A unique hybrid of a custom tailor and an upscale men’s specialty shop, J. Michaels is one of the most enjoyable shopping experiences anywhere. Founded in 1989, and occupying a 100 year old home on West End Avenue, our business grew initially by calling on accomplished men in their offices or homes and consulting them from the perspective of how to build a great visual reputation by using their clothing as an effective tool in nonverbal communication.

Today J. Michaels remains Nashville’s bespoke, custom, and made-to-measure clothing specialist, while also housing a tasteful array of ready-made merchandise from great brands like Peter Millar, Bills Khakis, Hiltl, Barbour Outerwear, Robert Talbott, Gardeur, Luciano Barbera, Alden and Santoni Shoes, Hickey Freeman, Oxxford, Belvest and others, along with our own special private label items. You are sure to feel welcome and at home in this sophisticated yet relaxed environment with a fun, professional staff and well stocked bar.
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Is clothing important? Sure. Does it truly make the man? Of course not.

However, how one dresses is a visual extension of one’s self image, and, for some, self expression is among the great joys of life.

At J. Michaels, though, we consider the most crucial factor in how one presents themselves to the world, via what they wear, to be the psychological impact their clothing has on others, particularly those whom they want to influence. Psychologists tell us that people form their first impression of us within the first 60 seconds they meet us, and that 60 seconds is broken down into 20 second increments.

The first 20 seconds, people draw impressions and form opinions about how educated, sophisticated, honest, diligent, competent, confident, aware, informed and evolved we are based solely on our appearance-how we're dressed, how we’re groomed, and what kind of shape we’re in. The scientific reason for it is because the optic nerve is 33 times stronger than the auditory nerve. The actual reality of it is that people believe what they see, even if it conflicts with what they are hearing, and they don’t even realize it.

So, at J. Michaels we have always advised our clients from the perspective of dressing for effect, not to be confused with dressing to impress or to attract attention. In fact, at our inception in 1989, we began building our business by having one on one conversations with our customers in their offices about their business, civic, and social lifestyles and the image they wanted to project in each, specializing in made to measure clothing and superior personal service. Our vision was to become a hybrid of a custom tailor and an upscale specialty store, so, as our business grew, we began adding fine ready made brands, and eventually evolved into that vision when we opened our current store in 2001. We still emphasize helping our clients save time by setting appointments to see them in their offices or homes if they so desire us to. But, a great number of our clients choose to come to the store, even for their custom made clothing because of the tasteful selection of ready made merchndise and accessories we carry from such great brands like Isaia, Peter Millar, Hiltl, Gardeur, Stenstroms, Barbour Outerwear, Luciano Barbera, Robert Talbott, Martin Dingman, Incotex, Hickey Freeman, Shinola, Paige Denim and many others.

With our online presence we still focus on personal service and customer interaction. When you call here during business hours, you’ll talk to the friendliest, most accomodating, knowledgeable people you can find anywhere. Let’s face it, a lot of the brands you’ll find on our site are available many places, but, at J. Michaels, we strive to make your experience shopping for them a true delight. And your 100% satisfaction is guaranteed.

So, thanks you for choosing to browse with us, and we hope that when you choose to do business with us, you’ll find it to be an exceptional experience. If it isn’t, let us know, and we will make it right.