Best big and tall stores in NYC
This outfitter is under the umbrella of the franchise Destination XL (or DXL), which sells menswear specifically designed for generously proportioned frames. It carries big-size offerings from big-name designers, including Brooks Brothers, Lacoste and Michael Kors, which are hard to find elsewhere.
This family-owned store has 11,000 square feet in Manhattan from which to peddle all manner of men’s clothing—and that includes big and tall options. Its founder, Harry Rothman, began his professional career in 1914 at the age of 12, when he was hawking wares from a pushcart on Delancey Street. From there, Rothman got into the business of cheap clothing and built an empire selling nice clothes at nicer prices.
No matter what your size or shape, the pros at Enzo will custom-make a suit that fits your body like a particularly stylish glove. It also sells wholesale textiles, so you won’t overpay—though this level of quality is pricey. Still, if you’re in the market for some personalized duds, check out this mainstay of Manhattan’s theater district.
These guys specialize in custom formal wear, and you can enter your measurements online and promptly receive your order in the mail. If there’s a problem, it’s very quick to remedy it. With a combination of excellent customer service and skillful stitching, Proper Cloth lives up to its name. Moreover, they can tweak anything to fit you well—just ask.
Despite the blandness of its name, Men’s Wearhouse manages to wow its customers with a wide selection that has you covered even if you’re a bit wide (or a bit tall, or whatever). And because it has the resources of a nationwide chain, they can order whatever you need and deliver it wherever you need.
If you’re in the market for footwear larger than a size 13, you’re bound to score at this family-owned shop, founded in the Bronx by Harry Goldberg in 1931. Now owned and operated by Goldberg’s grandson Robert, Harry’s has occupied the same Upper West Side corner since the mid ’70s, and in contrast to many of the national chains that have surrounded the store on Broadway, it still places great value on customer service. Though Harry’s doesn’t cater exclusively to the big-footed man, it does carry a variety of reasonably priced dress, casual and athletic shoes from trusted brands in sizes up to 16 wide.
Established in 1905, this onetime wholesaler operated under a variety of names until 1945, when it began selling directly to consumers and adopted the moniker of its founder. Though it isn’t a dedicated big-and-tall outfitter, Jos. A. Bank (which carries its namesake brand exclusively) does have a portly line, designed with the larger individual in mind. While you’ll find the full collection online, those who prefer to try on garments before purchasing should beeline to a rack of blazers and sports coats up to size 50 on the ground floor and a larger rack devoted to suits up to size 60 on the second floor.
Purchased by Men’s Wearhouse in 1999, K&G stocks big-name labels at deeply discounted prices. Though K&G does carry footwear, you’ll find few choices larger than a size 13. Accessories such as ties are more readily available, making this the perfect place to shop before Father’s Day.