Peter Abruzzo Introduces “The Tech Tuxedo”
What defines a mogul? What defines an innovator? If I could summarize my definition of the two, Peter Abruzzo would be the answer. As CEO of Xedo, an online tuxedo rental company, Peter Abruzzo is changing the game as we know it. His dedication to anything he sets his mind to is second to none. His sphere of influence is massive. From formal wear to bridal to banking and everything in between, he has influenced success and created defining moments for many industries. In the words of Mr. Abruzzo, “Xedo is poised well to revolutionize the tuxedo rentalindustry.”Xedo was inspired by leveraging the impeccable heritage of ACS Clothing Group. It was established in Glasgow two decades ago and has evolved from a Scottish wholesale supplier into UK’s leading provider of formalwear. Peter Abruzzo’s success dates back to an early age when in 1979, he took over his Grandfather’s tuxedo rental company formed in the 1920’s. He recalls this as a defining moment in his journey. At the age of ten, Peter wanted to be involved in everything business. He embraced every aspect of running his grandfather’s company and had a huge appetite to learn as much as he could from the people he looked up to most: his grandfather, a master tailor, and his father, a marketing genius. Some of these valuable lessons have stood the test of time and continue to influence Peter’s decisions today. Peter took this store and turned it into 550 storelocations in record breaking time, becoming one of the highest grossing formal wear companies nationwide.Prior to Xedo, Peter was at the helm of his consulting firm for over a decade. He worked alongside CEOs of formal wear and bridal powerhouses, helping to lead the exponential growth of each brand. With an eye for business model analysis and restructuring, some of Peter’s accomplishments include facilitating the integration of David’s Bridal and After Hours, as well as being instrumental in the turnaround of a division of Men’s Wearhouse, more than doubling revenue.His plans for the future include expanding its celebrity partnerships and diversifying its product suite to include suit rentals. Having already built the #1 formalwear company in the U.S.,Peter’s goal now is the help build the #1 formalwear company in the world. By combining the creative talent of today’s top designers with the industry-leading ability of ACS Group, Xedo is offering a higher-quality, better-fitting tux; a Perfect Match accessory color matching system; and 100% online wedding party management. Xedo will reinvent rental worldwide, enabling partners tomeet the needs of today’s digitally driven Millennial clientele.
His advice for you future entrepreneurs: always follow your dreams. Never give up and always give everything you do 150%! The most important thing is to find something you love to do and do it well—something that makes you want to jump out of bed every morning to get to work and need to be reminded when it’s time to leave. Take the word “No” out of your vocabulary. There’s always a way to make it happen…find the right people to align with and the answer will come.
XEDO – The Ultimate Tux Rental Experience
Xedo is revolutionizing the tuxedo rental industry with high-quality, flawless-fitting, yet affordable men’s designer formalwear delivered directly to your doorstep nationwide. Accessible via Xedo’s cutting-edge online platform, the brand has a wide array of fashion- forward looks to meet every need, from prom and graduations to weddings and any other special occasion.
By partnering with the top dress designers, Xedo is able to ensure perfect match color coordination with today’s top hues. Xedo also boasts a huge assortment of sizes – from big and tall to slim and small – so everyone can look and feel their best.
Each product line features a carefully curated selection of tuxedos, most made expressly for Xedo, using the finest fabrics and old-world tailoring. Styles reflect the signature look of each designer, made to complement their bridal gown collections.
With a nod to the brand’s British heritage of impeccable craftsmanship, combined with the American creative spirit, Xedo’s designs are masculine and modern, sophisticated and sleek. Tuxedos start at $95 for the jacket and pants, with packages ranging in price from $170 to $190 for the complete look, including accessories. Xedo’s current designer brands include:
- Alfred Angelo ($170) – This collection features two classic tuxedos styles with notch lapels, complete with color-matching accessories in the brand’s impressive array of over 60 hues. Displaying a timeless look, this collection is made with a Super 120s wool and fine wool blends in black and gray.
- Allure ($170) – Utilizing beautiful Super 140s wool and fine wool blends, this collection of fashion-forward, slim-fit tuxedos has a refined look all its own. Distinctive lapel detailing in both notch and peak styles features a narrow grosgrain trim for a stylish flair. Tuxedos come in black, slate blue, tan, and three shades of gray.
- Justin Alexander ($190) – With a satin lapel, flat-front pants and elegant details, this collection of tuxedos provides classic style with a modern twist. Tuxedos include striking satin buttons on the cuff with real button holes, unheard of in the rental market. Made of 100% super fine wool, these stunning lightweight tuxedos come in black and gray.
- Michael Kors ($190) – Made with Luxury Venetian Super 130s wool, this collection of tuxedos incorporates a ¼ inch satin trimmed notch lapel for a sophisticated and modern look. Boasting the top-quality design expected from this renowned fashion favorite, this line of celebrity-inspired styles come in black, gray and navy.
- Mon Cheri ($170) – Constructed with fine worsted wool and Super 120s wool, this eye-catching collection features a unique grosgrain notch lapel with matching buttons for an elegant, high-end look. A coordinating vest and tie complete the chic appearance. Tuxedos come in black, gray and navy.
Accessories – from vests and cummerbunds to pocket squares and bow ties – are available in a wide range of colors and can be mixed and matched to tell a personalized color story.
Men are given the choice of five different white tuxedo shirts in various styles and fabrics, including a microfiber option with a woven-in pleat. This distinctive detail offers a polished look, without the meticulous maintenance normally associated with pleated shirts. Shoes come in black with a matte or patent finish and brown with a matte finish, designed with a cushioned foot bed and mid-size width for extra comfort. Sizes ranging from 3-68 to accommodate both children and adults. Proprietary algorithms minimize sizing errors and hone in on a customer’s correct measurements from the start to guarantee the perfect fit. Offering unbelievable value, packages include a jacket, pants, cummerbund or vest, neckwear, shirt, studs & cufflinks, pocket square, shoes and socks. Pricing is complete – from the tux and accessories to shipping and handling – so there are no surprises.
Xedo’s innovative online platform allows customers to preview and rent their selected styles at their own convenience. The best part? Tuxedos are delivered coast-to-coast, and shipped two weeks before the event to allow plenty of time to send new size options free of charge if the fit is not perfect on the first try. For men unsure of their tuxedo size, Xedo’s website includes a convenient “How to Measure” video.
A superior formalwear solution for today’s busy bride and groom, Xedo makes dressing the entire wedding party simple, stylish and stress-free. Complete online management of everyone’s looks enables couples to avoid the hassle of coordinating appointments, payments or fittings for groomsmen across the country. In addition, the interactive Tux Builder makes it easy for couples to design the groomswear style for their special day. A complimentary “FREE Home Try-On” months in advance allows grooms to see how the product looks and feels in person. The groom’s tuxedo is even free with a registered wedding party of six or more.
For more information, as well as to create sample looks with the online Tux Builder or order a free “FREE Home Try-On”, log onto www.xedo.com. Xedo can be accessed via any internet-enabled device, from PCs and laptops to tablets and smartphones.
Xedo is a manufacturer of high-quality, flawless-fitting, men’s designer formalwear delivered directly to your doorstep, revolutionizing the tuxedo rental industry in North America. The brand’s innovative online platform allows consumers to preview, rent and manage wedding, prom and special occasion looks at their own convenience, providing a black tie solution for today’s busy man. Xedo is available online at www.xedo.com as well as through select bridal and fashion retailers nationwide. Xedo is a division of ACS Clothing Group, Europe’s largest provider of men’s formalwear. The brand operates a 240,000 square foot distribution facility in Memphis, Tennessee, near shipping partner FedEx, guaranteeing formalwear delivery coast-to-coast. For more information, visit the website or call 1-844-784-8087.
TUXEDOS GONE TECH: XEDO
Still looking for Tux for your special day? With nearly 40% of engagements taking place between November and February, a revolutionary new concept is offering men a smarter way to suit up for the big day. Xedo offers online rentals of high-quality, flawless-fitting, yet affordable men’s designer formalwear delivered directly to your doorstep, coast-to-coast. Xedo’s one-of-a-kind platform offers a unique online shopping experience, filling a niche for today’s time-crunched, yet fashion-focused millennials.
About 80% of US grooms and groomsmen prefer to rent tuxedos. Xedo serves as the ultimate formalwear solution to make dressing the entire wedding party simple, stylish and stress-free. Xedo’s interactive Tux Builder is an easy and fun way for couples to design the groomswear style for their special day. Complete online management of the bridal party eliminates the hassle of coordinating appointments, payments or fittings for groomsmen across the country. Busy brides and grooms get to keep their sanity – and their Saturdays – overseeing their bridal party looks from the comfort of their own home or device.
Wondering what to expect this season? Designs from Xedo’s debut collection are both masculine and modern, sophisticated and sleek, with unique details. According to Kelsy Zimba, Xedo’s Creative Director, key trends will include striking grosgrain and satin trim lapel detailing, beautiful fabric buttons with real buttonholes on the cuff (unheard of in the rental market), matte shoes and the comeback of the cummerbund. The designers include Michael Kors, Mon Cheri, Justin Alexander, Angelo Alfred and Allure, with complete collections including accessories and footwear.