Guys can be notoriously hard to shop for around the holidays — they either don't need anything or they need everything
. So where you do start? If you want something special that's a certain win for your dad, a brother, or a boy-of-interest, we suggest going the custom route. Don't panic, though — that doesn't mean you have to blow your whole holiday shopping budget on one super-personalized piece.
Instead, make menswear brand Alton Lane's new showroom in Dupont Circle the first stop on your list. The New York-based company combines attention to detail with some tech-y cool innovations to bring a little taste of bespoke custom tailoring to the masses. How it works:
Go online or call to make an appointment for the lucky guy (or book a session for him and his buddies) in the majorly man-friendly top-floor showroom, which is outfitted with retro-industrial flourishes and a sweet old-fashioned bar (click through for a tour of the sumptuous space). The highlight? The 3-D white-light body scanner, which creates a digital sketch that a tailor will use to create perfectly fitting garments. Not even Santa can be that
Alton Lane, 1506 19th Street NW, 3rd Floor; 202-232-2142. Book appointments online here
Photo: Kirsten Rose/Alton Lane