George Zimmer may have been unceremoniously ejected from Men's Wearhouse, but he still cares about the way you look.
The founder of the ubiquitous clothing chain is now making fashion house calls. Zimmer just launched zTailors, an on-demand, app-based service that sends a tailor to your door to work magic with ill-fitting clothes.
"It's Uber for tailors," Zimmer told The New York Times.
Using the website or app, customers schedule a tailor to come to their homes or offices for fittings to alter shirts, jackets, pants, dresses, skirts and overcoats. The new and improved garments are returned in a few days. Prices are fixed with zTailors receiving a 35 percent commission.
Zimmer is the chairman of the new sartorial venture. The flamboyant businessman is known for his role as the Men's Warehouse spokesperson where he promised, “You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.”
“In the closets of Americans, there is billions of dollars’ worth of apparel that has accumulated over the years,” he told the Times. “It doesn’t all appear on the good side of the closet. It doesn’t all fit. That’s either because it has shrunk, or you have grown.”
So far, the service is available in 19 states and the District of Columbia. There are reportedly 600 tailors in the network with a goal of 1,000 by the end of the year.
But those with ill-fitting and unworn clothes aren't the only ones who may benefit from Zimmer's new venture.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a tailor who works in a department store is about $38,000 a year. Zimmer says that his new site may be able to double that income.
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