Designer spotlight: Strong Suit’s Jamie Davidson

The Arkansas-based designer creates suits for the guy who <i>wants</i> to wear one

Jamie Davidson’s suiting customer is a young professional with a mortgage and school loans. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t have to wear a suit but wants to wear a suit (meaning he may not have to wear one to work, but he likes parties). Most styles—in pebbled Italian wools and jaunty corduroys—go for $595, and a tux (also in navy blue!) rings up at $625, so the Strong Suit man can be dressed from the holidays through wedding season. The accessible pricing, young bent, and attention to detail remind us of Suitsupply, but Strong Suit is more American heritage—dare we say Southern?—than European modern. Although Davidson is based in Little Rock, Arkansas, he’s spent a lot of time in Georgia; his grand-father was chairman of Augusta National Golf Club. Made-to-measure suits, from about 60 fabric swatches, are $795 and recently arrived at H. Stockton.

This article originally appeared in our December 2014 issue as part of Scout About Town.