Archie Sudue, 36
ASudue opened his storefront business, Mel Styles, after operating out of his home since he launched it in 2017. Mel Styles is a custom clothing store that sells hand-tailored suits for men and women. Sudue always has had a passion for fashion stemming from his grandfather, a Vietnam veteran, who he watched polish his shoes and iron his shirts.
“His routine and words stressed the importance of always looking responsible,” Sudue said. “… This perception inspired me to always be well-dressed. Being well-dressed boosts your confidence and self-esteem.”
Sudue worked as a stylist at Men’s Warehouse and at Macy’s tuxedo department. He was recognized as an emerging designer during New York Fashion Week and Miami’s Art Basel Fashion Show. Sudue also is using his passion for fashion to help others.
“I’ve helped and continue to help improve my community by giving back my time and knowledge to help the next generation. I do more than just sell suits,” he said. “I teach and encourage young men to dress well, while providing affordable custom suits. Each year during prom, I provide up to seven suits for the less fortunate kids to be able to attend prom. Annually, I put together a charity fashion show at DeVos Place featuring 15 to 20-plus local designers and business owners.”
Sudue also has volunteered with The Glimpse of Africa, Passion for Fashion Annual Charity Show, Mel Styles back to school barbecue for kids, Urban League and Young Men Dress Well mentorship program.