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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hey styleforum --

 

Working on a new project I wanted to get some feedback on...

 

Got married last year and was appalled at the tux rental options. Options were either Mens Wearhouse or a local shop. Both had the same inventory (old baggy tuxes, made from super 90s wool). Because I didn't want the groomsmen in my wedding to spend a fortune we used a local shop and it didn't fare well..

 

As a result, I've been thinking with some tech friends (i've been in the startup/tech scene for a while) about offering a new solution.

 

That would be going direct to the source (I have many manufacturing contacts) and designing a fitted Super 150s wool tux to be rented for less than $100 from an online brand. It would be equivalent of a nice designer tux/suit. On the tech side we've designed an algorithm that fits people well based on a few measurements and body-type questions.

 

Is this something people would use? I myself would (anything to avoid mens wearhouse) - but I wanted to get others feedback/suggestions. Thanks!

post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Andrew Blackmon View Post

Hey styleforum --

On the tech side we've designed an algorithm that fits people well based on a few measurements and body-type questions.

wow, its that easy?
post #3 of 16

You don't need Super 150s wool to have a decent garment. I think the Super 150s fabric will also not hold up well, which is bad for someone who owns the actual garment and plans on getting many rentals out of it.

 

Honestly, I would never consider renting a tuxedo unless I would be allowed to at least hem the sleeves and pants. Unless you allow me to do that to that, I want no part of it.

 

I'm not sure what your fitting algorithm does that isn't already being done better by other online services.

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

Its that easy for a rental tux that will fit better than the current rental market. At Men's wearhouse ost of their tuxes are designed with "room to spare" meaning adjustable waiste and coats that fit many sizes.

post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Andrew Blackmon View Post

Its that easy for a rental tux that will fit better than the current rental market. At Men's wearhouse ost of their tuxes are designed with "room to spare" meaning adjustable waiste and coats that fit many sizes.

So you are going to offer more sizing options, like a classic, slim and extra-slim fit? As far as I know, when you rent a Men's Wearhouse tuxedo, you are renting a sized garment, like a 42 or a 40, not a 40/42. Is this not the case?

 

Also, fitting "better" isn't necessarily good enough. I would like the suit to fit well. If your pants and sleeves are too long, there is no way it fits well.

post #6 of 16
They do that for a very specific reason...
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

I guess I am more curious about people's willingness to rent from a new source.

 

Assuming the tux fit comparably/better then Men's Wearhouse, assuming it was much better quality from a brand you identify with, and assuming we ship 10 days before the event and pay for any necessary hemming or tailoring of the sleeves. Would you then be willing to rent online for a lower price?

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Andrew Blackmon View Post

I guess I am more curious about people's willingness to rent from a new source.

 

Assuming the tux fit comparably/better then Men's Wearhouse, assuming it was much better quality from a brand you identify with, and assuming we ship 10 days before the event and pay for any necessary hemming or tailoring of the sleeves. Would you then be willing to rent online for a lower price?

 

Definitely.  I think currently the rental options are so atrocious that almost anything has to be better.  And what you have proposed seems to be a nice step in the right direction, at least.

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Andrew Blackmon View Post

I guess I am more curious about people's willingness to rent from a new source.

Assuming the tux fit comparably/better then Men's Wearhouse, assuming it was much better quality from a brand you identify with, and assuming we ship 10 days before the event and pay for any necessary hemming or tailoring of the sleeves. Would you then be willing to rent online for a lower price?

If you offer at least 2 fit styles (classic and tailored) and allowed sleeve and pant alterations, then I would be interested. Also, for people on this forum, myself included, you would likely need to offer a proper classic tuxedo with either peak or shawl lapels. Too many rentals have notch lapels, which many here don't like.
post #10 of 16
You know what might simply be more appealing would be a more expensive tuxedo rental option... to be honest though, with how cheap Suit Supply is and how they actually make a surprisingly, nicely cut/fit suit, there really is no need to rent tuxedos for weddings for people on a small budget if they can be purchased for that price. However, as it is a wedding, I still think a lot more should be spent, but not everyone sees it that way.

Cheap rental alternative: http://www.suitsupply.com/suit-black-plain-tuxedo-p1109a/P1109a,en_US,pd.html?start=38&cgid=Suits
post #11 of 16
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This is a nice option, I agree.

 

However, many people rent tuxedos because they in the $125-150 range. When I got married, I did not want to ask my wedding party to fork over $500 so I had to rent.

post #12 of 16
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This is a nice option, I agree.

 

However, many people rent tuxedos because they in the $125-150 range. When I got married, I did not want to ask my wedding party to fork over $500 so I had to rent.


The accessories can easily add on another $500-600, especially if you get some decent shoes.

post #13 of 16
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The accessories can easily add on another $500-600, especially if you get some decent shoes.

Agreed. That means the real diff between renting and buying is more like $600-$1000 v. $100-$200. Unless you get a really cheap tux.

post #14 of 16
By the time you're paying for hemming sleeves and pants and shipping both ways, aren't you looking at at least $50 right there?
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

By the time you're paying for hemming sleeves and pants and shipping both ways, aren't you looking at at least $50 right there?

Lets assume the new "online tux rental" pays for shipping both ways and alterations if they are necessary..

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