By Sophia Ricco
The newest store at the Walt Whitman Shops, Park Ave. Fine Suits offers quality mens’ apparel in a welcoming atmosphere.
The store covers all the bases when it comes to style, stocking suits for men and boys, dress shirts, blazers, sweaters, pants, ties and bowties, shoes, socks, belts and even cufflinks to complete any look. The store was brought to Huntington by the Sayed Khalil and his family; it’s all hands on deck to run this store and their other shop in New Jersey.
The shop opened on Black Friday. The family had been looking to expand to Long Island where they had come from their home in Queens to shop at high end stores. They are now looking to become one of these stores.
Khalil said Park Ave. Fine Suits plans to update their stock each season to bring in new arrivals and stock more designer brands. Right now layered looks are in, and the store carries a variety of velvet pieces and cotton sweaters perfect for dressing suits up or down.
“What I like about our sweaters is that a lot of them are machine washable,” Khalil said. “You can have your cashmere, wool, stuff you wear every once and awhile but you want your wear and tear sweaters. What’s nice about these is they look amazing, you can do a casual look with them or do something more pristine with a tie and collared shirt.”
After working in retail for most of her life, Heba Khalil admits to an obsession with customer service. She likes to go the extra mile, wether it’s holding an item for a customer, gift wrapping and offering simple tailoring. The store’s intimate size gives Khalil an opportunity to engage with all who walk in.
“I think it’s really important that people have a sense of warmth when they walk in, that they feel welcomed and special,” she said.
Since opening, Park Ave. Fine Suits has seen a variety of clientele. Many are men, like doctors, lawyers and professionals who wear suits every day.
“People that wear suits, know they have to wear suits,” Khalil said. “Might as well have it be a nice fit and you feel comfortable buying it.”
With her expertise in retail and her own love for fashion, Khalil said she can be an ally to her clients and help them refresh their style.
“For me, as someone who loves clothes and communicating with people, the appeal is you can wear a lot of this stuff outside of the standard suit style that you would wear for work or church,” Khalil said.
She recommends someone who is looking to do a complete style overhaul, but doesn’t know where to start, pickes out one focus point of their outfit. Once they decide what they want to highlight, they can build their outfits, she said.
“Men who like ties, wear interesting ties,” Khalil said. “It’s just one place, one thing that you want to stand out.”
Dressing in a suit may seem like extra work, but once a man finds his perfect fit and style it is smooth sailing.
“If a guy likes one suit, he is likely to buy two or three more, believe it or not… They know the fit, they know the cut, they like the colors, it’s that simple,” Khalil said.
Simply swap out your dress shirt, tie and shoes to discover a new look.
“What’s nice about suits is it’s actually a really easy way to dress,” Khalil said.
Park Avenue Fine Suits
160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington