Jiro Darakian is the owner of Milan Fine Men's Clothiers in Wayland Square.
Can you describe your outfit?
The suit and shirt are custom made from my store. The look is tailored; I’ve been wearing tailored clothing since I was a teenager. My father was a tailor (who studied in Milan, Italy) and I learned tailoring from him. I also studied fashion design at Parsons in NYC. I wear tailored clothing because it fits properly, looks good and never goes out of style.
How does living and working in Providence inspire your fashion style?
Providence is big enough to be anonymous, yet small enough to be personal. We have many, many excellent restaurants and the city is rich in culture. You can’t help but be inspired to look your best.
What is your go-to look for casual summertime weekends?
A tailored sport coat with a pair of jeans or linen slacks and colorful shirts. Fashion is not only black and white: spring and summer are the best times to wear colors. Too many men are not comfortable wearing color!
What is the biggest fashion trend you would encourage men to avoid?
No matter what the trend is, every man has his own style and should only wear trends that complement them. Trends come and go, investing too much in them is a waste of money.
What is the best fashion risk you’ve taken?
Throughout my life I’ve taken all the fashion risks there were. Being born into this business gave me the opportunity to wear many fashion risks. Whenever I saw a look on the runway, I made and wore it the next day. As long as the clothes fit your body correctly they look good. It’s all about the fit.
What is your favorite part about owning a store in Providence?
Providence is small enough to enable me to know my clients personally. I get to know their likes and dislikes which makes it easier for me to buy my merchandise.