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Fitting Celebration

River North’s Nicholas Joseph celebrates a decade of making men look good.

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Nicholas Hansen, owner of high-end men’s clothier Nicholas Joseph, fetes 10 years of style this year.

“I’m a big fan of educating the client,” says Nicholas Hansen, owner of men’s clothier Nicholas Joseph, which is marking its 10th anniversary this season. “In the store, we’ll combine a whiskey tasting with a visit from a fabric expert. And we had an ad campaign that was a series of gentlemen’s rules, things like, the guy always gets in the taxi first.” And when it does come to the shirt on your back, Hansen, who started the business after a career as a tech consultant, practices the kind of go-slow approach that keeps customers coming back. “For a 30-year-old getting his first custom suit, we’ll suggest gray or navy and then later step into some subtle patterns. You don’t have to have tons of suits and sport coats. You just need the basics to look good.”

In late November, he celebrated with a showroom soiree at which guests got a gander at the best Nicholas Joseph offers: the Bespoke No. 10 Suit. Completely hand-cut and tailored, it exemplifies the company’s Made in Chicago service, which offers perfectly fit, expertly detailed suits in nonpareil fabrics from such mills as Ermenegildo Zegna.

But whether you’re in the market for a full business wardrobe or simply a custom shirt or two, Nicholas Joseph delivers. “This is all about giving guys what they need to feel confident and be successful without thinking about their clothing,” says Hansen. “It’s about helping them make that first good impression—and continuing to make a good impression.” 300 W. Grand Ave., 312.895.1577

HANSEN'S HOTS
Live music, Blackhawks, Art Institute of Chicago, Fulton Market Kitchen, Art Basel, sunsets, focus, textures, curiosity

HANSEN'S NOTS
Chiberia, sunless weeks, backpacks with suits—c’mon guys, we talked about this back in 2005!