Five Years, Three Stores, By Robert James / by VOCAL

New York Tailor, Robert James, Celebrates Fifth Anniversary With Brooklyn Expansion

Robert James, designer, creative director and namesake of timeless menswear brand By Robert James, is proud to celebrate five years of successful clothing mastery and retail with the opening of its second Brooklyn storefront. Founded in 2008 and produced by hand in the Garment District, By Robert James benefits from the founder’s twenty years of industry experience. By Robert James focuses on simple and enduring menswear forms with the nuance of the modern age.

Appealing equally to high-end fashion as to the modern gent, By Robert James takes its inspiration from music and historic men’s garments and themes, while honoring the tradition of honest, hard work. Although the brand’s fit immediately communicates thoughtful design and impeccable construction, garments can be tailored to fit free of charge on the premises, making the wearer feel as strikingly handsome as the clothes themselves. Selecting premium local and sourced fabrics from Japan, Italy and London, By Robert James consciously employs local manufacturing, ensuring that each item is not only of the highest standard for the consumer, but has a deeper environmental conscience while supporting local businesses with the community. This is a direct reflection of Jame’s upbringing in a small Ohio manufacturing town, where as a preacher’s son he felt deeply the connection and responsibility within the community, and very real association between local business and local harmony.

Outgrowing two locations in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, By Robert James settled in its current flagship studio-boutique on Orchard Street. As the calendar marked its fourth anniversary of business, By Robert James then also opened its doors across the river in the Brooklyn neighborhood gem of Williamsburg. While managing the immense momentum of success received at this new location, James is mapping out the opening of the third retail space to be situated in Brooklyn’s historic Boerum Hill.

This five-year triumph is owed to James’ commitment to classic utilitarian and masculine styles. Musing on his approach, he comments “How I design can be summarized in three words: simple, honest and handsome”; which is same philosophy that brought customers into the first humble LES store. Manhattan-made garments will be superbly featured in the upcoming Brooklyn addition and the distinctive looks will undoubtedly find a home in the wardrobe of By Robert James’ discerning new neighbors.

By Robert James studio-boutique is located at 74 Orchard Street in Manhattan’s LES. The first of the two Brooklyn additions is at 193 Grand Street in Williamsburg, and the second in Boerum Hill scheduled for December 2013. 



About Robert James

Robert James, a rural Ohio native, is the brainchild behind By Robert James.  After graduating from The Ohio State University and FIT, James pursued a design career in apparel design, with the purpose of honing his skills for his own brand.  That day has arrived and James now works to bring his passion for men’s fashion to life by designing, a head to toe line of jackets, coats, jeans, trousers, and craft knitwear.