Interview with Ari Freed

The Business School of Style caught up with Freed’s of Windsor owner, Ari Freed, to discuss how the style of today’s suits differ from those of years past, and why staying up to date is important when dressing for success.

Business School of Style: Why should young professionals wear tailored suits?

Ari Freed: “Does anyone remember The Dick Van Dyke show? The fit of today’s suits are as tapered as the ones Dick wore back in the early 1960’s. Many items of today’s men’s wardrobes are quite slim and fitted in men’s fashions. In men’s clothing, particularly suits, have never been trimmer and slimmer. Your look should match your demeanor and body type and you should be dressed properly to ensure looking your best and dressing for success in representing the company you work for.”

B: What are qualities you should look for in a good tailor?

A: “If someone buys a suit off the rack at Freeds, the goal is to find the customer the best quality suit at the best price that will best suit their needs. In most stores the tailor is just one person involved in the sale. The tailor can really be your guide  to a great fit and providing outstanding alterations to your suit purchase. However, several others may play an important role in picking out the perfect suit for you. At Freeds, you could have many different people involved in the experience: the tailor, the shoe manager/buyer possibly the store owner, plus a sales associate called a haberdashery expert who can match up your shirt and tie to your suit as well. They should all take great pride in providing the ultimate in customer satisfaction during your clothing selections. In all situations these experts need to give you an honest, professional opinion on what they know and what they can share with you. They must give the customer what they are looking for, and what the most important thing is to that person. To some, they want an extremely fitted look, others want the best suit at a certain price point.  Some customers do not have a good idea of what they are looking for from fabric selection to the type of model style that best fits their body. Customers should also be given sound advice in regards to suit colors, suit patterns and suit colors.  A good Sales associate should want to give the best quality at the best  price that the customer is comfortable with. Tailors and sales associates can lend their opinion, but should be a good listener to the customer’s needs as well.”

B: What are the main alterations you need for an off the rack suit?

A: “If off the rack, the first thing to know and make sure, is that it fits your particular body type the best. Anyone purchasing a suit should work with a professional that will put you in the right brand of suit that will fit your body type the best. In terms of tailoring it comes down to personal taste. Having a 14 or 15 inch opening at the bottom of the pant leg and a shorter pant leg would provide a better fit for a client with a slim build than someone who has a larger build. With slimmer fit jackets, you need slimmer fit pants to go with it. Suppression of waist line, sleeve length to the break on the hand, (and things like the length of your pant hem) are all matters of personal preference yet trends today once again express the new fitted look. The length of today’s suit jacket is shorter than 10-15 years ago.

Now let’s distinguish between “fitted” and “tailored” suits as they are two different terms. Fitted is the new modern look, where clothing items such as pants and jackets are slimmer, shorter and fit very close to the body. Tailoring is a term that refers to how a suit is fitted or altered. Or the alterations done to make a suit fit properly. Today’s look regardless of body type is as mentioned on the more fitted side. But remember to get the right look to suit your own personal needs keep these fashion tips in mind.”

Thank you for reading, we hope this helps our readers when it comes time for them to choose the right suit for the job


Alex of the Odette MBA class with a shortened jacket and sleeve to represent a modern look. “The look of suits today are shorter and trimmer than they have been in years”- Ari Freed

Yours in style,


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