on Saturday (Photo by David Lafreniere)

Lazaros Dimitriou owner of the The Suit Shop Co. Ltd. stands in the fitting area of his store on Erie St. E. in Windsor on Thursday, Jan. 26,2017. Dimitriou, who has worked for fashion houses in Europe and with Harry Rosen in Canada will host the grand opening of his custom tailor shop on Saturday (Photo by David Lafreniere)

A custom tailor with experience working for some of the biggest fashion houses in Europe has set up shop in Windsor.

Windsor native Lazaros Dimitriou, 40, started his career working for fashion stores at Devonshire Mall. His work with Aldo International took him to Greece.

Dimitriou worked with major fashion brands and stores throughout Europe before returning to Canada.

“When you compliment someone’s body, not only do they feel more confident in the suit, they know it looks good,” said Dimitriou.

This is the philosophy behind Dimitriou’s custom suit experience. The owner of The Suit Shop Co. LTD. most recently worked for Harry Rosen’s Toronto flagship store in Yorkdale.

He moved to Windsor to be closer to his aging father. When he could not find work matching his level of experience, Dimitriou opened his own custom suit shop.

“Everything is going to a modern fit, which has always been a European fit,” said Dimitriou.

According to Dimitriou, North America adapted a more classic look. But men’s fashion houses like Tom Ford made it okay for men to be wearing more fitted clothing. This has created a demand for a more fitted, slim and modern look.

“It is all about not only good quality clothing, but good looking clothing. To make something good looking you have to tweak it and tailor it,” said Dimitriou.

A custom suit is tailored to the person, who has the liberty of picking everything out. The fabric, lining, colour, buttons, pockets, length of the jacket and the length of the sleeves can all be customized.

“It is a way for each individual to personalize something and show a little bit of the character and personality inside their garments,” said Dimitriou. “Some guys like having fun bright linings or under flock collars. In an off-the-rack suit you will get the default settings.”

A typical custom suit in Dimitriou’s shop costs around $1,000.

The goal is for a man to look good in his clothing. With that in mind, Dimitriou works on the idea of building relationships.

“The more you know about your customer the more you can help groom him for his everyday life,” he said.

The Suit Shop Co. LTD. is holding its grand opening on Erie Street on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Lt.-Col. David Lafreniere (ret'd)
By Lt.-Col. David Lafreniere (ret'd) January 27, 2017 13:33

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