From Minnesota, With Love: The Suit
Your wedding day should be the day that you feel most like yourself. Or, at least that’s how DanMichael Batista sees it. With his company, Dapper Dan Michael, Batista works to create custom looks for your wedding day (or the everyday). “I think a lot of people make the mistake of thinking they have to ‘dress up’ for their wedding,” he says. “I’m talking about that feeling like you’re putting on a costume, like you’re trying to be someone you’re not.”
A good wedding look will make you feel like you’ve enhanced who you are, not covered it up. That’s how Batista always hopes clients feel when they work with him. Through his image consulting services as well as his Hidden Haberdashery store in the Blaisdell Mansion, Batista specializes in custom-tailored, unique, one-of-a-kind, upcycled vintage and resale clothing.
Batista has close relationships with a number of secondhand and resale stores around the Twin Cities and, of course, he’s always got his eye out for unique, top-quality vintage and designer clothing that can be customized to stand out.
Being that Batista creates custom, tailored looks, timing can range from three to five business days for a blazer to much longer for a wedding look. If a client wants to do a fully custom suit or tuxedo (for a wedding, for example), the production time for a look like that varies widely depending on the client’s size, how intricate the detailing of the garment will be, etc., so Batista says it’s hard to ballpark it without talking to clients and getting to know some more details. His advice? Leave as much time as possible.
Anyone utilizing Batista and his skilled eye doesn’t have to feel pigeon-holed into one style. As Batista explains, his aesthetic is pretty broad and can cover a wide range of styles. “I can work with someone who has classic style and just wants a really beautiful and well-fitted black tux, or I can work with someone who likes to mix it up and try out a short suit or a colorful collar,” he says.
“A well-placed pocket watch or broach, a stand-out colorful tie, a surprise pattern under a collar, or a bright pair of socks that peek out when a man sits down or puts his leg up can completely make an outfit and make someone stand out for all the right reasons. I think my job is to figure out who someone is and help them create the unique wardrobe that’s going to make them feel like a million bucks when they go on that next job interview or date, or are simply walking down the street or down the aisle. That’s my goal: to clothe people in confidence.”
According to Batista, the process for suiting a male body and a female body is much more similar than one might think. Anytime you buy clothing off-the-rack it’s not going to be made for your body so tailoring is always required to get the perfect fit, whether that body is more masculine or more feminine.
“I always recommend that you go to someone who knows how to make a garment from scratch,” Batista says. “I liken it to the difference between someone who can change your oil vs. someone who can rebuild your engine — it’s the same with clothing, you want to be working with someone who knows how to take your whole garment apart and put it back together to fit you as if it was made for you. Whether you’re a man or a woman, your body is uniquely yours and your clothes should be as unique as you are. My motto is: ‘Get the perfect fit for the perfect you.'”
To schedule an appointment, call The Hidden Haberdashery at 612-615-3553.
2400 Blaisdell Ave. S., Minneapolis