Men’s Wearhouse Talks to S.F. Shops

SAN FRANCISCO Clothing retailer Men’s Wearhouse has begun asking advertising agencies to present creative, the company confirmed.

Although not identifying it as a formal review, the Fremont, Calif.-based clothier, which also owns K&G discount clothing stores in the South and Midwest and Moore’s in Canada, has contacted several agencies in the Bay Area, said a Men’s Wearhouse representative, adding that the company wants to see “what is out there.”

Men’s Wearhouse currently works with Red Ball Tiger on a project basis and handles its media buying in-house.

“They’ve been a great client for five years,” said Bob Ravasio, managing director of Red Ball Tiger in San Francisco. “We’d love to continue working with them in the future.”

Last year, the retailer spent more than $40 million advertising its Men’s Wearhouse brand. Another $3 million was spent advertising its K&G discount clothing stores, according to TNS/CMR. The company may launch new advertising for this brand by the end of the year, sources said.

Men’s Wearhouse is currently using broadcast ads created by Red Ball Tiger, and the client representative said it had enough advertising to support it through the end of the year.