BE•SPOKE \ BIˈSPŌK \ ADJ:
A TERM EMPLOYED TO DESCRIBE AN ITEM CUSTOM-MADE TO THE BUYER’S SPECIFICATION, HISTORICALLY APPLIED TO TAILORED CLOTHING, SHIRTS, AND OTHER APPAREL INVOLVING MEASUREMENT AND FITTING.
By naming their store for their oldest daughter, Ed and Gable Shaikh made a statement unique in the fashion industry: that Hadleigh’s is a family affair giving as much attention to the bows in little girls’ hair as to the stitching in their fathers’ custom tailored tuxedoes.
Gable, who lived most of her life in New York City, studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and interned with Andrea Vittadini, met her husband, Ed, at Ralph Lauren’s Dallas store, where he was the second-highest menswear producer for the entire chain. After they were married and started a family – now including three daughters – Ed and Gable opened their own store in their home in 2009 eventually moving to Dallas’s prestigious Highland Park Village. Before long, the second floor atelier, which was and is open only by appointment, was joined by a street level store that allowed for inviting displays of accessories and women’s and children’s wear. After developing a unique line of smoking slippers, the Shaikhs took the Hadleigh’s brand national, first through an arrangement with Neiman-Marcus and its network of stores, and then to Bergdorf-Goodman in New York, as well as independent shops in such locations as Palm Beach.
Hadleigh’s women’s and children’s lines, characterized by bright colors, bows and ruffles, are based on Gable’s own designs. Ed’s creations in bespoke menswear reflect a respect for sartorial history combined with an informed sense of what the future holds.
Esquire’s Big Black Book called Hadleigh’s “one of the best stores in America.” Closer to home, D Magazine categorized Hadleigh’s as Dallas’s “best men’s clothing store,” three years in a row. Internationally, the Robb Report added to a positive revue with the designation, “Best of The Best.”
Among the qualities that make Hadleigh’s best is, as Gable pointed out in an interview with Elizabeth St: “Every day we have the great honor of working in a place with our daughter’s name on it. It is a sense of ownership and pride making sure everything is of the utmost quality and all of our customers are part of our family.”