John Hyatt first opened its doors in October 2002. Founder Bob Carroll'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 stories 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 Peter Millar Crown Shop in the Fall of 2013. In February 2020, Thomas Nascone, a longtime John Hyatt sales associate, took over the operation to continue the 18 year legacy set forth by Bob. The atmosphere though remains the same as does the superior customer service and knowledge from the welcoming staff.
Featuring traditional men’s 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 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 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.