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.
1. Custom Business Solutions
“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.”
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.
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.
- 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