Loves Clothes But Hates Shopping

For many men, shopping for new clothes is seen as an unavoidable chore that takes up valuable time from their weekend. However, is set to make clothes shopping online a far more enjoyable experience.
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Ashby de la Zouch - Leicestershire - England

Jan. 25, 2011 - PRLog -- For many men, shopping for new clothes is seen as an unavoidable chore that takes up valuable time from their weekend – time better spent watching/playing sport or socialising with mates for example. However, a new menswear website is set to make clothes shopping online a far more enjoyable experience and one which avoids the hassle of having to return poor-fitting items. is the brainchild of Matthew Randall, a 28 year old from Warwickshire more interested in playing rugby than shopping for new clothes at the weekend. He started Marbu to answer a problem he’d found with online shopping: “In some items I’m a medium yet in others I’m an XL - there’s no consistency in sizes across brands. Coupled with this is that us men are inherently lazy with sending clothes back“. Indeed, with industry insiders claiming online return rates for casual wear in excess of 25% , the problem of not being able to physically try garments on is a major concern for online retailers and one which puts a lot of men off. “I set about creating a website that would allow men like me to order more confidently online, providing a unique application that would show the fit and look of a garment before they make their purchase”.

Creating a business to support such a website was not to be plain sailing though, especially in the midst of a recession. “I knew that finance would be hard to come by, but the actions of a certain high street bank almost left my dream in tatters. I had just committed to some premises and then the bank informed me that they would no longer be providing the necessary funding”. Luckily for Matthew, NCGE’s Make It Happen programme provided resources and advice. “The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity was a great find and it was refreshing to speak to people who wanted to listen to your business idea, not just pop the numbers into a computer and let it decide”.

With the opening of a ‘bricks-and-mortar’ retail outlet (called Marbu Clothing) in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, the foundations were set for and in October 2010, the website was finally launched with brands such as Duck and Cover, Henleys, Fly53 and Drunknmunky stocked. “We were over 3 months behind schedule but I wanted to get it right. I’m certainly pleased with the results!” Matthew should be pleased. Against the odds (he has no previous experience in the industry) he’s managed to create a menswear business with a unique feature that really works. Upon registering and entering their details (a guide is provided), users can view how a product will look and fit their physical features simply by clicking ‘Wear it!’. The upshot is that users are able to select the correct size according to their own tastes. So, with the VAT increase attracting a lot of attention and retailers concerned for 2011, what does the future hold for “Hopefully 2011 will give the site the exposure it needs to let men play more sport and do less shopping at the weekend for good!”.

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Online Menswear Retailer based in the UK. Stocking brands such as Duck & Cover, Drunknmunky, Fly53, Henleys, Junk Food, Zanerobe and Full Circle.
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