By MIKE CHAIKEN
Right across from the XL Center in downtown Hartford, there is a slice of fashion that has called the capital city home for 100 plus years.
However, if you were unfamiliar with the store, you might mistake their name for a law firm.
Stackpole Moore Tryon at 242 Trumbull St., Hartford, was founded in 1909 as a men’s clothing store that focused on investment pieces of high quality for professional men, explained the Jody Morneault, who now owns the store with her husband Ronald.
Over time, the store – which is being rebranded as Morneault’s Stackpole Moore Tryon– has evolved as a fashion forward retail store that caters not only to the professional man but the professional woman as well, said Morneault. The women’s section, which started as just as 4 foot by 4 foot corner of the couple’s previous store, Tuesday’s, has grown to the point where the women’s formal department now shares a space with the men’s department.
The store’s inventory caters to men and women who have to look really polished and need a perfect fit—whether they are dressed in business attire or business casual, explained Morneault. They also cater to a clientele that needs clothing that travels well on business trips.
The store, which also employs seamstresses and tailors to ensure the clothing’s fit is impeccable, also offers formal wear that is unlike anything else found in the country, said Morneault. And because it’s an independent retailer, they can keep track of your formal selections to ensure no other client attending many of the Connecticut galas has the same look.
Morneault’s Stackpole Moore Tryon also prides itself on its service and knowledge of their customers, said Morneault. In many ways, they serve as personal stylists for the customers, knowing exactly what they will like and need.
Morneault also says that as chief buyer for the women’s section, her job is to keep her finger on the pulse of today’s clothing trends.
For instance, this winter, Morneault said women are looking for clothing with fur trim—whether it is a sweater, cape, coat, etc. Colors that are trending at Morneault’s Stackpole Moore Tryon are light silver gray, Bordeaux wine, royal blue, off white, and black. Earthtones and browns also are trending this season for women’s wear.
For more information, go to http://www.stackpolemooretryon.com/