26 Jul Feature: Sabrina Marchetti, Owner of Classy Tuxedos
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Founded in 1919, Classy Tuxedos quickly became everyone’s go-to tuxedo shop around Canada. Today, we talk to Sabrina Marchetti, the current owner of the company, about Classy’s interesting history and how this brand became successful in North America. Keep reading to find out all about Sabrina Marchetti and how she runs Classy Tuxedos today.
AZ: Can you tell us the history behind Classy Tuxedos and who it was founded by?
Classy was founded in 1919 by the Hecht family. The idea of renting garments came from a customer who had a custom suit made but knew he wouldn’t wear it again. He asked the founder if he could rent it instead.
With the years, the rental garments evolved into formal wear and they began specializing in weddings or formal events. The Hecht family grew the formal wear rental business into an empire throughout Canada. It remained in the Hecht family until the mid 80’s.
My father, Tony Marchetti began his career at Classy in the 70’s and learned from the Hecht family. In 1984, my father opened his own formal wear business in Montreal called Avanti Formal Wear. In 2009, my father had the opportunity to buy the Classy name. The Classy name always had a special place in his heart and has renowned reputation across the country. I joined him at that point.
AZ: What is your career background and how did you get into the tuxedo business?
I knew from a young age I wanted to own a business. I have a Human Resources certificate and worked in various industries. I primarily worked in hairdressing and all things related to looking & feeling good.
Furthermore, when I joined my father, it was a natural transition. The timing was right and I wanted to know everything about the business from the get go. As a teenager, I worked at my dad’s shop in the summers but I never imagined that one day I would take over. Today, there is nothing I’d rather be doing.
AZ: Have you always loved fashion? What attracted you to men’s fashion in particular?
Yes of course I always loved fashion! However, an ill dressed man always catches my eye… just like a well dressed man catches my eye. This happens especially at an occasion that calls for formal wear. For me, it’s not particularly about following trends. It’s about dressing for your body shape and paying attention to small details, which makes all the difference.
AZ: How do you go about picking the perfect tux for a client?
We listen to the customer’s idea, we ask a few questions like his role in the event and we ask if they already have a general idea for color. Then, according to his measurements and his personal preferences with the fit, two jackets are presented, which are usually more than enough to help them make a decision.
AZ: How do you suggest a professional accessorize a suit for work?
Accessories must reflect each individual’s personality. Pocket squares are an easy way to change this up and add a little pizzazz. Additionally, in the workplace, clothes must fit well and be comfortable.
AZ: What kind of suit style do you suggest a gentleman wear to a summer wedding?
This depends on the customer and if he wears suits often or not. Summer usually calls for color. Color is definitely a fashion trend in men’s formal at the moment so there are a lot of options such as, blue, light grey and more.
All of our garments are 100% wool, which means it’s a natural fabric and it breathes. Avoid polyester and fabrics that do not breathe when wearing suits in hot weather.
AZ: How do you normally dress for a day at work?
I dress according to how I feel! Some days I’m more glamorous, some more laid back. Often I’m in black because you can’t go wrong with black. On weekends the women at Classy wear black tuxedos and the men at Classy wear various Tuxedos to showcase our diversity. My rule of thumb it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed!
AZ: Which are your go-to shops around Montreal?
I appreciate shops that offer a service with stylists and personalized advice. I always choose a local shop over a large scale franchise. I don’t have any go-to shops in particular. Depending on budget and the longevity of the garments I am looking for, I like to rely on friend’s referrals or even store reviews before I shop.
AZ: What can we expect from you and Classy Tuxedos in the next few months?
Classy is always testing out new services to please our customers because providing outstanding service is out top priority. We are launching our summer promotion next week called SPIN THE WHEEL to add a little fun & excitement for our groom’s experience. Stay tuned for our IG stories! Not to mention, in August we will attend the annual North America Formal Wear Convention in Atlanta. We brainstorm ideas with our peers and see the new looks for the coming year.
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