About Ben

Benjamin J. Lawler is an avid student of human psychology and business success. He was born on a farm in Marion Illinois. He is one of six boys. Ben went to Marion High School and later to Saint Louis University. While at SLU, he studied International Business and Spanish. He also lived in Madrid, Spain for six months where he was blessed with the opportunity to study other cultures around the world.

After graduating college in 2003, Ben began working with Tom James of St Louis. Tom James was founded in 1966 in Nashville, TN. Today it is the largest custom clothing manufacturer in the world and has offices in over 100 cities worldwide. Tom James has grown its business by word of mouth and referrals. Ben calls on clients in their home or office and takes all the time and hassle out of going to the store, providing clients with top-notch custom clothing. Today, Ben is a Regional Vice President of Tom James St. Louis. His team has the opportunity to work with the most successful men & women across Missouri & Illinois. His passion for building people has resulted in creating one of the most successful custom clothing operations in the Midwest.

Ben resides in Town & Country with his wife Becky and two children, Jillian and Jackson. Ben has been a stragegic partner of EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization) and is also involved with the Lymphoma Leukemia Society, USTA St Louis, Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation and the SLU Alumni Association. As President of the St. Louis Suit Project, Ben has been able to help thousands of men & women shine in the St Louis area. As the host of Level 10 Mastery, Ben will share relevant principles on life & business to help men & women become their best all all areas of life.

It’s often said we have just 6 seconds to make a first impression. With this in mind, are you making the most of your 6 seconds?


I come to my clients homes and offices in order to help them build the best wardrobe for their lifestyle without taking up precious time.

Personalized Service:

Private closet consultations to review your current wardrobe, address any repairs or alterations needed, take inventory of the staple garments you currently have in your closet and develop a list of garment suggestions to start building a complete wardrobe that’s perfectly suits your fit and lifestyle.


We are 100% vertically integrated which allows my clients to get the highest end luxury fabrics with a completely custom fit straight from the source.

LinkedIn Testimonials

Ben does great work. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in bespoke clothing! A+++.

Michael Dalton

Partner at O'Leary, Shelton, Corrigan, Peterson, Dalton & Quillin, LLC (Serious Injury & Death Cases)

Sincerely, Ben is a thought leader, consistent, positive, and committed. My personal and professional life is better because of him.

Heather Ewald

MLS student at Washington University Law School

Ben is my brother so I am partially biased. But I believe there are few people on this planet as passionate, energetic, motivated, and focused as Ben Lawler. I highly recommend Ben for your haberdasher needs or life coaching. Ben is 1/1,000,000 and 10/10 in my book.

David W. Lawler

Trial Attorney at Lawler Brown Law Firm

Ben is a top notch guy to work w/ @Tom James Co. Ben took great care of me.

Bill Blankenship

Director of Acquisition Security (M&A) & Adjunct Professor

Look good, feel good, play good’, is a phrase often associated with sports, but in working with Ben Lawler and the Tom James Company, I’ve been able to take this to the professional and social event world. I used to dread having to get dressed up, whether it be for an interview, a wedding, etc. because I never had anything that fit right. Luckily, I was introduced to Ben a little more than a year ago and all of that changed. I not only enjoy the custom fit, very well made suits, shirts, and pants, but also working with Ben. He is extremely knowledgeable and will share advice, if/when needed, which has been incredibly helpful. Every conversation we have starts with what we have going on in our personal and professional lives, and that level of customer service is much appreciated. If you’ve every been interested in perfectly fitting and well made clothing, I would absolutely recommend connecting with Ben. I’m glad I did.

Tony Gaebler

Accomplished Alliance and Sales Professional

I’ve only known Ben for a short time but it feels like I’ve known him for much longer. He goes beyond the basic service approach of most providers. He takes the time to provide much more than quality clothing – he gets to know who you are. He wants to understand your needs and passions. Before I discovered Tom James’ suits, I owned suits. Now, I experience a suit. There is nothing like the feeling you get when you first put on a suit tailored for you. It feels great and looks great. It feels natural. Ben takes that feeling seriously. I don’t regret getting my suits from Tom James; I only regret not getting one sooner.

Bert Purdy

Financial Institution Consultant | Strategic Planning Facilitator | Conference Speaker | Writer | CPA | CTFA | Auditor

Ben spearheads an amazing charitable endeavor (the St. Louis Suit Project), of which we are strong supporters. He is a notable asset to our community here in the St. Louis metro.

Chris Dreyer

CEO of Rankings.io | I Help Personal Injury Law Firms Dominate First Page Rankings | Personal Injury Lawyer SEO

WHERE TO BEGIN? Ben ROCKS! He is extremely dedicated to the happiness and joy of his customers. I love his service mindset and ability to go above and beyond. To know Ben Lawler, is to love Ben Lawler! His level of integrity, ethics and joyful energy make him phenomenal at what he does. And, he is such a stand up guy. Not only is he THE BEST CLOTHIER IN THE WORLD, but one of the best humans I know!

Jess Vogelpohl

Strategic + Organizational Leadership Consultant・Human-Centered Sales Leader ・Learning + Development Guru

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ben on a number of marketing initiatives and he always comes to the table with new ideas that advance the Tom James brand. He’s a thought leader and works to help more people experience the world class service of Tom James.

Michele Stephens

RETIRED - Director of Marketing at Tom James Company

I had purchased top line jacket from my good friend Ben. The work got done on time as promised I enjoy my jackets and will recommend Ben to everyone I know. Keep up a great work Ben. All best.

Jasmin Trifunovic

Senior Audi Brand Specialist at Audi Kirkwood

Ben has impeccable taste. Ben is the kind of guy you want to work with, friendly and knowledgable. His clothes are designed to last years in terms of durability and style. 1st Class!

Justin S. Fowler, CFP®

Principal at CliftonLarsonAllen

Ben, thank you again for the service you have given me over the years. I have had no regrets with any of my purchases and you always make sure I am 100% satisfied with my clothing. From shoes that last for years to the suits worthy of TV interviews, I have slowly realized that custom clothing is the only way to go. You’ve turned a skeptic into an advocate.

Travis Freeman, CFP®

Helping business executives plan to reduce taxes and enhance wealth

Ben really works hard to excel at providing exceptional clothing for his clients. Additionally I have know Ben for over 20 years and he is an extremely trustworthy and dependable individual. If you are too busy to shop, like I am, then Ben would be an invaluable asset for your business attire needs.

Jon Meneese

Vice President, Global Commercial Lead at Syneos Health

Ben does an excellent job of understanding my needs and offering appropriate solutions. I would recommend Ben to anyone who cares about how they look.

Aaron Zigler

Founder and Managing Partner at Zigler Law Group, LLC and Mediator at Neutral Corner Mediation Services

Ben has consistently provided me with a top of line product. He brings to the table great knowledge and a love of what he does. This equates to his great results.

Adam Lawler

Attorney at Lawler Brown Law Firm

There’s never been a more professional, consistent, pace setting example than that of Ben. His unwavering dedication to his company and his clients is what makes Ben the most sought after clothier at the Tom James Company in St. Louis. I’d buy clothes from that guy ANYTIME!

Michael Barkin

Positivity wins

Ben, is one of the best up and coming leaders in Tom James! He embodies success principals. Ben is loved by his co-workers, his clients and friends! His enthusiasm for his career is amazing. We are fortunate to have him as a partner!

Robert Stueve

Custom Clothier Tom James Company 26 Years

Other Testimonials

Tom James has been a godsend to me in my professional life. Buying formal clothing has always been difficult for me. As with many, my body type doesn’t fit into a common mold that allows me to buy suits off the rack; at least, not if I want them to fit properly and look great. My hobby is weightlifting, which keeps me healthy but makes formalwear a nightmare. Further, with my busy schedule running a law office and raising two children, I have little time to buy things for myself. Tom James blessed me with in office convenience and a perfect fit, custom business formal wardrobe. Further, and most importantly, I look awesome and that translates to increased confidence and better performance in a courtroom and in life in general.

Aaron Hopkins

I’d like to thank Ben Lawler of Tom James St. Louis for his absolutely incredible work in meeting my needs for a new suit. Ben came directly to my house with a great smile, lots of materials to choose from and a competitive price. He assisted me in selecting a pattern, and a complete look. He took my measurements and promised delivery within a certain window.

As Promised, Ben delivered my new suit a few weeks later, and let me say that this suit is the nicest, best fit suit I’ve ever owned. As a lawyer, I have to wear suits constantly, and I feel like I finally have the right fit. I most definitely will be seeing Ben again for an excellent suit!

Ryan Hall

Attorney at Law

Ben has provided amazing customer service from day one! He treats me like I have been a client for years. The service and clothing are first class!

Andrew Hoy


One of the biggest reasons I chose to go with custom tailoring, is the fit. There is nothing in the general market that fits my structure. I could almost never find a blouse that would fit my waist and my chest, let alone that combination with arm length. For dresses and pants, I’ve always had to size up to fit my hips, yet shrink the waist and shorten the length in order to attempt a decent fit.  Read More

Jennifer Keegan PhD

Tom James Company

Tom James Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of custom clothing. We make high quality custom suits and custom dress shirts for busy professionals in St Louis and the surrounding areas. We also provide all of the furnishings needed to complete your custom look. Ben comes directly to your home or office, saving you valuable time.