By  on January 4, 2019

Tailored clothing has been the backbone of the men’s wear business for decades. But the complexion of the category has changed dramatically as made-to-measure offerings and sport coats gain in popularity, especially among Millennials.

A spot check of men’s retailers during the holidays found that suits were not performing well, but that is not surprising since the item is not generally seen as a gift. Even so, Ken Giddon, president of Rothmans, a New York-based men’s retailer, said “the suit business hasn’t been great all season,” and Bob Mitchell, co-chief executive officer of Mitchells, said off-the-rack suit sales have been lagging custom.

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