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June 30, 2013

Kenmore East graduates launch custom-made suit line

KENMORE — There’s nothing quite like the feel of luxury, high-end fabrics, quality stitching and just the right cut to flatter your unique frame. 

Jason Blood knows that when it comes to men’s suits, bespoke is better, which is why, with the backing of businessmen Adam March and Dan Valentine — Kenmore East graduates — he started Bloodline Handmade.

The custom menswear line had half a dozen or so orders already completed even before its June 6 launch date, said Blood, who is originally from New York City, but moved to Buffalo to tackle this business venture.

Blood’s background is in finance and real estate, but he said years of being a customer of fine menswear has given him an eye for the business.

“This is something I’d always wanted to do. I’ve been dabbling in this kind of stuff ... for multiple years so I know the product and what people expect,” he said. “Our price point is probably about a third of what you (will pay) in New York City and London. We have something that is relatively affordable and that gives a great value.”

Blood first started working with March about a decade ago while March was living in Miami. The Tonawanda native said he always went to Blood for advice on fashion and luxury.

“He was always a very stylish guy,” March said of Blood. “He’s got a little flare with his conservativism and he was always my go-to guy for style.”

“He was saying how much he’d like to get into (the custom-made suit) field,” March said. “I think he adds a lot of value in the consultation ... it seems that Buffalo is ready for him.”

So Blood made the move to Western New York in April and right away got started with the help of March and Valentine, who own a slew of businesses from a debt collection agency, Valmar Funding, Construction and Development, the Lux Nightclub and the soon-to-be opened The Lodge restaurant on Chippewa Street. 

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