Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

SEP-OCT 2018

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J. BENZAL Tailored to your needs. Written by Neil Charles / Photography by Andrew Kung Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, J. Benzal Menswear has long been the destination of choice for the stylish man about town when it comes to all matters sartorial. Founded and owned by designer Ben Diallo, this exceptional clothier provides personalized service and impeccable quality to clients seeking bespoke quality at sensible prices. Having studied fabrics in Morocco before spending five years in the fashion industry in New York City, Diallo, along with his expert team, brings a level of individual service and attention to detail seldom encountered outside of Savile Row. Having originally opened on Mass Ave, followed by a second location in Carmel City Center in 2013, J. Benzal stocks only its own house brand of Italian-made suits, ties and shirts, and the finest handmade Portuguese shoes. Although all garments are available for purchase off the rack, alterations are available for those who prefer a custom fit. "Everything we offer is J. Benzal brand and is ready to wear. We can outfit all sizes from race car drivers to football players," explains Diallo. "We want to make sure that your suit fits you perfectly, so we offer complimentary alterations. By the time you put on your suit, it will fit you as if it were custom-made." In addition to the store brand, J. Benzal now also offers a bespoke service to accommodate clients who, for whatever reason, are unable to settle upon an existing item from the available inventory of styles, colors and patterns. "We are fortunate to now have a master tailor, Kamal, on our team," continues Diallo. "We can make a shirt or suit for you from a range of fabrics in-house in Indianapolis, and the great thing is that we can have it ready for you within a week." J. Benzal has recently moved its downtown headquarters to a prime spot at 22 E. Washington Street, a highly visible location convenient for both businesses and hotels alike. Faced with increasing competition from online vendors, Diallo is emphatic that bricks and mortar are here to stay. "We focus on customer service and building relationships," he concludes. "When you come in here, our team with over 100 years of combined experience will help you find your own style, and whatever you select will fit you as it is supposed to fit you. You don't find that sort of service online." Whether you are narrow or broad, short or tall, J. Benzal makes it their business to ensure that you look smart, sharp and thoroughly up-to-date, every day of the year. For more information, visit jbenzal.com. slmag.net 67

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