Photos by Caitlin Abrams
A few months ago, I got a call out of the blue from a sports agent who wondered if I could recommend a custom clothier in the Twin Cities to make suits for his clients, Brian Dozier and Kevin Correia of the Minnesota Twins. Of course I knew just the Minnesota twins to dress the Minnesota Twins: Danny and Kenny King of King Brothers Clothiers—the only twenty somethings who would wear suits to a ball game without breaking a sweat or getting a wrinkle. I first met the determined identical twins last year when they partnered with TV Veteran Don Shelby on a tie collection. They quickly expanded to bespoke suits and shirts.
Deep into a fashion discussion with Brian Dozier, Kevin Correia and the King Brothers
My condition for making the recommendation to the Twins' agent: Let us at the magazine go shopping with them, and of course, stage a photo shoot! They agreed, and you can see the major league results in the July issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
As you’ll also see in our behind-the-scenes video, Dozier and Correia got to weigh in on every detail of their new suits, from the notch lapels to the cuff buttonholes. (Why should a suit have functioning cuff buttonholes? Just because it can, the King brothers told me. They’re actually called “surgeon cuffs,” I learned from the Kings, because back in the day, surgeons would sometimes roll up their sleeves to perform surgery.) Dozier and Correia spent more than an hour pouring over fabrics and seemed genuinely appreciative of the King bothers’ advice. The deferred to them on many of the major decisions (other than the red dress shirt Dozier really, really wanted) and Correia, who is quiet but quick with one-liners, based his jacket pocket decisions (two or three; flap or no flap) on doing the opposite of what his buddy Dozier chose.
Dozier suits up in the Clubhouse at Target Field
The day of our shoot at Target field, the King brothers took care of everything except shoes and belts, which Dozier forgot. We had to borrow right off of an employee from the front office.
Before sending Dozier and Correia on the road in their new suits, the Kings offered this men’s styling advice—helpful for any guy that wants to hit it out of the park:
Single breasted jackets with 3-inch notch lapels are a good bet if you're looking for versatility.
Flat front trousers are much more common and modern than pleats.
Cuff vs. no cuff on the pants bottom is a personal preference thing. "We have both...it just kind of depends on the person," the Kings say. Same goes for break in the pants. Some guys like more (Dozier) and some like less (Correia).
Back pockets are not meant for bulk. Not only does bulk in the back look tacky, the Kings say, but it will drastically cut into the life of the trouser. Your jacket will out-last your pants, anyway, and the King Brothers make their suit jackets with two pockets sized for any phone or wallet. No excuses.
Side vents over the center in the back of the jacket are a good idea—the jacket will drape better, wrinkle less, fit more closely to the chest without being restricting.
Danny King, Dozier, and Kenny King in the Twins dugout