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A Century of Style at Hot Sam’s

Hot Sam’s Detroit is the oldest men’s clothing store Downtown, in business since 1921. In 1974, two employees, Tony Stovall and Cliff G. Green bought the business and carried on the tradition of excellence.

            Stovall says, “We are much more than a store. The customers seem to enjoy our home-like atmosphere, consisting of many laughs, candid conversation and quality clothing at a competitive price. We still maintain that one-of-a-kind Detroit style for the distinguished man, while also having options for the modern man. We have managed to evolve with the ever-changing climate and have endured and persevered through many storms because our purpose is rooted in service.”

            Green says, “We still believe in ‘The customer is king,’ and so we cater to that motto in that we are in business to be of service. We go out of our way to make sure that the customer is satisfied, so that means even in making mistakes, we ensure that we correct them, and we also make shopping an experience, so the atmosphere is light, friendly and fun. Our customers are comfortable with us because they trust us; our integrity is always on display.”

            They offer services for special occasions such as weddings and graduations, custom suits and mobile service, and maintain an in-store tailor shop for men and women. A new website allows customers all round the world to purchase the Detroit style with a 3-D shopping experience. Stovall says, “Our sights are set on growing and expanding that platform and scaling the store online.” The baton is being passed to his daughter, Lauren Stovall, who does essential work in preserving the legacy of the store.

Location: 127 Monroe, Detroit. For more information, email [email protected] or visit