April 30, 2012
1. What's involved in renting a tuxedo for prom?First, they typically pick out a vest and tie that match their date's dress. They can do that by selecting something from the four companies we offer tuxes from. Then they pick out their tux from that company's choices.2. What is the pricing for a tuxedo?They are $60 and up.3. How long does a fitting take?Usually about 10 minutes.4. What's involved with a fitting?Here, when we fit customers, they try on each piece — the shirt, the pants, the coat, the shoes if they are renting those too. We measure and then order the size that will work for them.5. Do most guys know their size coming in?No, most of them don't know — that's why we don't just ask and order what they say. We measure them first to find the size. We also have to sometimes show them where a tux pant is supposed to be worn. Some kids really like to sag, but usually, they can be talked into wearing it correctly. We measure before we order, and then when they come to pick up the tux, we always ask them to try it on just to be sure.6. How many guys do you fit for tuxes for prom?We don't count them because we also have a lot of weddings we fit for during this time. I'd say we have several hundred come through here in the spring for a tux — either prom or wedding.7. Do most go the tradition route or do they want to get creative?You know, most are pretty tradition. They all pretty much wear a long tie, although I get a few who want a bow tie. Occasionally, I get someone who comes in and requests the unfillable — like they want an orange or blue tux. Every year we always get one couple that wants to really stand out, but tux companies don't stock what isn't in demand. Every place that does tuxes around here gets them from a company in Cleveland — nobody has stuff in the backroom except samples.8. Do the guys pretty much pick out what they want or do the girls kind of tell them what to wear?The girls sometimes come in with their dress. If it's more a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, the girl will sometimes come in, but if it is just a date for the prom, usually the guy comes in with his mother and has a picture of his date's dress on his cellphone. Ultimately, they have to pick the colors, and we have literally hundreds of colors to choose from. We even have camo.9. Can you handle extremes in height?I've never had anyone come in that we couldn't get a tux to fit them.10. What happens to the tux when it is returned?We ship it back to the supplier. They send us a clean tux, and we send them back a dirty one.11. What's the worst shape in which a tux has come back to your store?Well, once a whole bridal party tore the tails of their tuxes up to the collar. People think since they sign a damage waiver, they can do whatever they want to it, but that is only for accidental damage. If you destroy a tux on purpose, you have to pay for it. Most people are pretty responsible.You can comment on this story at www.LimaOhio.com.