After many years in the men’s formal wear business, Mikka Moon, owner of both Las Vegas locations of Tuxedo Junction for over three decades, expected few surprises from her occupation.
Recent events proved otherwise when she received an email notifying her that His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco had appointed a new Honorary Consul to represent his famous Principality in Las Vegas, and that the new appointee had asked that she accept the position of Personal Haberdasher to the Consul.
“I had no idea what would be required,” Ms. Moon says with her trademark smile, “but it sure sounded unusual, and exciting!”
Mikka was not completely in the dark. The Consul chosen by the Prince was Jonathan Warren, a life-long local to Las Vegas who first did business with Tuxedo Junction in 1980. Mr. Warren had been back for various purchases over the years, but his new appointment would mean hosting many formal events. This has caused something of an inventory check at Tuxedo Junction.
“Jonathan’s events have always been good for our business. I’m told that now there will also be special collections, out-of-state events and official dress codes involved – not to mention the larger guest lists,” Ms. Moon explains.
Ms. Moon’s first task is outfitting Consul Warren for Monaco’s National Day ceremonies November 18th to the 20th, to which the Consul has been invited by the Prince’s Palace. The two-day affair includes parties at the Palace in Monaco, and “more costume changes than Phantom of the Opera,” as described by the new official Haberdasher.
Almost immediately following the National Day celebrations in Monaco, the Consulate is hosting consuls of several other countries at a private box at the Las Vegas concert of renowned violinist Andre Rieu. Tuxedo Junction is already ordering the items of attire expected to be in demand for and after the event.
Mikka expects lengthy instructions to outfit Consul Warren and members of his guest list for the inauguration ceremony of the new Consulate in Las Vegas. His Excellency Gilles Noghès, Ambassador of Monaco in Washington, DC is expected to perform the official ceremony, at an as-yet undisclosed location.
As for why Tuxedo Junction was chosen, Mr. Warren replies “Mikka has been my formal wear expert for thirty years. I immediately thought of her when asked who could best outfit a few of us who enjoy the occasional white tie classic, and a touch of panache.”
Asked what to expect from the one person in the world who officially represents Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, the new consul smiles, “Get dressed. We’re going out.”