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RENT: Baldwin Formals
1156 Sixth Ave., at 45th St., second fl.; 212-245-8190
This 65-year-old menswear emporium is ideal for the groom who sees little tux-sporting in his postnuptial future. The midtown standby rents everything from white-tie tailcoats to designer suits by Givenchy and Ralph Lauren, among others. Grooms can submit measurements online to ensure a smoother fitting, and Baldwin can ready the full look with just 24 hours’ notice. Rentals run $110 to $240.
231 Smith St., nr. Butler St., Carroll Gardens; 718-522-3800
Since 2008, this Brooklyn boutique has been a go-to spot for voguish young things in search of classic American menswear with “a touch of British influence.” And now co-owners Adele Berne and Michael Kuhle have unleashed their sharply tailored aesthetic on a line of affordable off-the-rack suits, perfect for the sustainability-minded groom seeking a bespoke look sans the bespoke price tag. Two-piece suits cost $550.
BESPOKE: Lord Willy’s
223 Mott St., nr. Spring St.; 212-680-8888
Dandies in search of slim-cut suits with a sixties flavor will be wooed by this atelier’s Savile Row style. The Nolita shop specializes in custom tailoring, and its suits are fashioned exclusively from British fabrics (Holland & Sherry, Harrisons of Edinburgh, Dugdale Bros & Co). Lord Willy’s also sells colorful custom and off-the-rack shirts, ties, and pocket squares for finishing the look. Bespoke suits start at $3,800.
From the Summer 2011 New York Wedding Guide