High-End Men’s Fashion Store in Chevy Chase Scheduled To Close in February

Master tailor Eduardo De Pandi will focus his attention on custom-made clothing business


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A master tailor who has spent decades selling high-end clothing in the D.C. area has announced that he plans to close his Chevy Chase store in February.

Eduardo De Pandi decided to shutter DePandi after watching a steady decline in retail foot traffic past his store at 5518 Wisconsin Ave., according to a news release.

De Pandi of Bethesda will continue to take appointments for bespoke and custom-made garments; this portion of his business has been experiencing significant growth, the release stated. “Bespoke” is a higher level of fitting.

“It’s bittersweet. He’s really excited to expand his custom-made business, because that’s really his specialty,” Nikki De Pandi, Eduardo’s daughter-in-law, said Thursday. “But he’s been a retailer for 40 years. Retail isn’t what it used to be, so you’ve got to keep up with the time, and this is definitely a good move for him.”

Nikki De Pandi, DePandi’s store manager, said she isn’t sure who will move in to occupy the space once the clothing business leaves.

Eduardo De Pandi, an Italian immigrant who began training as a tailor at age 9, has had store locations in D.C. and White Flint before he brought the shop in Chevy Chase. DePandi is scheduled to close Feb. 28 after liquidating the store inventory.

Nikki De Pandi said he hasn’t yet decided where he will base his new venture focusing on custom-made clothing.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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