FEATURED VENDOR | An Interview with Anthony's House of Formals

An interview with Aldo Segama from Anthony’s House of Formals   |   Thursday, July 17, 2014

My two cents before we get into this interview: Hands down this place rocks! My husband and I reserved a “tux block” for our wedding last summer because we wanted a “Black Tie preferred” wedding. We knew the first thing guests would mention is, “But I don’t have a tux!” So we set up a tux block and most of the guests took advantage of it. Everyone looked sharp because their attire was measured correctly and the best part was how easy it was to work with Anthony’s House of Formals! We used to their Cranston location because it was more convenient for us but they also have an East Providence location as well. Since our wedding, my husband has rented through Anthony’s House of Formals for attire for my cousins wedding as well as our Trash the Dress session {don’t worry, we didn’t trash the tux}!


Q: How did Anthony’s House of Formals start?
Anthony’s House of Formals opened in 1942 in conjunction with Helene’s Bridal Shoppe in East Providence. My family bought both businesses in 2004 and at eighteen years of age, my father gave me full reign of the tuxedos. I studied at Johnson & Wales University and graduated in 2008 with my Bachelors in business management and continued to grow the East Providence location. In 2011, I decided it was time to expand Anthony’s House of Formals and opened up the Cranston location.

Q: What types of event do you service?
A: Tuxedos and formal attire has been becoming very popular. Usually, our two major events are proms and weddings. However, since Hollywood is helping out the formal wear industry with movies like “Great Gatsby” and movie stars wearing more formal wear on the red carpet our clientele is increasing to black tie events, holiday parties and corporate events. The great thing about the formal wear industry is that every client is usually excited for a night to get dressed up and go out on the town.

Q: Who is your ideal client?
A: Our ideal client is someone who is willing to take risks and try different styles. Usually, men think that all tuxedos look the same but when they see all of the different styles that we offer it can get overwhelming. So having a client that is willing to experience with different styles is definitely a plus.

Q: Any 2014 fashion trends we should elect to see?
A: In 2014 the bow tie is definitely a huge trend! Gentlemen are going back to basics with classic black and white with a touch of color with a tie or pocket square. The designers have also made the tuxedo a little bit more modern with sleeker lapels and slimmer fitting non pleated pants. These new designs are now being made in super wool which is a light weight riches fabric that is contouring to the body.

Q: What makes Anthony’s House of Formals different from say a Men’s Warehouse?
A: Anthony’s House of Formals is a family owned and operated business. We own our own inventory which is definately one of the highlights of our stores. This means if something needs to be adjusted or changed out at our final fitting, we can usually do this i under one hour. Also, we worked directly with the designers when purchasing new inventory, so each and every tuxedo and accessory is handpicked by myself to be displayed in our stores. Anthony’s is also a member of the International Formal Wear Association.

To contact Anthony’s House of Formals:
Aldo Segama {Owner}
Two Locations:
685 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920           401-946-ATUX (2889)
84 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914  401-431-ATUX (2889)



Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC is a wife-and-husband photography team located in Providence, Rhode Island. We’ve been providing wedding and portrait photography services in and around Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Boston and more for over a decade.

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