You might recognize him from stints dressing the real husbands of Real Housewives of Atlanta, and you’re even more likely to recognize his one-of-a-kind fits on famous sharp dressers including music moguls 2Chainz, DJ Khaled and Method Man, NFL players like Bobby Rainey and actors including Josh Morgan.
When they want to look their best, be it for a wedding, party or any occasion, Atlanta’s elite come to Miguel Wilson. With an eponymous location in Phipps Plaza, you and yours can too.
“When I was evaluating what I wanted to do in fashion, I realized that the formal wear industry, particularly the wedding industry, had failed men,” Wilson (photo) tells Q. “The standard that brides could spend thousands for a gown they wear one time, but men had to wear used clothes to a formal event, that expectation was unacceptable.”
Modern weddings are increasingly paid for by the couple themselves, even more likely if the couple are gay, so Wilson says the old standards just wouldn’t do.
“Why would you spend all this money to entertain a bunch of people, feed them, buy them drinks for the biggest day of your life, and then shortchange yourself on your own look?” Wilson asks.
“The thought process was flawed for me so I have a collection that puts grooms in the mindset that brides have — it’s your day, and you’re going to be looking fabulous on your wedding day,” he adds.
Taking inspiration from art, his interests and travels, Wilson’s suits and tuxedos span from classic looks to twists on tradition and one-off masterpieces.
“I’m also able to bring to life the vision of the client from something that maybe inspired them,” he says. “Maybe it’s an era, a color or combination of colors, maybe it’s a picture, maybe it’s the movie The 300, anything.
“A lot of guys today want unique and one-of-a-kind, and we help them navigate the path to that perfect look. It starts with a conversation, and we can make their vision happen.”
Waistcoats, accessories, awesome high-end jewelry (like the bracelets the man himself is wearing in our photos) and full-service satisfaction are also on the menu at Miguel Wilson at Phipps. With today’s fashion flexibility where anything goes and boundaries are disappearing, Wilson’s looks are right on time. So are his attitudes toward same-sex couples as clients.
“We are here to please anybody who wants to look good,” says Wilson, whose connection to the community includes his own two gay sons. “Everyone on my team is out to make everyone, regardless of anything, feel like a million bucks.”
Recently, a female couple in Florida was so put out by locals who wouldn’t dress one of them in a tux, they came to Wilson. He posted on Instagram thanking those Florida tailors for creating an environment that brought their business to Atlanta.
“It all starts with love,” he tells Q. “If you learn to put love first, it changes your whole attitude about how you approach everything.”
His Instapost may have said it best.
“What does love look like? It’s an emotion, not a look,” he writes. “We all have the opportunity to create a relationship that works for us. Don’t let society ruin your potential for greatness by trying to fit into the expectations of others. I believe there is somebody for everybody. Don’t pass up on your somebody trying to accommodate everybody but you! It’s not always a man and a woman, and it’s not always the same color, religion or nationality. True love has no boundaries.”
Visit Miguel Wilson at Phipps Plaza and at miguelwilson.com.
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