Los Angeles isn’t a city known as the birthplace of luxury men’s suit brands, but Derek Mattison believes that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be. “There is this idea that everyone here wears flip-flops and boardshorts,” said Mattison, a Detroit native who moved to Los Angeles eight years ago. “That is not the L.A. I see.”
With the unabashed confidence of a tech entrepreneur — Mattison founded Internet marketing company ESN Interactive — he has launched a namesake brand to dress men that share his sartorial tastes for suits with classic quality, but not classic fits. To house that brand, Mattison has opened a 1,000-square-foot store on Melrose Place, the leafy thoroughfare where Marni, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier and Temperley are among Mattison’s retail neighbors.
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