Lachoo Khawani’s love for textiles has taken him across the globe — from his hometown of Mumbai to Hong Kong, from West Africa to Milan, and, finally, from California to Massachusetts. He studied the intricacies of the trade and honed his craft as an apprentice in Hong Kong in 1969. Then, in 1974, Khawani relocated to the United States and eventually settled in Massachusetts, where he opened Komal’s Suits in 1975.
“I worked for a company in California on bespoke suits; I wanted to know more about America,” Khawani explains. “Then I thought, ‘Hell, I can do this.’ So I took a step to start my own business. That’s why they say it’s the land of opportunities.”
Khawani renamed Komal’s Suits, originally known as Sai Baba Clothiers, after he married his wife, Komal. “She stood by me high and low, bad times and good times,” he says. “She stood by my side like a hard rock, like the Rock of Gibraltar.”
Today, the Framingham store’s main focus is producing custom and bespoke suits and shirts. It also offers monogramming, custom jackets and pants, tuxedo rentals and alterations. The shop has 3,000 fabric swatches from which to choose, with textiles from Italy, England, Germany, India and South Korea. The fabrics are from some of “the world’s best mills,” Khawani says, including brands like Vitale Barberis Canonico, Dormeuil, Scabal, Loro Piana and Reda.
“People come into the shop with a picture on their iPhone and say, ‘This is what I want,’ and they get what they ask for,” Khawani says. “It’s like a custom-built car just for you.” When creating a suit, Khawani takes more than 30 measurements and snaps several photos to ensure the final product fits perfectly.
With holiday shopping around the corner, Khawani suggests a Komal’s Suits gift certificate, which never expires. The shop also can monogram any article of clothing, which gives clients an opportunity to create one-of-a-kind gifts for their loved ones. “I sell a lot of gift certificates around Christmastime. People often don’t know what to give,” Khawani says, “but everybody wants a good suit or shirt.”
Khawani even works with past clients who have moved from the area. “My old customers call me up and I send them swatches in the mail,” he says. “I ask them if they’ve lost weight or gained weight and use my common sense to make tailoring decisions from afar.” Locally, Khawani will go to clients’ homes if they are unable to travel to his shop.
“I enjoy my work. I get to meet a lot of wonderful people in my business,” Khawani says. He now lives in Milford with his wife, and they have two children and two grandchildren, including a new grandson who arrived in September. “I love Massachusetts,” Khawani says, “and there are many people who have helped me here over the years.”
Komal’s Suits is located at 331 Worcester Road, Framingham. To learn more, visit komalssuits.com or call 508-872-9669.
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