Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
If you live in D.C. long enough, you’re going to attend an event that requires formal wear. For those people who are on the gala circuit, it makes sense to own a tuxedo. For the rest of us, though, rental is the way to go.
Geoffrey Lewis has the look of luxury. The location (two blocks from the White House), typography of the logo, and dark-wood interior speak to elegance. But the experience is anything but pretentious. Do you have zero fashion sense and can’t begin to explain the difference between a shawl collar and peaked lapel? No problem. Staff will walk you through the process and explain your options. The interaction is relaxed, efficient, and low-key (i.e. not intimidating or snooty at all). Rentals aren’t their primary business—this is a company known for its custom suits—but, you’ll receive expertise from people who understand fit.