Geoffrey Lewis is a well established custom tailor shop located just around the corner from the White House. Inside the shop you’ll find handsome fabrics from Loro Piana, Scabal, Dormeuil, Ermenegildo Zegna and so on. There is a glass drafting table typically covered with rulers, scissors, fabric swatches and the occasional Washington Post. The shop has wood floors with wood display cases showcasing fabric spools on the wall, ties, and ready to wear suits. Walking into Geoffrey Lewis you immediately know it is a rare treasure among menswear stores; however the true treasure is found in the family who has owned and operated the store for over 40 years.
Angelos’ journey as a tailor began when he was 14 years old in Thessaloniki, a city in the northern part of Greece. Inspired by his grandfather who had been a tailor, Angelo decided to set out on a similar path. Training and honing his craft Angelo soon became what is known as a bench tailor. The term bench tailor refers to one who can construct an entire suit from scratch in one sitting. Confident in his skills, Angelos at the age of 27 moved to the US with his wife Helen. He settled in Arlington and began working as a tailor for Raleigh Haberdasher. In 1969 the tailors dream of being a small business owner came true. He bought Geoffrey Lewis, a tailor shop in downtown Washington DC. Since then presidents have come and gone, administrations have changed, but the suits that have dressed the men and woman of DC have remained. The quality and elegance of the suits at Geoffrey Lewis are only possible with the expertise, knowledge, and experience possessed by Angelos. Thankfully for all of us, he has passed this information on to his son, Kosta, who like his father, is a master custom clothier. Today you will find Angelos, Helen and Kosta working side by side to ensure the best suit along with a warm family experience that is truly unique and hard to come by.