Looks from the Black Tux

The Black Tux, an online tuxedo and suit rental company, will open its first brick-and-mortar Midwestern location inside The Tie Bar’s Chicago store on April 1.

The Black Tux showroom will have a staff on hand to help customers try on models from its suit, shirt and shoe rental selections which can be ordered and then shipped to their home or office. The brand also has a showroom at its Santa Monica, Calif., headquarters.

“Our team is really looking forward to meeting our Chicago customers in person, and we’re glad to have found a partner in The Tie Bar,” said Andrew Blackmon, cofounder and cochief executive officer of The Black Tux. “Both of us offer high-quality products at fair prices, and The Tie Bar’s accessories are a great complement to our suits and tuxes.”

As part of the offering, Blackmon said the company will introduce The Black Desk, a new concierge service for wedding planners. “These select vendors will have access to preferred services for their clients, including a personal concierge from The Black Tux to guide them through our process from start to finish, and keep an eye on all orders for the entire wedding party. It’s one less thing to worry about when organizing a wedding.”

The Tie Bar, which is essentially an online furnishings brand, opened its first retail location in its home town of Chicago by converting a successful pop-up shop in Lincoln Park into a permanent space last year. The shop was recently given a revamp, adding improved lighting, custom wood fixtures, reworked displays and a larger assortment on the floor. The shop also features an accessory bar capable of holding over 1,200 different products, a classic cocktail cart fixture, a build-your-own style box offering and a chandelier made of 50 reclaimed vintage glass bottles.

“We’re huge fans of The Black Tux and think they are the perfect apparel counterpart to The Tie Bar; bringing our brands together in time for wedding season was a no brainer,” said Allyson Wicha Lewis, Tie Bar’s vice president of merchandising.