New Men’s Suit Shop Sofyano Opens Downtown
From 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, Downtown Columbus is full of business suits. In fact, over 100,000 people work in the area, mostly at white collar jobs. Local entrepreneur Sam Mabrouk recognizes an opportunity here as there are currently few places to actually purchase a suit Downtown following the closure of the City Center Mall in 2009.
Sofyano is the name of the new retail shop that Mabrouk is opening this Friday, June 7th at 344 South High Street near the Franklin County Courthouse Complex. The store is an offshoot of the appointment-only suit wholesaling business that Mabrouk launched from a Gay Street office suite in 2011.
“I’ve traveled a lot in Europe because of my background, and for work, and the nature of my job meant I had to wear suits often,” explains Mabrouk. “When I finally landed in Columbus and started looking for suits, I couldn’t find what I wanted available anywhere. So I found that I had two choices; either pay an arm and a leg, most of which goes to salesman commission, for a suit that wasn’t really the style or fit I was looking for, or completely sacrifice style and quality, just to get a lower price.”
With those limiting options in mind, Mabrouk realized that there was a niche to be filled to serve other customers in his same situation. Thus Sofyano was born and the plan for an eventual retail space was set in motion. He began to scout Downtown locations, settling on one with close proximity to an abundance of lawyers, politicians and other professionals.
“I was always fascinated by the historic district of Downtown Columbus,” states Mabrouk. “The architecture of the buildings lends a sophisticated feel to the store. I also know that High street is a thoroughfare for the city, so I wanted a location that would be easy for my clientele to find.”
In addition to modern European suits, Sofyano will carry a variety of complementary shirts, ties and shoes. Store hours will run Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 11am to 4pm and Sunday by appointment only.
” I’m also working on organizing a fashion show that will bring to Columbus the latest in men’s formal wear,” adds Mabrouk. “Stay tuned for details on that upcoming event.”
More information can be found online at www.sofyano.com.