Last week, I wrote this story on Cincy Chic about J.Hilburn and I fell in love with the concept – especially since I’ve been wracking my brain for what to get my hubby for the holidays! So, basically, it’s a direct sales menswear company. What makes them different is that they use the same mills as the big-box-store luxury brands, but because they don’t have brick-and-mortar stores, their prices are more affordable. So, you get great quality at great prices.
It’s an awesome gift idea because you can buy a certificate for a custom-made shirt, trouser, jacket or suit (or even accessories like a custom belt!). A J.Hilburn rep (I’ve been working with Porter Castleberry who is SO nice – I highly recommend him!) meets with the recipient of your certificate to do an expert fitting, and helps them pick out the fabrics and finishes they want! My husband has to wear a suit every day to work, and he’s going to love having clothes custom-made just for him, so this is perfect for him! I just thought I’d share in case you’re trying to find a good gift idea for the fashMANista in your life too! 🙂 Click here to check out the story I wrote about J.Hilburn, the company, their products, and the buying process. Feel free to Porter at 513-240-1163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I got the unique opportunity to interview Veeral Rathod, the founder of J Hilburn, while he was in town several days ago. J Hilburn is a custom menswear company that’s sold through independent consultants. Everything from the fabrics, stitching, and sizes are customized. And because they don’t have brick and mortar stores, and they cut out the middle man, the prices are a lot more affordable.
It makes sense that Veeral started the company with a frugal fashionisto (I think that’s the male version of a fashionista! haha!) in mind. He and his business partner (“J. Hilburn”) didn’t start in the fashion industry… they started in the financial world.
Working in a sea of suits every day to work and analyzing direct sales businesses on a day-to-day basis lead them to founding the company. They learned what was and wasn’t working with these companies, from both a business strategy and consumer trends standpoint, and eventually used that knowledge to launch J Hilburn.
It was very interesting to learn – directly from the founder – how they grew the company from the ground up, and are continuing to do so. Hence, why he was in town – to meet face-to-face with his Tri-State style advisors. Also interesting to learn was that the majority of their “style advisor” independent consultants are women. So, if you like fashion and could use a little extra cash, this might be a fun opportunity! Click here to learn more about that and check out the video interview below I did with Veeral!