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About Us

Formally Modern Tuxedo is an independently owned formalwear operation, with each locale tailored to meet your needs. Whatever your tastes, Formally Modern Tuxedo offers superb quality and the most fashionable garments. Grooms, groomsmen, men who have to go formal for any event – everyone will find themselves more at home at Formally Modern Tuxedo than any other menswear store.

Formally Modern Tuxedo takes an old concept and makes it new again - specifically that means putting the customer first. It means attention to detail and knowing a face instead of just an order on a screen.Everything from the custom-designed stores to the top-of-the-line merchandise is geared toward smoothly guiding you through the process of renting or purchasing men's attire while totally taking the pain and dread out of the experience.

How do you take the agony out?

Valid questions. No surgery required. We’ve made it a great environment with a big screen  TV, wi-fi, the right fashions, wedding invites at 50% off, awesome accessories  and a salesforce that gets it. We’re working to make it pleasant for guys and girls to shop with us. At the same time. Amazing, but true.

The right styles.
You prefer classic to modern, slim fit, black or grey? You’re not sure? We have you covered whatever your tastes may be. Our salesforce is not letting you out the door unless they think you look like a million bucks. They’re very particular. Fun, but particular about fashion. It’s a healthy attribute to have when you’re in the fashion business. And, you may have already noticed, far too uncommon in retail stores. Go figure.

From The Beginning
Formally Modern Tuxedo is an independently owned company comprised of a number of industry veterans with over 150 years of combined experience in men’s formalwear in the Chicagoland area. The group most recently comes from another men’s  retailer that was purchased by the May Group, and then was sold and purchased again in early 2005 by Federated(Macys), then sold again and then consolidated. You probably get where we’re going here. A corporate behemoth that sucked the life out of a smaller business.

What’s all the fuss about being independently owned?

Formally Modern Tuxedo came to be because a group of formalwear industry veterans were increasingly frustrated with huge conglomerates taking over privately owned stores and turning them into impersonal templates run from executive offices in other states. When a men’s formalwear chain has to compete with over 900 stores under its corporate parent’s banner to get attention, it might be difficult for customers to get exactly what they need.

At Formally Modern Tuxedo, each location is tailored to meet your needs with a salesforce empowered to make decisions about your specific order. You’re not dealing with the mindset of a huge conglomerate but individual locations that cater to you.

Thank you

To all of our customers, we thank you for your support. Our goal is to do everything in our power to meet your needs and make this experience as pleasant as possible. Please let us know how we are doing.

Why Us

Why should you use FMT instead of someone else? I could talk a lot about the quality of our garments, the experience that our staff has in this business and how great everyone will look in our clothing. We offer all that and so much more.

We are local. Our garments are local. We are just down the street when you want to see what the groom will look like ahead of the wedding or when you find out today that your company wants you going to a formal function tomorrow. Situations happen and sometimes planning ahead is not possible. So your best man gets sick the morning of the wedding and you need to replace him – no problem, we can have a new tuxedo or suit ready for you within the hour.

Community. We are your neighbors and part of your community. Our staff is comprised of local people who support and pay back to the local community. Our tax dollars go to the local schools, police departments, fire departments and government. We care and contribute to our neighborhoods and our local charities and organizations.

Be recognized. We will get to know you, your tastes, what you like, what you don’t like. In other words we will develop a relationship with you and give you the recognition you deserve when you come into one of our locations. Come in, relax and enjoy the attention –after all you are worth so much more than a just another online order lost in the system where someone definitely doesn't know your name.

Money Talks. We know that you work hard for your money and it can be difficult to make ends meet. Weddings, in particular, are expensive. That's why we keep our costs reasonable but do not skimp on quality. We offer a variety of garments that not only suit your tastes, but also suit your budget. We will work with you to customize a package and offer incentives to make sure this is the perfect fit for you and your party.

Empowerment. We are not only a local business who employs local people but a small business started by a woman, the CEO is a woman and supports women (and supports everyone) who wants to succeed and exceed at a career. We do not answer to investment firms or shareholders - we answer to the people who matter, our customers.

It All Adds Up To This. The most significant reason? - We Care. We work hard, stay long hours & make a lot of sacrifices but this is not a job nor is it "work" to us. We love what we do, we love this business and we love and appreciate our customers. Let us show you the difference.