College Grad Tailors Passion into Proceeds

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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Adam Luckwaldt had a problem. The 28-year-old New Yorker was at the end of his enlistment and needed to swap his uniform blues for a professional, civilian wardrobe. That’s when he first heard about Joshua Breshgold, a Michigan-based clothier who specializes in custom and ready-made menswear.

“In any situation where I’ve left him a free hand to make choices for me, the results have always been a pleasant surprise,” Luckwaldt explains. “Josh’s expertise, his improvisation and his innate understanding of what I am going for has really enhanced my personal style.”

Breshgold, a 23-year-old Farmington Hills native, says his clients value his precision, attention to detail and customer service.

“I see clients in their office or home and take care of their overall clothing needs for them, everything from suits to shoes, with an overall goal of making their lives easier,” Breshgold says. “Most guys don’t like to shop, whereas I’ve always had a passion for clothing. So I will go through their clothing with them and create a system that shows what pieces work well together. “

The self-professed clotheshorse got his start in the industry when he convinced a family friend in Singapore to take him on as an apprentice. He moved to Asia at age 19 and spent six months learning the trade from a tailor his father had met while traveling through the country 15 years earlier.

After returning to the States, and completing his degree in sales and marketing at Western Michigan University, his company, Joshua Gold, was born. From the beginning, he says, his vision was one of “upscale service and exceptional quality.”

“I don’t carry inventory; when I see a client, I will take about 30 different measurements,” Breshgold explains. “From there, I design the suits and have them made at my factory in Maryland. Everything that’s not custom, like shoes, comes from companies around the world — with values similar to my own — that I have built relationships with on behalf of my clients.”

Bruce Tucker, associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Windsor, and a family friend, was an early client.

“He pays so much attention to detail, and he’s got a nice sense of style about what suits a particular person,” Tucker explains, liking the pun, too. “Most of what’s in a men’s store doesn’t fit me without expensive alterations; using Joshua saves me a lot of time wandering in and out of stores, not finding what I need.”

Because Breshgold doesn’t advertise, he says the majority of clients discover his service through word-of-mouth. Most of them, he says, are busy professionals — attorneys, wealth managers and business owners — who don’t have the time to spend going from store to store.

And, while not discounting the expense a custom clothier charges, Breshgold says he doesn’t have a minimum purchase requirement nor does he charge a consultation fee.

“If I did a head-to-toe ensemble (suit, shirt, belt, tie, shoes), it would run approximately $1,500. But I’ve had clients purchase one shirt at a time, too,” he says. “Building a wardrobe takes time, and I will work at the pace my clients set. The goal is to help them get their wardrobe to where it needs to be.”

Breshgold adds that he likes offering the intimacy that most stores can’t provide. However, he also knows he’s a businessman, and summed up this interview succinctly: “To learn more about Joshua Gold’s custom and ready-made clothing, readers can visit his website at www.joshua-gold.com.”

*Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of the article that ran in the April 2011 print edition.

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