The history of Men’s Wearhouse
1973 At age 24, George Zimmer founds Men’s Wearhouse with only $8,000 and a single three-month lease in Houston, Texas.
1975 The first Men’s Wearhouse television commercial airs.
1981 After opening 12 stores in Texas, Zimmer expands out of state into San Francisco, Calif.
1986 During an ad-libbed TV commercial, Zimmer coins the tagline “I guarantee it!”
1992 The 143-store Men’s Wearhouse becomes a publicly traded company.
1995 “You’re going to like the way you look” is added to the tagline.
1996 The company adds a value-priced clothing division.
1999 Men’s Wearhouse expands into Canada with the purchase of 113-store Moores.
2001 Men’s Wearhouse first lands on Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For list (and has stayed there ever since).
2002 The company incorporates a tuxedo rental component into virtually all stores.
Men’s Wearhouse launches e-commerce.
2004 Men’s Wearhouse institutes its Perfect Fit rewards customer loyalty program.
2007 Formalwear chain After Hours is acquired by Men’s Wearhouse, solidifying it as the largest national tux rental chain.
The company takes over two Houston-area dry cleaning chains and rebrands them Men’s Wearhouse Cleaners.
2008 Men’s Wearhouse holds its first National Suit Drive and makes matching shirt donations to men in need of interview attire.
2011 The company extends the brand with the addition of Men’s Wearhouse Big & Tall.
Doug Ewert succeeds George Zimmer as CEO; Zimmer remains as executive chairman.
2012 Men’s Wearhouse begins strategic formalwear partnerships with Vera Wang and The Knot.
Four outlet centers open under the Men’s Wearhouse outlet brand.
Joseph Abboud is named creative director.