Come See Us at Waterloo Inn Sept 20th

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Getting married in Kitchener Waterloo? Come see us at theWeddingRing.ca upcoming event on September 20th, 2015.

We will be there between 11 am – 5 pm. Come get fitted in person and see our wide selection of fabrics. We have over 200 different fabrics to choose from all 100% Wool. Our books also include name brands such as Vitale Barberis Canonico, Cerruti, and Dormeuil.

Everyone that comes to see us at this show will be entered in to our draw to WIN 1 FREE suit for their wedding!

See you there!

Local Menswear Business Launches Despite Kickstarter Failure

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Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO — Three local men who tried to launch a menswear business with a crowdfunding campaign didn’t let failure stand in their way.

Daniel Byrne, Julian Corredor and Christopher Norkett fell short last November in their attempt to raise $80,000 through Kickstarter to start Gentlemen of York.

“Without funding from Kickstarter, we had to look into other ways to bring our designs to life,” Norkett said.

“In November we spent a month in Europe visiting different suit factories. We ended up finding one in Italy that would make suits on demand, thus not needing us to raise as much funds to get started.”

The trio, all in their 20s and living in Kitchener and Waterloo, visit homes and offices with fabric books for custom orders of suits and dress shirts. Corredor worked for three years at Stars Men’s Shops.

“Since we’ve had success with this model, we have now expanded into our own line of ties, socks, and accessories,” Norkett said.

Business is going very well, he said.

“This month it’s really taking off. It’s definitely the season for getting suits.”

Suits range in price from $250 to $2,500.

For every suit sold, Gentlemen of York donates $30 to Keep a Child Alive, a charity that provides treatment, food and support to children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. Gentlemen of York donates $1 for every accessory sold.

The business hopes to donate $5,000 this year.

Keep a Child Alive was chosen as a way to remember Byrne’s mother, Kathy Shane, who died last June when her car collided with a transport truck on Homer Watson Boulevard in Kitchener.

Shane always gave back to the community, donating to Anselma House women’s shelter, helping out at the local soup kitchen and wrapping Christmas presents for underprivileged children.

The business can be reached at gentlemenofyork.com.

gpaul@therecord.com , Twitter: @GPaulRecord

Interview with the Gentlemen of York

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The coolest new men’s fashion group you mightn’t have heard of- yet- is set to take over the suit-making world and save children’s lives in the process. I recently had the chance to speak with the inspiring founders behind Gentlemen of York to get the 411 on who they are and what they’re all about…

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So start by telling us how Gentlemen of York was born and what your fashion mission is…

We founded Gentlemen Of York in June 2014. We were three ambitious young entrepreneurs looking to add and inspire a new design of clothing for young professionals to the market. The idea was to combine a strong corporate philosophy while maintaining our social responsibility to give back to people that need it most. We built the company from the ground up with no help from third parties, all in house web, server and design development, allowing us to ensure 100% quality oversight from design conception to production.

Tell us about the brains behind the designs…

CCOThe designs are intended for people who want that slim style and want the high quality. Essentially European made productions at a great price.

Julian Corredor, our designer on board, began forming designs to meet the specific needs of a smaller gentleman/lady while taking into account that no matter what your size is, he can make you look slim.

Sounds like magic!

 

We have started off making men’s suits custom tailored that can be purchased either online or booking an appointment in person and via webinar/skype. But we won’t stop at only suits. We’re looking to broaden our collection in the coming years to incorporate what we feel provides people with an exclusive look and great quality. We stand strongly by our quality and workmanship. When you purchase a suit with Gentlemen of York, you’re not only buying a custom suit, you’re getting our signature design and our promise to make you the best you can look in a suit. We’re with our customers from start to finish and want to build a long-term outfitting partnership with each unique client.

There are so many DIY fashion companies popping up online all over the place these days…what makes Gentlemen of York unique?

bar7Our initial focus was to make the online experience simple and easy to use.

When we looked at our competitors’ websites we found that the current experience you get will show you a lot of options that let you try and create a combination that might look good but there’s a lot of uncertainty involved. It’s a good method if you are practicing to be a designer and have an innate fashion sense but still doesn’t provide guidance when it comes to making a professional suit look good. With our designer we have put together some of the best combinations to bring out the best in every gentlemen.

Take us step-by-step through the on-line suit ordering process…

bar26We’ve condensed our buying process to be as simple as possible to ensure ease of use. Our customers’ first step would be choosing a style and fabric from our collections page.

Next, they can add custom finishes to the design before adding to the shopping cart.

Upon processing checkout we collect your measurements and send the order to our manufacturer. Our highest quality suits are custom made to order from our partner factory in Europe.

The suit will then be manufactured and delivered right to your door within 3-4 weeks. For our customers’ convenience we will also have the ability to book a Skype or in person fitting with our personal tailor.

And what about one-on-one personalized attention? Can users connect directly with a Gentlemen of York designer or client service team member?

bar9In addition to a simple customer experience we’ve made ordering with Gentlemen Of York more personal. In a world moving towards mobile we’ve integrated our online help service. At any point in time you can request online assistance directly with us, we will be available 9am-9pm EST to help service anyone who has direct questions about our product, ordering and payment. Anyone can and should feel free to reach out and connect directly with our team of founders as well.

What are your plans for the upcoming year? Will Gentlemen of York be offering any offline services or trade show opportunities where folks can learn more about the brand in a more up close and personal way?

bar20Absolutely. Gentlemen Of York will be fully launching our website May 2015. Right now you can book an appointment and we offer socks, ties, and accessories online. We will start touring our local areas and setting up traveling tailors. Wherever the demand is we will be there! We will also be participating in a number of trade shows and bridal shows towards the end of 2015. Our main focus is to build brand awareness online and establish a strong network of online friends as well as offer some original promotions that you don’t normally see in our industry.

As you mentioned, a major corporate philosophy of Gentlemen of York in addition to building a seamless for-profit fashion business is to give back and do your part in aiding humanity. Can you tell us in more detail about your current philanthropic mission?

With our website nearly ready for launch, we’re excited to finally sell suits and live up to our social responsibility of donating a percentage of our profits to charity. With every suit purchased we will donate $30 to Keep A Child Alive, an organization we feel is working hard at eliminating the fight against HIV/AIDS. By donating to the KCA we know that our mission doesn’t stop at “PROFIT”. Our mission helps to better those that were not so lucky to be born in a 1st world country.

That’s an admirable and awesome objective. Many for-profit companies and particularly fashion companies promise to donate some profit but not all of them pledge to consistently donate to a partner charity with every purchase. Can you elaborate how you’ll continue to further this mission?

_39B7339Our partnership with KCA started when we launched a Kickstarter campaign trying to raise money to open up our men’s fashion line. We’ve been fortunate enough to have a chance to work with some wonderful people within the KCA organization, always willing to help us succeed so we’d like to give a big shout out to the entire KCA team!

In the coming years we would love to have a steady flow of donations pouring into the KCA to help as many children as we can with their monthly treatments for HIV/AIDS.

In addition to your KCA partnership, can you give us any insight into future Gentlemen of York corporate social responsibility goals?

Our immediate goals are to of course continue our efforts to help the KCA and eventually open up scholarship funding for orphaned teens giving them the chance to attend college and receive a degree!

Our long-term goal, once our brand reaches the global market share, is to open facilities that help underprivileged youths throughout the world, starting in Canada and working our way outward on a global scale. There are too many children and people struggling on a daily basis in our world and it’s unfortunately been this way for many years. It takes some dollars to help out and that’s what we’re here to do. Profit isn’t everything and we want to do our part.

Check back soon for more updates and purchasing info from Gentlemen of York.

 

Look your best and save a life

By: Liz Ganschow

The Waterloo’s Best Custom Fit Suits

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Thank you to everyone that supported us on Kickstarter. We are truly thankful for all the love and support we have received from our fans. Unfortunately, we didn’t reach our goal so we weren’t able to begin production. The good news is, that hasn’t stopped us. Here’s what we’ve been working on:

We have built a relationship with a new manufacturing partner that could better fulfill the needs of our business. This will allow us to make suits on demand without needing to buy material upfront. We can now offer personal measurements for every suit and have it ready and at your door between 3 – 4 weeks. Our business partner from Europe is using only the finest materials from Italy to craft the most stylish and luxurious custom made suits available online.

Here is what you can expect to see from us in the future:

Phase 1 | Launch – Custom Made Suits

  • Website will be live and ready for orders
  • Launch our first collection of men’s  custom suits
  • Our stylist will be on tour within south western Ontario for personal fittings
  • Being able to book personal appointments with our stylist

If you would like to get notified for when we begin phase 1 then sign up to our mailing list http://eepurl.com/80he9 You will also receive a $25 Gift Card that you can use towards your first purchase!

And just like before, with every suit purchased we will be donating $30 to KCA from our profits.

– The Gentlemen of York

 

Menswear Business Pays Tribute To Charitable Mother

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Waterloo Region Record

By Gordon Paul

WATERLOO — Daniel Byrne’s mother, Kathy Shane, always gave back to the community. She donated to the Anselma House women’s shelter, helped out at the local soup kitchen and wrapped Christmas presents for underprivileged children.

She died in June after her car was hit by a transport truck on Homer Watson Boulevard in Kitchener. She was 56.

When Byrne and two friends came up with a plan to launch an online menswear business with funding through Kickstarter, they wanted to remember Byrne’s mother.

They decided their business would support Keep a Child Alive, a charity that provides treatment, care, food and support services to children and families affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India. Byrne, 26, said his mother often told him he was fortunate to be born in a first-world country and he should do his part to help people who weren’t so lucky.

“I wanted to do something in memory of her and really push a cause that can help not just a community but globally.” The business founders are Byrne, of Waterloo, Julian Corredor, 20, of Waterloo, and Christopher Norkett, 27, of Kitchener.

For every suit sold, their business — Gentlemen of York — will contribute $30 to Keep a Child Alive.

As of Tuesday afternoon, $12,257 had been raised through Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding website. The campaign began a week ago. The business will launch if $80,000 is raised by Nov. 3.

The trio think contributions will pick up now that Keep a Child Alive is starting to mention them on social media.

Gentlemen of York will get more publicity on Saturday when the trio does a Reddit “ask me anything” session with Keep a Child Alive chief executive Peter Twyman.

“I think it’s feasible,” Corredor said of the chance of hitting the $80,000 target.

Their campaign is listed on Kickstarter as a “staff pick.”

Rewards for giving to the campaign range from three pens and a shout-out on Twitter for a $5 pledge to a suit, jeans, dress shirts and T-shirts for a $999 pledge.

Gentlemen of York lists on Kickstarter what it will do if it reaches certain benchmarks.

If it raises $250,000, the business will create a scholarship fund for children in orphanages.

At $500,000, it will open a showroom in Toronto.

If $1 million is raised, it will be an adrenalin rush in more ways than one.

“This would be incredible,” the business owners wrote. “We would be able to help thousands of lives and provide you with the best suit you’ve ever worn. If we cross this goal, we will jump out of a helicopter in our first promotional video. The goal is to raise awareness of our brand and the cause that we are driving.”

Gentlemen of York will sell suits, dress shirts and jeans made in Europe.

“We have that slim fit that nobody has — only in Europe — and I want to bring that over here,” said Corredor, who worked for three years at Stars Men’s Shops.

Can Buying A Suit Save A Life? – We Believe It Can

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3 young entrepreneurs need your help to fund their “Gentlemen of York” project

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raising $80,000 in 30 days can seem like a challenge but 3 gentlemen from Waterloo think that it might just be worth the risk.

 Gentlemen of York / Co-Founders Left to right, Chris Norkett, Julian Corredor and Daniel Byrne (PRNewsFoto/Gentlemen of York)

Julian Corredor (20), the Creative Director behind Gentlemen of York has designed what they’re calling the “The Madison.”  A refreshed look of the modern man’s suit. A slim fit design that you can’t find in stores.

“Designing a new suit wasn’t enough. We really wanted to start a company that can make a global impact.” says Daniel Byrne (27), the Executive Director behind Gentlemen of York, “This is why we’ve partnered with Keep a Child Alive foundation.” With each suit sold Gentlemen of York also abbreviated “Go York” will donate to the Keep a Child Alive organization. With each donation they will be able to provide a month’s worth of HIV treatment for a child in need.

After months of prototyping and working with their manufacturer in Europe. Go York is now ready to travel to Europe to finalize the design and begin production. “It’s been a long process of phone calls and e-mails but the quality of our product was certainly worth the wait.” says Christopher Norkett (27), Director of Operations of Gentlemen of York. The founders behind Go York have been using personal funds to get to this stage of the project. They have decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the funds needed to lower the cost of materials and production. With stronger buying power they can lower cost while maintaining a high quality product.

Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model so if the Gentlemen of York project doesn’t reach its goal at the end of 30 days then Byrne, Corredor and Norkett go home empty-handed. Be sure to follow them on Twitter (@GentsOfYork) and Facebook to follow their progress and make sure to spread the word to your social media networks.  Consider donating as little as $1 to help their project come to life.  If you decide to donate more, you might be among the first in the world to wear the Madison with the Gentlemen of York.

If you’d like more information about the Gentlemen of York Project, or to schedule an interview with Daniel, Julian or Chris please email info@gentlemenofyork.com or send them a Tweet@GentsOfYork.

Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/1EmUfAt

About Gentlemen of York

Daniel Byrne studied Business Marketing at Conestoga College and currently works as a Corporate Store Manager in Waterloo, ON. Christopher Norkett studied Business Marketing at St. Lawrence College and Business Analysis at Seneca College and is currently working as a Corporate Store Manager in Cambridge, ON.  Julian Corredor has been in the menswear industry for over 4 years and has been designing apparel for the past year. Their diverse range of skills and experience makes them a great team to tackle the challenge of bringing a new style to the fashion industry.

About Keep a Child Alive

Keep a Child Alive (KCA) was founded in 2003 by long-time AIDS activist Leigh Blake and 15-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys. The organization began as an emergency response to the HIV epidemic, raising global awareness about the urgent and unmet need for HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa, and granting funds to community-based organizations to provide free, life-saving treatment to keep people living with HIV from needlessly dying. KCA’s work has since grown to include the critical components necessary to support successful, life-long HIV treatment: comprehensive clinical care, psychosocial support, and nutritious food. The organization provides financial and programmatic support to nine innovative, grass-roots partners in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India to fight the physical, social and economic impact of HIV on children, their families and communities. KCA and its partners are currently providing services to over 40,000 people, and their work has directly impacted the lives of over 300,000 people. With the help of its supporters, KCA continues to use its voice to raise awareness, mobilize people to take action, and rally resources in the global response to HIV.