Today we’d like to introduce you to Ricardo Perez.
Ricardo, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve gone through many different things in life that have led me to where I am today. Ultimately, it was my love for music, fashion and the military that have made me who I am today. When I was younger, I studied music, mostly classical and jazz. I mostly played trumpet and base but was also good with other instruments. My obsession with big band music such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and such artists led me to appreciate their dapper style.
Ever since then, you’d see me in dapper attire. I later joined the Marine Corps, in which I learned discipline and how to correctly be tailored with our strict uniform guidelines. All of that mixed together made my love for tailored suits grow even more. Just like many men, I hated shopping. I wanted to create a personal experience for men where they could have a relaxed and comfortable space for them to come in and get sized up for a suit with great guidance!
That’s where The Dapper Club idea came into play. I was fired from my last job for attendance and figured it was the best time to start this business I had been wanting to start. Three years later, we’ve grown exponentially and are known as one of the most reliable and stylish clothiers in the city!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. Before I began my journey with The Dapper Club, I applied to many jobs to learn more about the suit business. I applied to all the big brand companies to get a position as a suit salesman, but I was turned down from all of them!
A majority part of my journey has been trial and error! I’ve done my absolute best to learn as much as I can to offer the best experience to our clients. Aside from that has been being able to balance a work/life balance. I am a father to a beautiful 2-year-old daughter and trying to work and make time as a father has been a very difficult thing to do.
You find yourself working at home or just thinking about work all the time, you don’t truly get to cherish those moments you have with them.
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