At this point, most of you are probably familiar with Suitsupply, the Dutch menswear darling that has been crushing the $400-$700 suit market (you can see my reviews here and here). In the last few years, the company has made serious progress in their plans for world domination; however, their presence in California has been surprisingly nonexistent. A San Francisco store was supposed to open in January of this year, but the opening was continually pushed back before going completely quiet. In the meantime, stores have popped up in Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver, and even Scottsdale, Arizona – what gives?
I know I’m not the only person frustrated by the significant delays in the Suitsupply SF opening, but I am confident that the delays are caused by the city and not by the company. San Francisco is known for making opening a store unnecessarily difficult; this has recently been seen in delays in the opening of the new-ish Gant store in Hayes Valley and the Cucinelli store that was supposed to open this Spring.
Fortunately, I was able to track down some insider information regarding SuitSupply’s newest store. As I understand it, the San Francisco branch is currently slated to open in November of this year. I was told that the initial location fell through, causing delays, but my understanding is that their new spot will be at 166 Maiden Lane, where the YSL store used to be located (right next to Gucci). San Francisco natives will know Maiden Lane as the lovely little pedestrian street near the city’s shopping district where 95% of the city’s style blogger WIWT shots are taken. It’s a great location, and if what I heard is true then the guys in corporate clearly did their homework.
Anyway, those are the rumors…but you didn’t hear it from me.