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Style Profile: Josh Breshgold of Joshua Gold Custom Clothier

June 11, 2021

From suiting up NFL players to designing custom tuxedos for grooms and beyond, Josh Breshgold, founder of Joshua Gold Custom Clothier in Royal Oak, aims to build wardrobes that will last a lifetime

By Nicole Frehsee Mazur 

Photography by Darrel Ellis 

As the founder of Joshua Gold Custom Clothier in Royal Oak, Josh Breshgold dresses some of Metro Detroit’s most stylish men, from professional athletes, executives and physicians to fashion-forward retirees. But more than building wardrobes, his favorite part of the job is building relationships. “I have guys that are fresh out of law school and need their first suit to clients in their 80s who just want to look and feel amazing,” says the West Bloomfield resident. “I get to see people at every stage, from startup to maturity. I get to see the life cycle and hear their stories.”

Joshua Gold Custom Clothier

Josh Breshgold of Joshua Gold Custom Clothier

A summer spent apprenticing under a master tailor in Singapore inspired Breshgold to start his own custom-clothing business while he was still in college. “I’ve always been intrigued by style and quality and timeless, classic elegance,” he says.

Breshgold, 33, has clients across Michigan and the Midwest, but it wasn’t always that way. As a student at Western Michigan University, he decided to take his lifelong fascination with “style, quality, and timeless, classic elegance” to the next level and learn how to make clothes. He apprenticed under a master tailor in Singapore one summer; upon returning to college, he made countless cold calls as well as cold visits (as in, knocking on strangers’ doors) to court clients. “I would call law firms and wealth managers — anyone I could think of who was probably doing well and could afford custom clothing,” he says. His persistence paid off: In 2016, he opened his shop on Sixth Street. His brother and business partner, Ari Breshgold, heads up operations, and head clothier Todd Dwyer joined the team in 2018

The Josh Breshgold team: head clothier Todd Dwyer, Josh Breshgold and brother Ari Breshgold (from left). Since opening in 2016, their Royal Oak shop has become a destination for everyone from NFL players to law-school grads seeking their first suit to fashion-conscious retirees. “I get to see people at every stage, from startup to maturity,” says Josh.

Joshua Gold Custom Clothier

Ari Breshgold of Joshua Gold Custom Clothier

Todd Dwyer of Joshua Gold Custom Clothier

Whether Josh is fitting NFL players (Detroit Lions Nick Williams and Tracy Walker are clients) or helping a soon-to-be groom design his tuxedo, his goal is to demystify the concept of bespoke fashion. “When I was a kid [custom clothes] were unattainable — I’d think of a cocky, stuffy store, like the one in Pretty Woman. But we are the opposite. We try to create a comfortable space that’s not intimidating. Once people come in and hear what we’re about, they don’t just buy one thing — we’re building their wardrobe for their entire lives.”

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