Custom Continental feat. Tito Hill

May 30th, 2013

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Tito Hill is a fellow style enthusiast and Columbia basketball alumnus. He’s lived all over the world, and his continental sense of style reflects it.

“I was born in Africa, raised in Germany and moved to the US in eighth grade. I spent the next five years living all over America, including Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles and San Francisco before moving to New York to play basketball at Columbia University. Post college, I spent 7 years in NYC working mainly in the financial services industry before taking a sabbatical in the woods of New Hampshire to get my MBA.

As for my style, I think it’s probably an amalgamation of all of those experiences. There is definitely a European influence…and some US prep too. It’s easy to navel gaze when it comes to style and let it drift too far north on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, but I do believe that style is an outward representation of your inner state.”

Like many difficult-to-fit athletes, over the years Tito has accumulated plenty of experience with custom clothiers and alteration tailors. He’s also come to accept the golden rule of menswear: quality over quantity. As you can see here, he invests in quality pieces that fit properly and will last the test of time, no matter where in the world he ends up.

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“Long arms are a blessing on the basketball court, but a curse when buying suits or shirts.

Carl at CEGO has been my go-to shirtmaker for years and I have spent many a late afternoon drinking Scotch and watching people as they pick out swatches.

First lesson of custom or MTM tailoring, DO NOT bring your spouse or girlfriend. There is a reason you visit these professionals…for their expertise.”

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I love the simplicity of Tito’s looks.

Less is more.

No socks, no pocket square, no crazy bracelets or lapel pins… The law of diminishing returns can apply to dressing confidently as well.

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The double-monk loafer has been all the rage lately.

This here is a case for the single-monk. A serious, beautiful, hand-made case.

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  • Blue Suit by Kent Wang
  • Lavender Dress Shirt by CEGO Shirtmaker
  • Purple Striped Tie by Altea
  • Watch by Sinn 103A
  • Brown Monk Strap Shoes by Berluti
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  • Re

    This was a great post. Would you happen to have recommendations for a similar style leather jacket?

  • Ty

    double break with the pants? Dude, roll those things up……sloppy!

  • Josh

    Hey TSB team, what do you think about light suede monk shoes with chino shorts? Cheers.

  • Colin

    Those Berluti’s in look #1 required a post-viewing change of undergarments.

  • Oliver

    I haven’t felt the need to comment on a shoot before but I absolutely loved this one. Classic pieces, perfectly tailored in a manner which is stylish without losing a masculine edge. Top class!

  • chris d

    Really great post. You featured someone with great taste+style. This drove home the point of realizing I need to alter more of my clothing. I’m similarly proportioned, but slimmer so I can’t fit a large in anything and a medium throws me in his boat (well fit but too short!).

  • http://dapperadvisor.tumblr.com Akil M

    Once again this is an outstanding post. I enjoyed all three looks but most importantly that custom made leather jacket. Although I will always be a fan of pocket squares and other accessories I really appreciated the first outfit because of the nonchalant yet elegant style it exudes.

  • http://undefined Vidal

    I really enjoyed this post. I always look for any features on athletic, tall or muscular guys because those are the most helpful to me, standing 6’8″ and over 3bills. You allude to Tito’s athletic frame and longer than average arms, but it is hard to even tell since everything fits him so well, and there is no point of reference or comparison in the pictures. He could be 5’7″ or 6’7″ but nothing gives it away, which is good, but out of curiosity, I would like to know his height etc.
    As always, amazing post!
    Thanks,
    Vidal

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Vidal. Tito is 6’4″

      • http://undefined Vidal

        Thanks for the reply Dan! That puts things more into perspective.

  • BF

    Good stuff here.
    I have a similar athletic build and sadly don’t have the patience or $$ to blow to get everything altered.

    • Brent Kuz

      Do a little here and there it is well worth it! Most places are pretty cheap especially if you build a good relationship with the tailor. The expense isn’t much and it is well worth the investment!

  • Gazman

    Love his ‘less is more’ philosophy. I see too many dandies on the web who just pile on the accessories as if too many is barely enough – and that includes so-called style icons like the Rubanacci and Elkan dudes. Its like: pocket square exploding out of pocket – tick; tie bar – tick; lapel broach – tick, spectacle frame hanging out of top pocket (even though they have 20/20 vision) – tick; scarf stuffed into hip pocket and hanging out – tick; fedora on head – tick; neck-tie tied in a moronic way with back blade hanging longer than front- tick; a dozen beady bracelets on wrist – tick…and on it goes. They end up looking like they should be in a circus.

    • http://www.perfectgentlemansa.blogspot.com Mxolisi

      Truth to power. Preach!!!

  • cam

    1st pic on 1st page is timeless…put that in black and white and you couldn’t pinpoint the decade…perfect

  • John

    Great tailoring on the suit. I’m glad he’s not wearing high waters like most of the features on here. And the pants are reasonably tapered. Not super skinny and tight like a lot of peeps.

  • TO

    Love the simplicity of his looks- it is obvious every item he wears is well curated. Great golf jacket in look number two.

    Really neat that he has had these unique clothing experiences, like the story behind that beautiful leather jacket. Kudos, Mr. Hill!

  • Ike

    That leather jacket is great. I looked up Teddy Boy Custom and it looks like its closed. Are there any other stores in NYC that you would recommend for custom leather jackets?

  • http://marcelvos.tumblr.com Marcel

    Might wel be the most stylish subject ever covered here…

    • Joseph

      Well, that depends. Do you count Dan as a subject?

  • Sergio

    This is AWESOME on so many levels. From the suit to the casual to the leather look screams him. Nothing looks forced and everything is on point!

  • John B

    I’m not really sure about that hat, but the leather jacket is perfect!

  • Blard

    Very clean style. I like it.

  • AK

    Hooooooly Hell. Those are some fantastic looks.

  • Jerome

    Phenomenal post, such confident dressing.

  • Simos

    After reading this post I feel the URGE to get my own custom made leather jacket! Damn you tsmen!

    Just kidding, Great job as always.

    Cheers!