By Sharon Gittleman
BLOOMFIELD HILLS – If your wardrobe is packed with plaid shirts and pleated pants, you need to get yourself to L’Uomo Vogue without delay.
L’Uomo Vogue offers uncommon casual, business and formal wear for men who are serious about looking good.
“If you want to look like a cookie cutter like everyone else, go to the mall,” said store owner Michael Goldman. “When you want to be unique, set apart and look different, come to L’Uomo Vogue.”
Goldman said one of the biggest mistakes men make when planning their wardrobes, is not seeking advice from professionals who know how to put a great look together.
“They don’t get the proper guidance,” he said. “I think most men are intimidated.”
Hand-finished details, like work-functional buttonholes on sleeves, are one sign of quality clothing construction, he said.
“Shoulder expression is important,” he said. “I would put a more slender man in a structured shoulder. A soft shoulder would be for a man who’s well-built in that area.”
While you shouldn’t be surprised if you see a famous quarterback or movie star walk through L’Uomo Vogue’s doors, Goldman promises you’ll be treated as royally as this year’s Oscar nominee or gridiron hero.
“You can be Joe Schmoe janitor or the President of the United States and you’ll get the same amount of attention,” he said.
Staff members cater to customers’ needs, said Goldman.
“You can come by and say, ‘my budget is $3,500, I need some suits, ties and jackets. What can I do?'” he said. “I can design and create a wardrobe based on someone’s budget or someone’s needs.”
In most people’s eyes, your look is an extension of who you are, Goldman said.
“When you see an Armani suit on someone, you can spot them across the room,” he said.
At L’Uomo Vogue, you’ll find everything from Etro’s multi-striped Italian cut sport shirts made with an English flair, to Roberto Cavalli fashions designed for fall-winter 2005.
“Someone can come in and say I’m looking for a bar suit and we put them in Dolce & Gabbana and they’ll look hot,” he said.
L’Uomo Vogue isn’t just a suit and tuxedo store, Goldman said.
“You’re shopping a specialty boutique, where we can offer you a special look,” he said. “We carry accessories from soup to nuts.”
You’ll find over 150 styles of shoes at the store, from Ferragamo to handmade Testoni shoes, Goldman said.
L’Uomo Vogue also carries the complete Art of Shaving line, including razors, creams, and skin and hair care products, all created with natural ingredients.
Clothing and accessories aren’t the only luxuries you’ll discover at the store. Same day tailoring is one of the extras provided to L’Uomo Vogue customers.
“I’ve had people who’ve come in for out of town weddings and their suitcase is lost,” he said. “A department store won’t cater to an individual like a specialty store will.”
While the garments are sumptuous, Goldman said you’ll make your choices in a relaxed, casual atmosphere where you’ll discover clothing that is a true extension of your own personal style.
“It can improve your confidence 20 times,” he said.