SAGINAW (WJRT) (1/25/2018) - A long-time Saginaw clothing store is getting some high-profile help as it launches two new lines of suits.
Saginaw Suits and Alterations has operated at 402 N. Michigan Ave. for 31 years. It's now branching out to the sports and entertainment industries.
"You don't have to buy a custom suit for a thousand dollars to look good," said Mak Hamd, whose father owns the store.
He got in touch with Richard Sherman from the NFL's Seattle Seahawks through the football player's agent. Hamd began to design suits for Sherman.
"I sent him products for every game, he wore them and people started commenting on his pictures: 'You look great, you look great,'" Hamd said.
Mak Hamd works at the Saginaw clothing store that his parents own. Sal Hamd said his wife Frieda tailors the suits.
"Before they put the suit on, we tailor the suit completely," he said. "She tailor it completely all the way. When he got it, it fit just perfect."
Sherman was so impressed with the suits, especially with a silver sport coat worn at the ESPY Awards, he called Mak in Saginaw.
"He bought 500 suits from me and from that day, we are actually launching it on Monday," Mak Hamd said.
One line will be called RSPCT by Richard Sherman, a clothing line where half of the profits will go to Sherman's nonprofit organization.
"These labels are all hand-sown here in Saginaw," Hamd said. "This suit is constructed here as well."
He has also started The Dennis Graham Collection.
"I introduced myself to him, 'I'm from Saginaw my father and I do a lot of clothing and fashionable clothing,'" Hamd recalled of his first meeting with Graham.
Dennis Graham is less well-known that his son, the singer Drake.
"That is so exciting to have Richard Sherman on board in Saginaw, and especially Drake dad's," Sal Hamd said. "That's really great, too, you know. It's beautiful."
He is happy that his son has taken an interest in the clothing industry.
"He's taken it to a second level, higher level than I am," Sal Hamd said. "When he told me Richard Sherman, I said, 'What? How did you get Richard Sherman? I can't get anybody from Detroit myself.'"