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Suit Yourself Right: The Top Five Tailors In Philadelphia

Ever heard that phrase, "the suit makes the man"? Well, the men of Philadelphia are making their mark on the style scene. The streets of Philadelphia are filled with well dressed males who are taking cue from the style icons of late, such as the male cast of shows like "Boardwalk Empire" and "Mad Men." Many men of Philadelphia experiment with bold ties, pinstripes, stitching and pocket squares to give their look some personality and enlist the help of expert stylists at these five stores.

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Les Richards Menswear
Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 751-1155

Hours: Mon to Sat - 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun - 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Owner Les Schwartzberg maintains "old school values" when it comes to his specialty store in Center City. The store is expertly merchandised with a mix of suiting and accessories from designers like Hugo Boss, Kroon, Jack Victor, Haspel, Ben Sherman, BCBG and Ralph Lauren. This one stop shop will help you custom fit your suit with custom tailoring and wardrobe consultation from the knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Commonwealth Proper
1732 Spruce St., 1F
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 435-0809

Hours: By Appointment

Commonwealth Proper makes ready-to-wear and custom clothing for the contemporary gentleman. The custom garments can take four to six weeks to be completed, but rest assured: it's worth the wait. After one visit to Commonwealth's showroom on Spruce Street, you will immediately catch on to the modern gentleman vibe. Sip on a whiskey drink or help yourself to a cigar while you browse for the next addition to your wardrobe and get fitted for your handmade suit. The designers are dedicated to promoting timeless style with understated and personalized details. A custom suit can run you around $1,850, but the shop will also custom make shirts, pants, blazers and tuxedos.

Boyd's Philadelphia
1818 Chestnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-9000

Hours: Mon to Tues, Thurs to Sat - 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wed- 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A favorite of Philadelphia's most well-dressed men, Boyd's Philadelphia provides a boutique shopping experience in a department store venue. In business for 70 years, Boyd's offers free custom alterations by European tailors, on-staff fashion coordinators, and free valet parking. Boyd's offers a vast selection of designer suits from designers like Armani Collezioni, Ermenegildo Zegna, Halston, Lanvin, Canali, YSL, DKNY and Brioni.

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510 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA19102
(215) 545-2850

Hours: Appointment only

Distante is one of Philadelphia's premier men's specialty stores and has been outfitting modern men in stylish garb since 1983. Owner Charles Moretta has been called "the architect of style," and his staff pride themselves on making timeless, unique styles that are inspired by their clients. Distante offers an amazing selection of premium suits, sport coats, and accessories including bow ties, cuff links, pocket squares and more. Distante will also design a one-of-kind custom tailored suit that will be produced in its factory in Naples, Italy.

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Henry A. Davidsen, Master Tailors & Image Consultants
1701 Spruce St. 2nd Fl
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hours: Appointment only

This Rittenhouse Square shop is a destination for men seeking master tailors and image consulting, including celebrities like Danny Bonaduce, Ron Jaworski, James Van Riemsdyk, Peter Laviolette, Michael Barkann and Bernie Parent. Founded in 2006 by Malvern native Brian Lipstein, Henry A. Davidsen is a go-to place for expert styling and exquisite garments. Lipstein provides a gentleman's atmosphere that caters to men of all ages and wallets of various proportions. He has as many budget friendly options as he does expensive, so there is no excuse not to look your best.

Related: The Top Philadelphia Styles And Trends Of 2011

Michelle Conron is a freelance writer and a style and fashion enthusiast residing in Philadelphia, Pa. Her work can be found on on

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