While walking to work recently, I noticed something that I don’t usually see: It was the Commonwealth Proper sign—the CMMP with the criss-crossed needles over top—hanging above the sidewalk just after the beautiful aroma of Philly Soft Pretzel Factory clears on South 19th Street. Which was odd, since I usually see that sign hanging above the sidewalk as I make my way to my dry cleaner on Spruce.
Turns out, the one near my dry cleaner is no more: Commonwealth Proper, the Philly-based clothing brand founded in 2008 by attorney Craig von Schroeder and specializing in men’s custom, made-to-measure, made-in-the-USA clothing, has got a brand new showroom! And this one, at 1839 Chestnut (though the entrance is on 19th; look out for the aforementioned soft pretzels) up on the second floor, is 2,000 square-feet of ready-to-wear clothing (the brand’s more casual Die Proper label), two custom fitting rooms, a fabric inventory, a design room, and two client service offices (they also offer sartorial advice and consulting).
And it's gorg. (As you can see.) Here's what your guy needs to know:
- Walk-in hours are Thursdays to Saturdays, 11am to 6pm, and since they've just gotten all settled in their new digs, they're encouraging clients—current and new—to pop in for a one-on-one tour.
- As always, CMMP invites dudes to bring in their own bottle of whiskey, which they will now, in the new space, keep safe and sound in a kind of whiskey locker; each guy who does this at their new spot will get their own key (they're using salvaged key fobs from the Divine Lorraine Hotel), and $100 off a custom clothing purchase.
- Custom, from-scratch suits usually take around six to eight weeks, and since this is for a wedding, your groom should plan for at least ten weeks, if you guys are going the bespoke route for his wedding-day ensemble.
- If there are any pieces or materials that are special to him that he might want worked into the suit, he can bring them along to his appointment. CMMP has, before, worked in the buttons from a Naval officer's uniform and a vintage lining to their designs.
- If he'd like to come in with his guys, the tailors there can produce as many custom pieces for his groomsmen as the two of you would like (anywhere from the entire suit, head-to-toe, or just a pocket square)—they also sell accessories and things in the store.
- For parties of three or more who purchase suits at CMMP, each guy will receive a complementary custom shirt, tie, and pocket square with their purchase.
So if he's been mulling over the idea of a custom suit for the Big Day, now might be the time to go investigate. A former Philly magger's now-husband went the custom CMMP route for their wedding, and (don't tell her!), he looked almost as good as she did.
To make an appointment, call 267-319-1741 or book online.