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Retail: Tuxedo Revue in Newhall offers hundreds of suits and proper attire for special occasions

Posted: March 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Tuxedo Revue owner Jeffrey Globerman, center, with, from left, Andrew Farrell, Riley Bowers, Loren Bowers and Wesley Bowers at a bridal show at the Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills in December. On average, Tuxedo Revue, of Newhall, offers an inventory of approximately 400 to 500 suits.

 

Tuxedo-rental shops dot the American landscape from storefronts to shopping malls, outfitting anxious wedding parties, nervous prom dates and adults seeking formal attire for business events.

And while most rental retailers are not much more than storefronts with a few sample outfits and a clerk on hand for measurements, Tuxedo Revue, of Newhall, owns its own inventory.

This allows the formal-wear retailer to quickly adapt to emergency needs of Santa Clarita Valley residents by altering or making same-day adjustments for customers, owner Jeffrey Globerman said.

Maintaining an average inventory of 400 to 500 suits on-site provides shoppers with more style selections and quality suits to choose from.

Mistake creates opportunity
A Santa Clarita resident since 1979, Globerman started on the road of formal attire as a young man when he had to travel to Granada Hills to rent a tuxedo.

“The owner mistakenly rented my jacket twice and called me to switch my jacket for another,” said Globerman. “We became friendly, and he gave me a job.”

He ended up managing the rental store for 10 years. While working in Granada Hills, Globerman noticed a lot of residents traveling down from the Santa Clarita Valley area because there were no local rental shops at the time. That observation led to opening his own store locally.

“Owning my own small business made me a better businessman,” he said. “I learned to buy what the public likes.”

Community-minded
With an average tuxedo rental ranging from $80 to $150, depending on the quality of the suit, Tuxedo Revue also gives back to the local community by discounting rentals for students, and donating suits to local school theaters, homecoming courts and choir groups, Globerman said.

Tuxedo Revue sends out “tux bucks” to schools for prom and formal seasons. The coupons allow students to rent tuxedos at a discount.

The retailer also donates tuxedos to community theater troupes.

“He’s donated a lot over the years,” said TimBen Boydston, executive artistic director of the Canyon Theatre Guild. “We’ve saved thousands of dollars in costuming costs.”

The donations allowed the theater to do shows in period costumes, which increased their production values, Boydston said. He described Globerman as very community-minded.

Courtesy services
Tuxedo Revue also handles out-of-state fittings for wedding-party members using a courtesy-fitting service many tuxedo retailers offer.

Customers can go into Tuxedo Revue or any rental retailer in the nation to be measured for a suit.

Measurements are taken and recorded for an out-of-state rental store so that a tuxedo can be altered and readied in the state where a wedding is to occur.

Tuxedo Revue uses out-of-state courtesy measurements to ready formal wear before events, so that when visitors arrive to Santa Clarita, the tuxedos are ready for all but a final fitting.

Professional measurements are encouraged, Globerman said.

“A man in Alaska used his carpenter’s measuring tape for a tuxedo he needed,” Globerman said. “We had to change every part of that suit when he arrived.”

“If service is No. 1 and you have the right product, there’s going to be value in your business,” Globerman said.

Wedding support
Tuxedo Revue also belongs to Santa Clarita Wedding Professionals, a group of local businesses capable of supplying all of the wedding formal wear, catering, flowers, photography and videography and more that a wedding party needs.

“Brides can order something for every aspect of their wedding through our group,” Globerman said.


The professional business group meets regularly and hosts seminars for brides-to-be, educating unseasoned wedding planners on services, price ranges and timelines for booking services.

Tuxedo Revue’s formal wear was featured in a recent bridal show and the retailer is part of the next wedding seminar being held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Member businesses of the professional organization support each other to build business, calling other member companies to help or fix problems.

“The group keeps business in Santa Clarita,” Globerman said. “I think the wedding business will be even bigger this year.”

Nearly three decades

Tuxedo Revue first opened in Newhall in 1984, and remained at the same location for 26 years. The retailer recently moved to its new store on Lyons Avenue near Orchard Village Road.

“We have been assisting men and boys with their tuxedo rentals for weddings, proms, and all other formal occasions since we opened,” Globerman said.

Tuxedo Revue is located at 23418 1/2 Lyons Ave. in Newhall and be reached at (661) 254-4238. For details, visit www.tuxedorevue.com.

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