By now you’ve heard of renowned NYC haberdasher Freemans Sporting Club, but you probably haven’t heard of their secret bespoke suiting studio...
Usually only discussed in hushed tones among the well-informed—and well-dressed—the studio is hidden behind a faux bookcase upstairs, somewhere above their eponymous restaurant (sorry, we can’t tell you any more than that). Concealed within: a menswear dream world of bench-made bespokery, cigars, scotch and a master tailor ready to make you a fully canvassed made-to-measure suit.
The gents at Freemans spent nearly a year perfecting this 7 oz tropical wool American-made suit in the requisite shade of charcoal gray—and it’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect, including a fully canvassed jacket. Since it’s a custom deal, you’ll have to be in NYC to meet with FSC’s on-premises master tailor in their bespoke studio... hidden behind an upstairs bookshelf in their eponymous restaurant.
Businessweekdropped a minor bomb last week with a piece titled, “Where J.Crew Shops for Ideas.” The answer, surprisingly enough, seems to be Freemans Sporting Club and Steven Alan. We’re fans of all three—and also fans of squashing beef—but the whole piece seems to be under the impression that a retail style is the kind of thing you can just copy, like a haircut or a term paper. Not quite...
After carrying the flag for the Urban Lumberjack look (and, before that, the Urban Equestrian look), Freeman’s Sporting Club has learned a few new tricks.
To start with, they’re locavores. Their newly launched e-commerce site marks items by how close to the NYC shop they were stitched together. Usually, the answer is the garment district of Manhattan…but it’s nice to know for sure.
They’re also making a strong case for the one-button blazer with this irish linen number. It’s a sharp pattern, just rustic enough to keep you from being confused for a banker—but most of all, it’s as far from workwear as you can get.
So far we’re calling it Urban Gentleman, but we're open to suggestions.