And he wasn't doing it through J. Crew.
De Paris, who's created suits for every president since Lyndon B. Johnson, studied for his profession in Marseilles. He came to D.C. because of love, but found himself homeless when the young lady he followed broke up with him, reportedly bathing in the Potomac and sleeping in a park near the White House.
He eventually found work as an assistant tailor, saved up enough money to buy his own sewing machine -- one he still uses today, NPR reports -- and open his own shop, which sits a couple of blocks away from the White House at Metropolitan Square.
So what did the President order from the famous tailor? Two black suits of finest English wool fabric.
To which, according to de Paris, the leader of the free world said, "I agree with that."
(We can only wonder if the first lady was there, adding her two cents to the matter. )
The tailor with the long, silvery hair did not reveal how much the suits cost, but his hand-sewn suits come with a starting price tag of $3,500.
In the end, the president handed de Paris a pair of presidential cufflinks, at which point de Paris told Obama, "Mr. President, you and me will make history."