Tailored for Greatness: The Fashion Mastery of Dion Julian Lattimore

Dion Julian

What do Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Steve Harvey, Mike Tyson, David Justice, Martin Lawrence, Scotty Pippen, and Attorney Johnnie Cochran all have in common? 

At some point in their careers, these iconic history makers have all donned custom wardrobes handcrafted by legendary bespoke tailor and designer Don Juilian Lattimore.

Maker of custom wardrobes for both men and women, Dion Julian is America’s celebrity go to, turning every step they make into a Red Carpet moment. The best part is that Dion Julian has been seamlessly designing his custom-fit wears in Downtown LA and Beverly Hills since starting his business in 1994.

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“When the time comes you don’t have to worry that you don’t know what to wear, you’ll have the confidence knowing that you’ll be dressed impeccably for every occasion.” – Dion Julian

“I just finished making 18 Rams Legends coats for the storied franchise NFL Rams players Marshall Faulk, Jackie Slater, Leroy Irvin, and Torry Holt. Also, Otto Malý part owner of the Rams with Stan Kroenke, is one of my best clients.”

Offering a customized experience, tailored to perfection with personal attention, Dion Julian connects each unique personality to the limitless world of fashion through white glove service and the latest technology, products and services.

Recently, Dion Julian partnered with a world-class manufacturer to distribute Dion Julian Custom Clothing for Knotstandard, allowing online orders of his timeless designs for mass distribution, expanding the brand to Nordstroms, Bloomingdale’s and corporate auto dealerships.

So what does it take to create a name for yourself as one of America’s most sought after bespoke tailors? 

A keen eye for fashion, impeccable taste, decades of experience and of course, timing. Timing is everything. 

“I got my start in fashion as a professional model after I was in attendance to an Ebony Fashion Fair Show, when I saw Peter Moret model I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I started modeling for menswear designer Jonathan Behr”. 

It was 1988 when Dion Julian pursued Jonathan Behr. “After getting asked several hundred times where I got my suits from that I was wearing that Jonathan gave me in exchange to model, I asked if I could become an outside salesman for him because I thought I could sell a lot of suits.”

Behr gave Dion Julian the opportunity to study him as an apprentice telling him he’d have to learn how to do the business of custom if he was going to try and sell it.

And the rest was history…

Tapered to the tee, with precise hindarms seams, inseams, hems and cuffs, whenever Dion Julian stepped out he became a magnet of attention, easily attracting as many admirers as he did clients. 

In February of 1991, GQ published a cover featuring Magic Johnson, Dion Julian’s first BIG client. 

In 1999, Sports Illustrated published “The Tailors at Dion Scott know that clothes make the Player” featuring Cliff Robinson former Allstar player with the Portland Trailblazers. 

Soon after, Dion Julian was recognized in 2011 by Orange Coast Magazine in their Best of the Best issue followed by a cover of his own in Creative Living Magazine “Tailoring Transformation “ in 2015. 

This year, Dion Julian was recognized in People Magazine for dressing and styling Eddie Murphy’s son-in-law Michael Xavier for his wedding to his daughter Bria Murphy and also did his son Myles Murphy for his wedding to Carly Fink in September.

In the world of bespoke fashion, Dion Julian Lattimore has not only dressed legends but has become one himself. With a career spanning over three decades and a client list that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood and sports, Dion Julian’s commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and timeless style has made him an icon in the industry. To think with his creations gracing the most celebrated moments of our lives he’s been proudly representing the best in fashion from Downtown LA all of this time. 

https://www.dionjulian.com

Cover photo by a Shawn Smith

Author: Keri Freeman

Military mom and proud parent, artist, writer, musician and film maker. Cocktail connoisseur. Publisher of DTLA Weekly.