About Nicholas Joseph

“Successful men rely on our custom clothing to be sophistically tailored for impressions that last a lifetime.”

The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, Esquire, Inc, CNBC, and many media leaders have featured Nicholas Joseph, see Nicholas Joseph in the Media

Founded for Quality.

Our shirts are true custom. We offer Made in Chicago Bespoke Suits. We produce our own photo shoots. We have a deep respect for the art of high quality tailoring and construction and the way a garment should fit and drape over the body. We include working buttonholes on all of our custom suits. We have a full showroom with a Master Tailor on site and continually train our team with images from every fitting in our Showroom. Our custom clothing experience exceeds our clients’ expectations and is based on continuous learning from every custom garment we’ve made since 2005.

In 2005, Nicholas gathered a team of expert tailors and launched Nicholas Joseph, Custom Suits You.

Orders came in from across the United States as Nicholas deepened his understanding of the measuring, constructing, and fitting process. He soon realized that although people purchased online, custom clothing is a high touch product that needs experts to meet with clients in person. He then opened his first studio location inside an upscale men’s barbershop in Chicago and was surprised at how fast sales took off when guys could try on different styles, touch the luxury fabrics, and be measured, and ultimately fitted, by an expert. Within two years, they had four studio locations in Chicago – Loop, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and South Loop.

Made in the USA

Prior to 2009, Nicholas sent his fine fabrics from Italy, England, and Spain overseas for construction, but then saw real value in offering custom clothing Made in the USA. In fact, the USA line is made by a tailoring family that once suited both the Ford and Vanderbilt families.

A Showroom with a Master Tailor (The Nicholas Joseph Difference)

In 2010, a new showroom was opened in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, with dozens of samples and displays designed to inspire, and years of experienced experts ready to deliver, complete with a Master Tailor on site. Nicholas continues to work with clients by pulling from his creative and business background, creating the perfect balance of style and fit.

Exceptional Quality and Craftsmanship

Fabrics are sourced globally from England, Italy, and Spain from mills such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Guabello, Loro Piana, and others. Custom shirts are made by hand by our exclusive team of six custom shirt tailors and are known as the best custom shirts in Chicago due to the superior construction of the collars and cuffs – just ask our clients. Custom clothing is made in the USA or overseas, depending on client preference. Paper patterns are made for each client and literally hang on the tailor’s wall to be adjusted after receiving the first fitting notes, and ready for future orders.

Nicholas Joseph is a member of the Custom Tailors & Designers Association, the oldest continuously operating trade organization in the United States, comprised of distinguished master tailors, designers, custom clothiers and luxury retailers who create fine custom clothing for discerning clients throughout the United States.


Nicholas has also been appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Mayor’s Fashion Council to advise on the development of a coordinated citywide plan to increase opportunities for the fashion industry and has taken the company through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program for excellence in service and quality.

Experience and Value Drive Growth

As an alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, Nicholas Joseph is poised for continued growth due to their talented team and value proposition for the client – the Nicholas Joseph custom clothing experience combines an expert team approach with a modern showroom, Master Tailor, pricing that is often lower than most off-rack designer clothing, and consistent fit due to paper patterns that are made for each client, making re-order easy.

“Making high quality custom clothing accessible is key to our business”, says Nicholas, “and we’re constantly enhancing our experience and product, from Made in Chicago bespoke suits, to custom polos, and beyond. We want to be your trusted wardrobe expert.”

In addition to our fine custom clothing for individual clients, Nicholas Joseph also provides custom design and construction of uniforms for several fine dining restaurants, hotels, and upscale hospitality centers throughout North America.

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (312) 895-1577.


Nicholas Joseph in the Media