John Hyatt opened its doors in October 2002. Bob’s idea was to create a true Men’s haberdashery like the ones that his late father, John Hyatt Carroll, for whom the store is named and dedicated, told him about as well as the ones he had read about in the many books and novels he had collected over the years. He wanted it to have a clubby atmosphere with plaid wall coverings, pictures and props from a bygone era and the kind of products and service that had all but disappeared from the retail landscape.
The store has evolved a bit since 2002 selling more sportswear than tailored clothing and even adding a Jude Connally women’s shop in spring of 2012.. The atmosphere though remains the same as does the superior customer service and knowledge from both Bob and his staff. Today John Hyatt sells what Bob likes to refer to as “preppy-traditional clothing for the man (or woman)who doesn’t mind standing out a bit in the crowd”.
Featuring traditional men’s and boys sportswear, ties and pocket squares, John Hyatt provides a versatile assortment of classic American and English styles, along with specialty items such as fragrances and accessories. The store carries collections of established brands familiar to the traditional suburban clotheshorse, including Barbour, the royally appointed purveyor of classic British country clothing, with must-have items such as corduroy-collared quilted and waxed cotton hunting jackets. The respected Barbour name is a perfect fit with the John Hyatt atmosphere, and Bob has acquired the exclusive license to carry Barbour in the Summit area. John Hyatt also offers Bills Khakis, authentic duplicates of original World War II issue chinos along with many other styles. Smathers and Branson, which started as a needlepoint belt company has expanded its line to include key fobs, wallets, flasks, coasters, hats and even cuff links, perfect for gift-giving.
Determined to revive the spirit of a true haberdashery, Bob has created a unique environment with the rare combination of product and service that has become all but extinct in today’s era of department stores and trendy, mass-marketed designer labels, particularly in the Summit area. Perhaps the greatest asset of this new clothing resource in the heart of Summit is the invaluable sartorial knowledge provided by Bob himself. With over 20 years of experience in the clothing industry, and an intimate knowledge of fabrics, garment construction and classic style, Bob and his staff provide wardrobe advice tailored to the tastes of the individual customer.