Capstone – Project

Research Business Opportunity in Wedding Attire/Formalwear Space

A Collaboration Between

Engagement Synopsis

OUR COMPANY
Founded in 1989, we are a fully vertical menswear manufacturer with offices in Long Beach, CA and New York, NY as well as our own fabric mill and garment factories in Asia. An important part of our company’s overall business is formalwear and weddings/special occasions driven, which has obviously been challenging given how so many events have had to be postponed this year due to the pandemic. Our normal product categories include:

Tuxedo and dress shirts
Regular neck ties
Bow ties
Formalwear accessories (i.e. cummerbunds and vests)
Pocket squares
Tie bars
Cuff links
Lapel pins

Right before the pandemic escalated, we were also starting to plan the addition of tailored clothing (suits and tuxedos), which is really the last major category on the dress-up side of menswear that we don’t currently produce and sell.

With the turmoil of the retail industry right now, we’d like as much as possible to develop our direct-to-consumer business. An important component to this is identifying strategic partnerships that could help us accomplish this goal.

The scope of this project involves researching potential collaborations. We’d love to hear your insights on what you think of the 3 sites/companies below as far as how they’re currently set up, what they do well, what they might still be missing, and how we could potentially partner with them in a mutually beneficial way. Put yourself in the shoes of the customer – if you were getting married and you had to plan out what the groom and groomsmen were going to wear to coordinate with the bride, bridesmaids, and the overall wedding color scheme, what would you look for and how might collaborations with these sites help offer that?

THE PROJECT
Thoroughly research the following sites/companies:

Zola
The Knot
Birdy Grey

Specifically, please recap their company backgrounds and address the following key questions:

How/when were they founded?
Who owns them?
How big is their current business?
How financially stable are they? What is their growth trajectory?
What are their major initiatives?

Complete a SWOT analysis for each.

End Goal: To determine the viability of a collaboration with any (or all) of these 3 companies to provide them with the attire and accessories for the groom/groomsmen’s side of the wedding.

As you conduct your overall industry research, please feel free to add any other companies that you discover who you feel could also be promising prospective partners.

Company Information

CompanyExcalibur
HQNew York
RevenueN/A
Employees8
Stage5
Hiring PotentialN/A
Websitehttp://www.awchang.com

Company Overview

Founded in 1989, we are a fully vertical menswear manufacturer with offices in Long Beach, CA and New York, NY as well as our own fabric mill and garment factories in Asia.

Industry Mentors

Company Admin

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Course Info & Engagement Details

SchoolMasters in Business Administration (MBA)
Engagement Format -
CourseMBA APPLY Interterm (FALL 2020)
LevelGraduate
Students Enrolled120 Enrolled, 4-5 per group per project
Meeting Day & Time10/5 - 10/8/2020
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration0.43 Weeks

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Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Submission
Official Project Kickoff

Official Project Kickoff

We'll web conference company senior leadership into class to introduce the company, meet the students, and discuss the project goals.
September 22nd, 2020 Event na
Final Presentations Final Presentations
Students will present final insights to the company's senior leadership. Please upload the final deliverables.
December 21st, 2020 Submission Required submission-required

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