Judy Pak


Where Did You Get That?

Custom-made tuxedo liner.

Grayson McPhee always knew she would honor her father in a unique and nostalgic way on her wedding day. “From the moment I was little, he’s been a safe place for me and my biggest supporter,” she said.

Following her engagement to Robert Backhaus, she started planning for her wedding, which included brainstorming a gift for her dad. “My mind went to all the special photos I had and the art pieces I’ve held on to that I made for him in my toddler years,” she said.

Through research, she found Tommie Battaglia, founder of Gaetano custom handmade suits, who would be able to line a tuxedo with those special images and drawings.

This type of request is worth asking any designer or tailor who is making a custom suit or tuxedo. The piece is an investment, and the price can vary depending on who you hire. Designer outfits start at around $600 to $1,000, and adding in consultations, measurements, and custom interiors can come to around $2,000 to $3,000.

On the day of her wedding, Grayson surprised her father with the custom-made tuxedo to wear.

“He was at a loss for words,” she said.