Best Place to Get a Suit Education
Ezra Paul Clothing
1608 17th St. NW, (202) 518-7285
Ezra Paul Lizio-Katzen knows suits. His namesake boutique in Dupont is representative of his overarching brand: streamlined, approachable, and focused on quality. Lizio-Katzen believes in educating his customers so they can make informed choices. This means deconstructing suits. He keeps a number of them in his store that are cut open—to see with your own eyes the difference in construction between products made by Jos A. Bank, Tom Ford, and Z Zegna. It’s a crash course in stitching and materials. It’s also a quick way to learn about the differences between hand and machine stitching and the benefits of full-canvassed versus half-canvassed jackets. Before Lizio-Katzen opened his shop, he worked at high-end companies like Saks Fifth Avenue, Armani, and Zegna. His work experience translates into a passion for his industry and a joy for educating clientele. He also runs a fact-dense blog that delves into business clothes culture, like when to get your jackets dry cleaned and why Trump always wears clothes that are too large. He is a man on a mission to make D.C. fashionable and discerning one suit at a time.