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The Art of Dressing Up

Hutton's Fine Menswear Proves that Dressing Up is Still in Style

Hutton's Fine Menswear is a local fashion treasure clung to four generations of family ties committed to refined, comfortable elegance for the man of today looking to stay stylish.

The menswear boutique was established in 1875 as a small tailoring shop in Southington, CT by founder William Hutton, the great grandfather of Hutton's current owner, Douglas Hutton. Now, the family tradition continues, selling the finest tailored clothing, sportswear, and accessories to generations of men to come.

Douglas has been running Hutton's for 30 years now, and will possibly pass the torch to one of his three sons someday. From decorated socks to printed and classic shirts to artful pocket squares and bow-ties, the gentlemen local to Ridgefield are sure to find what they’re looking for. Whether it’s a special occasion, golf outing, or upcoming summer soireè you need to look dapper for, Hutton’s has you covered.

When asked what intrigues Douglas about style, he answers that he is “attracted to clothing but not overwhelmed by it,” confirming the business and fashion industry is “something that fell” to him. 

Attending clothing shows at the Chicago Collective is where Douglas obtains the different brands in his shop which aren't your typical run-of-the-mill brands you see elsewhere in Connecticut. Current brands available include Peter Millar, Coppley, Johnnie-O, Desoto, and Brax.

We discussed the trajectory of fashion, now that the lazy dressing days of Covid are (hopefully) behind us. “Guys were wearing suits all the time up until the pandemic,” Douglas noted. “And then they stopped dressing up because they no longer had to. I do think dressing up will come back around — it always does.” 

On that note, he continued stating he does his best to stay on top of the times as it pertains to customer demand, but that he will still (and perhaps always) sell suits, sports coats, and shoes to keep the sophisticated flair of the shop emulated.

“I want people to come in and buy what they’re attracted to,” he said. “Whether it’s for themselves or a gift, I want people to be able to find what they’re looking for and what they love.”

If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that dressing well will never go out of style.