The French-born de Paris, who has made suits for all eight of Obama’s predecessors, measured the president for two suits at the White House on Saturday.
“He asked me about my style," the 75-year-old de Paris told ITK, "and I said, ‘Mr. President, my style is modern classic.’ ”
He added, in his thick Marseille accent, “I recommended a two-button, single vent in the back and he said, ‘I agree with that.’ ”
According to de Paris, whose shop is just two blocks from the White House at Metropolitan Square, the president took note of his flowing mop of white hair. “He asked me, ‘Georges, why you no cut your hair?’ ”
De Paris responded that, like the legendary Samson, “If I cut my hair, I’ll lose my power.”
De Paris did not say how much the two black suits made of top-of-the-line English wool fabric cost, but he’s found no shortage of people who want to buy his made-to-order wares, which start at $3,500, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
As they finished the one-hour fitting, the president handed de Paris a pair of presidential cufflinks. “I said, ‘Mr. President, you and me will make history.’ ”