My First Fitting: Prom 2005
When I was 16, like most guys, I waited until the last minute to get suited up for prom. Since I was attending as an underclassmen, I didn't see any meaning behind the big event. Maybe it was immaturity or maybe I was a little intimidated and having a carefree attitude was my way of dealing. Dudes are good at that, ya know?
After being reminded over and over again by my date (and my Mom!) to get fitted, I gave in and drove down to Riverside. I had never been to Briggs because I didn’t wear that kind of clothing. My idea of formal wear was just keeping my pants at my waist line. I might even tuck my polo half in and ditch the flat bill...but only if Mom made me.
When I arrived at Briggs, I was greeted by a jolly gentleman. He knew exactly who I was and introduced himself as Mr. Briggs. He also informed me that my date and her mother had both just called to let him know I was on the way. (...Seriously?!) He asked what I was thinking about wearing to this young lady’s prom and I shrugged my shoulders.
He immediately knew I had no clue what I was doing. I looked at him and said the first thing that came to mind, “I hear you're the expert on this stuff. How 'bout you show me what you think would look best on me.” Proceeding with the measuring tape, he measured my neck, arms, chest, waist, leg, and even my foot! That was a little weird to me. He had me try on a suit and I thought it looked strange because the pants were so long. I didn’t know that suit pants came unfinished and the tailor would adjust the cloth to my size.
Mr. Briggs explained fits of suits and said I would need a 36 regular, double side vented, in a trim fit. He wanted the suit to fit like it should and for me to look good and be comfortable at the same time. I know for a fact he wanted to make the Moms happy! And of course, he wanted my date to have the night she deserved and would do whatever he could to make it special for each of us. I know now that’s the kind of gentleman he is...the kind of clothier he is...it's actually the fabric of who he is!
That was 13 years ago. Today, I can tell you a lot of things have changed at Briggs. The location, the look, the styles -- they are all different now. And they have definitely progressed since we opened in 1972. Yeah, a lot of things have changed, but there are a few ideals that remain the same: the attention, service, and experience that Briggs always offers.
Life is funny. Mr. Briggs is now my boss. He is also my father-in-law, my son’s Grandaddy, and my friend--one of the very best. He is also my clothier from whom I learn daily. I watch him help the young and the old and wonder how he relates so effortlessly to all kinds of people. It all reminds me of being fitted for the first time in the old Riverside store. I learned a lot that day about the basics and today I'm learning more about the many details of the trade.
As we enter our 46th prom season, I’d encourage you to come see what sets us apart. We might even know your name and that you're headed our way before you ever set foot in the door.
Class of 2018, this one's for you.