Oct 17, 2013
02:13 PM
Style & Shopping

Special Milestone at Hartford's Heart of Fine Clothing, Stackpole Moore Tryon

Special Milestone at Hartford's Heart of Fine Clothing, Stackpole Moore Tryon

Douglas P. Clement/Connecticut Magazine

“Men of style and achievement have, for generation after generation, turned to Hickey Freeman for authenticity and quality, elegance and innovation. They still do.”

So says the website for the iconic men’s fashion label known for embodying timeless elegance, fine tailoring and the promise of its motto, “Keep the Quality Up,” which—according to the website—is carved into the oak entryway at the Rochester, N.Y., factory built in the early 20th century by the two young entrepreneurs Jacob Freeman and Jeremiah Hickey.

John S. Carusone, an investment banker who has an office in Hartford and lives in East Hartford, is one of those men of style and achievement. A self-described “suit guy,” he is partial to Hickey Freeman designs, and he acquires his suits at another iconic name in fine men’s fashion, Stackpole Moore Tryon & Tuesday’s in downtown Hartford, an institution now located at the corner of Trumbull and Pratt streets that dates back more than a century—and Hickey Freeman’s longest-running retailer. (Between New York & Boston there’s Stackpole’s & Tuesday’s, this store’s branding line says.)

Around the time Connecticut’s capital city was taking on an early-evening glow Wednesday, Carusone joined Stackpole Moore Tryon owners Jody and Ron Morneault and longtime men’s clothing expert Tracy Murphy for an informal event that marked milestones in the narratives of both the store and one of its favorite clients.

Carusone has been devoted to Stackpole Moore Tryon & Tuesday’s for more than 50 years, and counting, and the Morneaults saw that status as inspiration to pause near the end of the day for a celebratory glass of wine and, inevitably, a fond look back at Stackpole’s long history of being the clothier of choice to Hartford’s insurance industry and other executives, and to those from any walk of life who want the perfect combination of elegance and contemporary style.

Carusone, who is president of the Bank Analysis Center, Inc., a consulting and investment banking firm that assists the management of commercial banks and thrifts in dealing with issues affecting the future of their institutions, recalled his first encounter with Stackpole Moore Tryon as a Glastonbury High School student when the store was located in a historic building at the corner of Asylum and Pearl streets. “My father literally brought me down for my first adult suit at age 14,” he said.

Carusone, who is often quoted as a banking an economic analyst in business journals, has stuck with Stackpole Moore Tryon in the intervening decades because of its “tradition of timeless classic clothes,” because of the impeccable customer service, and because—through the vision of the Morneaults—the store is anything but stuck in the past.

Stackpole, beautiful, beckoning and desire-inducing for men and women who appreciate true style, has evolved with great energy and flair, and Carusone, for one, appreciates the seamlessly interwoven, complementary focuses on timeless classics and “international fashion forward style.” (Right, a photo from the Oct. 3 Donald J. Pliner men's shoes event.)

The store, newly-painted and re-styled itself, simultaneously appeals to business executives in their 60s and style-conscious men in their 30s, said Carusone, who appreciates both aspects. He stops in about once a month, and said, “I come here to see friends and get an education on current fashions.”

And while he’s “basically a suit guy,” he also buys leathers and casual clothes.

Stackpole’s “about us” component on its blog quantifies the store's approach, saying, in part, “We study the women’s and men’s markets with you in mind to provide the perfect combination of classic practicality and newness. We are always on the lookout for what’s coming and will be experimenting with emerging designers every season so that you can dress in the right fashion for your lifestyle. At Stackpole you’ll always find great clothes and accessories, provided with great one-on-one service.”

 

When it comes to men’s clothing, Ron Morneault says, “Here we are in the 21st Century and Stackpole is reinventing every day to help men and women interested in quality clothing to find their personal style.”

Evidence of that is felt immediately upon entering the store, and the label SAND Copenhagen is just one example of a high-energy, contemporary and couture-leaning style that provides contrast to the Hickey Freeman suits and classics from Robert Talbott.

Amid the mini event to honor Carusone, the gathering was anchored in the men’s department, but Stackpole—through Jody Morneault’s expert eye—is a treasure for women as well. Here, too, the blend of classic and timeless designs and labels with more adventuresome younger looks is done seamlessly. Any woman with a misplaced fear of finding Stackpole’s lines skewing to an older demographic need only to take a peek at the styles and lifestyle messages embodied on the websites of labels Morneault has sourced like Agave Denim and Gerry Weber.

In terms of reconnecting with Stackpole, or discovering it, now is the perfect time. Through this Saturday, Oct. 19, the store is offering customers “the opportunity to do something positive for the community while saving on purchases at SMTT!”

“We’re partnering with the Junior League of Hartford, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, to bring you our Junior League Trade-In Event,” Stackpole’s blog explains. “Bring your used clothing to our collection point in our store, and you’ll not only receive a tax write off for your donation, but you’ll also get 15% off your purchase of new clothing at SMTT!”

Beyond that, it would seem from Wednesday’s event that there’s a likelihood you’ll get started on joining the ranks of Carusone—and others like him—and become not only a longtime customer but, essentially, a member of the Stackpole family.

It’s something summed up nicely online by Tracy Murphy, who says, “I’ve been in the business of dressing men here at Stackpole’s & Tuesday’s for 20 years. I’ve learned a lot and have some of the best customers, many I consider my friends. I am most fulfilled when I know my outfits are being worn all over the world. I’m proud of what I do and it’s an honor to work at such a great establishment.”

The store’s address is 242 Trumbull St. in downtown Hartford, and Stackpole offers free two-hour parking, asking customers to bring in a parking ticket for validation. The hours, all of the store’s brands, and other essential information is on the website.

 

 

Special Milestone at Hartford's Heart of Fine Clothing, Stackpole Moore Tryon

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