Ten years ago a young Dutch entrepreneur named Fokke de Jong had some suits made by a local tailor and started selling them out of the trunk of his car. Today, that idea has grown into the globally recognized fashion label Suit Supply.
When it was time to expand the business to America (Suit Supply already had 40 stores across Europe) CEO Jong reached out to his old friend Nish de Gruiter – an ambitious entrepreneur and hustler who was quickly climbing the ranks at esteemed Brunello Cucinelli.
Today, Nish is the Vice President and creative force behind Suit Supply, and business is booming.
“I refer to myself as the Market Maker at Suitsupply, as I’m not a big fan of titles. After my study at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute I worked at Brunello Cucinelli in Solomeo, and then moved to New York for Cucinelli where I spent many years in visuals and styling. During that time, I discovered it was possible to make great garments that didn’t cost a fortune. As for my personal style, I’m drawn to the unexpected – I don’t want to wear what every other guy is wearing.”
Here Nish gives us a taste of some of his favorite pieces for Spring.
1. Early Spring Layering
“The design team really outdid themselves with this parka–one of my favorites from the whole S/S ’13 collection. It has a slim fit and is long enough to cover your suit jacket if you’re wearing one–which I usually am.
I see guys all day long wearing outerwear that doesn’t cover their suit jacket and it looks sloppy.
You can bet I’ll be wearing this a lot this Spring when the rain hits.”
“I personally cannot own enough denim shirts. With an outfit like this it shows the off-duty appeal.”
“Can’t forget the shoes in this look, either. These kiltie loafers are phenomenal. I’ll wear them with a sharp navy suit to give the look a punch or with something casual like this on the weekends.
They’re unique, yet very sophisticated—not what you’ll see on everyone else… that’s kind of the theme we go for.”
- Aviator shades by Ray-Ban
- Everything Else by Suit Supply