ABOUT BROOKLYN TAILORS
In 2007, Daniel and Brenna Lewis founded Brooklyn Tailors with a simple mission: to create the suit that Daniel could never find – one that combined the traditional hand-craftsmanship of European tailoring with a modern cut that embodied the forward-thinking spirit of New York City's underground artistic subcultures.
Starting out by taking custom appointments out of their small apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, word-of-mouth helped attract an ecclectic group of Brooklynites. By 2008, with the help of coverage from national and international publications, word spread quickly and Brooklyn Tailors was soon broadening its scope beyond Brooklyn and beyond custom suits. That year, the brand introduced its first off-the-rack collection of suits, shirts and neckties, selling products online and through wholesale partners in the USA and Japan. In 2009 they opened their first retail location in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Setting up shop in South Williamsburg, an area with no tailoring shops or high-end boutiques, but home to artists, musicians, chefs, and writers, was illustrative of Brooklyn Tailors’ unique place within that artistic community. GQ Magazine put it to words in 2014 when they dubbed Brooklyn Tailors “Tailors to the Creative Class.”
As they built and expanded on that community of devotees, they stuck to their original goal of creating suits, shirts, and other tailored essentials that match the tastes and needs of the modern man. The Brooklyn Tailors collection is about being an individual – never wearing a uniform. Whether their clothes are worn on stage, in the office, or walking down the aisle, they should make one say, “I’m wearing this suit because I want to, not because I have to.”
With that sense of purpose, Brooklyn Tailors has grown to be established fixture in New York City and a top destination for menswear worldwide. In 2014, Daniel was named Best New Menswear Designer in America by GQ Magazine. In 2017, their shop was named one of the Best New Stores in America by GQ Magazine. Around that time, Brooklyn Tailors expanded its purview and began curating a collection of products from other designers. Today, in addition to their own collection, Brooklyn Tailors stocks approximately 20 brands from around the world, many of which are hard to find anywhere else in the United States. Names include some of menswear's finest including Ettinger, Fujito, Orslow, Joseph Cheaney, and Harley of Scotland.
In 2021, the brand moved its address once more, introducing a by-appointment studio space in Williamsburg. At this new home, customers can come to be measured for a custom suit or shirt, while shopping the array of ready-to-wear collections on offer.
While much has changed over the years since Brooklyn Tailors began, much has remained the same. Brooklyn Tailors continues to embrace its identity as a small, independent business. As a team of only three people, the opportunity to serve our loyal group of customers never stops being rewarding.