Edited by menswear2613 - 3/15/16 at 7:53pm
There's nothing proprietary to MW about what you've described. You're basically describing how basic retail behavior works.
I wish I had more time to craft this post in a more positive way, But, I don't have time. But, this forum is about helping one another out, so I'll post it anyway. Your "offer" comes across as incredibly pretentious. You're a college student with very minimal industry experience. You believe you have a great sense of fashion and believe your research into fashion and your very limited experience as a part time consultant makes you an "expert" on men's fashion. Your "company secret" knowledge amounts to basic retail sales behavior.
I would suggest a better approach would have been to provide your insight on other peoples' posts when you felt you had a good opinion to provide instead of trying to instill yourself as a go-to fashion and MW expert and suggest people come to you for advice.
I'm making the assumption (maybe incorrectly) that you're 22 or younger and the only fashion training you have is what MW provided and your own research. That's not that strong a resume, in my opinion, for a thread like this. I think building up credibility based upon advice you provide in other threads would have been a smarter choice. Just one person's opinion. Do with it what you will.
I want to reply to all the comments on my thread.
First of all, I want to apologize and say that in no way did I want to come off as arrogant, cocky, or pretentious.
Secondly, I freely admit that I am no expert or should be writing for a menswear blog or website. I simply know that many readers of this site have a problem with Mens Wearhouse due to the crappy quality, annoying salesmen, and for other reasons. I just figured that I could answer questions about the company if readers had any, and try to provide value in that way.
As for sales tactics, many MW salesmen should be avoided. I think this goes without being said, but many are there simply for the sale, and not to help you "Like the way you look"
For example, there is a fellow salesman at my particular store who will mismatch a suit jacket with the wrong pants from a suit separate simply because he is too lazy to order in the correct pants from a different store, or unwilling to look in the back of the store for extra product. This same salesman nearly harasses customers--even when they come in to pick up their alterations. One example which made me roll my eyes was when an older gentleman came in to pick up a tailored suit and the salesman hands him the suit and says, "would you like a nice scarf with that?"
I hope to continue to receive questions about products and quality of items within the company. I hope to provide helpful information in that regard. By no means did I try to make it sound like an expert.
I know. I have been chewed out by my boss for ringing my own sales.
At my store in particular, I like to ring my own sales because I can ensure that the prices I have told the customers are correct. Many times the sales associate misses an alteration charge, or gives away an item for free which isn't----resulting in me being chewed out. I do not like it.
You would think so....
Here is how the process runs if you were to come shop with me.
1. I greet you at the door, and you say you need a suit. I figure out your needs (interview, work ect) and I take measurements
2. I pass your neck/sleeve measurement to a sales associate, as well as your need for the garment, who then goes and puts together the looks.
3. You and I try on suits and we get the tailor to make the markings for the adjustments.
4. When your changing back to your normal street clothes I double check the stack if I have time----at this time I normally either like the stack, or re-do a lot of it
5. You and I go through shirts and ties that would work with your suit.
6. An associate (normally the one who put together the stack) rings you out. I put your suit on the Alteration rack.
The problem is when a sales associate is either new, doesn't care, or has a strange sense of "style" that I can't understand. 7/10 times, I go and re-do most of the stack myself because when I look at some of the combos....I scratch my head.