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6 Things We Learned From A New Interview With Men’s Wearhouse Founder George Zimmer

Men’s Wearhouse founder and longtime CEO George Zimmer is a familiar face from appearing in his company’s commercials for decades, and now he’s trying to figure out how to take the company he started back. Would the existing suit and tuxedo rental businesses mesh well with his online tux-rental and tailor-dispatching companies? A private Men’s Wearhouse (or holding company Tailored Brands, as it’s now known) wouldn’t have to answer to crowds of shareholders, but would have a lot of debt to pay down. [More]

No more three-for-one deals, but BOGO is alive and well on Jos. A. Bank's homepage.

Men’s Wearhouse CEO Says He Knows How To Fix Jos. A. Bank

Men’s Wearhouse is about a year and a half into its ownership of Jos. A. Bank, and it’s safe to say things aren’t going so well: after layoffs in March 2015, and ending three-for-one suit deals, sales are down, way down. But Men’s Wearhouse says it’s got a plan to turn things around, and isn’t giving up on the suit-slingers at Jos. A. Bank just yet. [More]

Jos. A. Bank Tries And Fails To Wean Customers Off Deep Discounts

Jos. A. Bank Tries And Fails To Wean Customers Off Deep Discounts

Once your customers are used to receiving discounts, it’s really hard to wean them off. Just ask JCPenney, a company that conducted a spectacular nationwide failed experiment in misunderstanding one’s own customer base. This week, Men’s Wearhouse shared the news that their attempt to change the habits of Jos. A. Bank shoppers isn’t going so well: sales are way down. [More]

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Tuxedo Rentals Are Down Because Of Fewer, Less Formal Weddings

The number of weddings relative to the U.S. population is the lowest it’s been since World War I, and tuxedo-rental shops like Men’s Wearhouse are seeing a decrease in their business. They blame demographic patterns, changes in wedding fashion, and changes in the formalwear rental business as a whole for the decrease, and see the trend continuing for now. [More]

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The Former Face Of Men’s Wearhouse Re-Emerges With On-Demand Tailoring Business

He might not be able to guarantee you’ll like the way you look, but George Zimmer, the former face of Men’s Wearhouse, is back and pitching on behalf of his own clothing company, an on-demand tailoring business called zTailors that he thinks is “a hell of an idea.”

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One Year After Merger, Men’s Wearhouse Announces Layoffs At Jos. A. Bank HQ

One Year After Merger, Men’s Wearhouse Announces Layoffs At Jos. A. Bank HQ

It was a little over a year ago that Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank ended months of contentious courtship and merged, with Men’s Wearhouse acquiring the smaller clothing chain for $1.8 billion. Now, the honeymoon is over, and Men’s Wearhouse is laying off or transferring some employees at Jos. A. Bank HQ in Hampstead, Maryland. [More]

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It’s Finally Happening: Men’s Wearhouse Will Buy Jos. A. Bank For $1.8 Billion

It’s here at long, long last! The wedding of the century. Forget those royals, forget that person on TV with a skating rink on her finger: After months of sparring, Men’s Wearhouse is buying Jos. A. Bank for $1.8 billion. Let’s hope the new couple doesn’t get into another fight over who will provide the tuxedos. [More]

Men’s Wearhouse And Jos. A. Bank Finally Talk Merger, Might Make This Thing Work

Men’s Wearhouse And Jos. A. Bank Finally Talk Merger, Might Make This Thing Work

Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, the Mary and Matthew Crawley of the modestly-priced suit world, are one step closer to settling down with each other. After months of courtship that included buying another clothing retailer and competing bids to buy each other, the two companies have finally settled down for a frank chat about joining their retail operations in corporate matrimony. [More]

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Men’s Wearhouse Raises Its Bid For Jos. A. Bank, Tells It To Ditch Eddie Bauer Deal

We’re not sure if this is some kind of awkward mating ritual or a true test of wills, but the back-and-forth between Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank just keeps getting nuttier: Men’s Wearhouse wants Jos. A. Bank so bad, it’s upped the ante and raised its takeover bid by about $1.78 billion. But it’s also saying Jos. A. Bank has to dump its newest fling, Eddie Bauer. [More]

True Love Or Last Ditch Effort To Avoid Takeover? Jos. A. Bank Purchases Eddie Bauer For $825M

True Love Or Last Ditch Effort To Avoid Takeover? Jos. A. Bank Purchases Eddie Bauer For $825M

With today being Valentine’s Day, it’s no surprise love is in the air. And that love couldn’t be any more evident than with men’s clothing retailers. Because when one lover turns down your attempt of a takeover, you move on to the next best option, right? That appears to be the case with Jos. A. Bank, as the company announced today that it would buy Eddie Bauer.

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Jos. A. Bank Attempts To Fend Off Men’s Wearhouse Get Weirder

Jos. A. Bank Attempts To Fend Off Men’s Wearhouse Get Weirder

Everyone was getting bored with the constant drama in the Men’s Wearhouse/Jos. A. Bank saga, and we ran out of “gonna like the way you look” jokes weeks ago. That’s why Joey B. decided to mix things up last week and make what seems like a completely random offer to acquire Eddie Bauer. [More]

Jos. A. Bank Shareholders Like How Men’s Wearhouse Takeover Bid Looks, Sues Board

Jos. A. Bank Shareholders Like How Men’s Wearhouse Takeover Bid Looks, Sues Board

We can’t help it: we really miss Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer and his “you’re gonna like the way you look; I guarantee it!” commercials, and are compelled to make headline jokes about him. Yet since his ouster, it’s been interesting to watch dueling big-box menswear chains Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Wearhouse circle each other in a strange acquisition mating ritual. Each company wants to acquire the other, you see, and one major investor has had enough. [More]

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Men’s Wearhouse Likes The Way Jos. A. Bank Looks, Wants To Buy It

Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Wearhouse sell similar merchandise at similar price points in similar environments (malls), so why should they deny how much they have in common?
The two companies have been circling each other for months now, wanting to acquire each other. Now Men’s Wearhouse has made a second, higher offer for Jos. A. Bank. [More]

Fingers, they are a'pointing.

George Zimmer Clearly Hates The Way Men’s Wearhouse Board Is Trying To Make Him Look

Ever since George “You Only Liked The Way You Looked When I Was At The Company, Right?” Zimmer was booted from his spot as executive chairman of Men’s Wearhouse, he has not been a happy camper. Earlier this week he resigned from the board altogether, prompting his former colleagues at the retailer to issue a statement basically calling him a power-hungry grumpyface. That didn’t sit so well, it seems, as Zimmer has now fired off a letter full of zingers back at the board. [More]

Zimmer to MW: You can't fire me, I quit!

George Zimmer Resigns From Men’s Wearhouse Board; Company Says He Wanted All The Power

George Zimmer has emerged from what must have been a bit of a stewing session after getting fired from his position as executive chairman Men’s Wearhouse last week, the company he co-founded. He resigned from the company’s board of directors yesterday, effective immediately, saying he doesn’t like the way the company is going. [More]

There are no guarantees in life, people.

Men’s Wearhouse Fires The “I Guarantee It” Exec, Guys Unsure If They’ll Like The Way They Look

UPDATE: George Zimmer responded to getting the boot by issuing a statement that he’s far from pleased. In fact, he sounds pretty ticked off. [More]

Men's Wearhouse Alters Your Suit Early So You Can Attend Your Grandmother's Funeral

Men's Wearhouse Alters Your Suit Early So You Can Attend Your Grandmother's Funeral

Reader Michael emailed to let us know that Men’s Wearhouse, for no extra fee and with no hassle, bumped his suit alterations ahead in the schedule so he could make his grandmother’s funeral on time.

Men's Wearhouse Helps Non-Customer, Gains New Customer

Men's Wearhouse Helps Non-Customer, Gains New Customer

Josh in Pennsylvania was in a bind, and needed his suit pressed for a job interview on short notice. Very short notice—he was called on Sunday afternoon for an interview on Monday morning. The store where he originally bought the suit offers free lifetime pressing, but they weren’t open on a Sunday. Trying to find a place that would help him, he made a useful discovery.