Multi award winning Mr Mister Menswear celebrating 25 years in business

Val O'Gorman of Mr Mister Menswear. (Picture: Tom Ryan Casey)

For over 25 years, Mr Mister Menswear has been providing quality boy’s and men’s clothing to the Irish community, first in County Cork and now in County Tipperary. The company’s extensive product range encompasses everything from casual wear like hoodies and polo shirts to formal wear like waistcoats and ties, all of which are of the highest quality. However, the company specialises in formal wear, making it the perfect place to go if you have a wedding, communion, confirmation, or funeral to attend.

In 1999, Mr Mister Menswear was established in Mitchelstown, county Cork, by business owner Valentine O’Gorman. While working at a similar retail business, he identified the opportunity to branch out on his own and fill a gap in the market for menswear, boys’ clothes, and footwear.

Full of enthusiasm and belief, Valentine approached several banks seeking a startup loan, only to be refused. However, determined not to be disheartened, he went to his local Credit Union, who gladly provided him with the funds he needed to begin his journey in business ownership.

Standing at the helm of a newly formed business, Valentine’s first member of staff was his mother, Margaret, who proudly refused to take a wage in the early days of the company. Sadly, she retired in 2018 due to illness but continues to take an active interest in the business to this day.

Valentine is incredibly grateful to have had his mother’s help over the years. He shares: “One incredibly busy debs/graduation season, my mother brought to work her reliant Singer sewing machine. She set it up in the tightest of spaces and got to work on the many alterations, so each young man could look and feel his best. Much to their delight, she accommodated the last-minute dash that some of us males are famous for!”

After 13 years of success in Mitchelstown, Mr Mister Menswear opened another store in Cahir, county Tipperary, marking the start of the company’s expansion. Later, it relocated to a larger, newly built facility in the area. This state-of-the-art premises is spacious and brightly lit, equipped with its own car park, internal elevator, air conditioning, specialised wedding area for private appointments, and many other features that play a role in enhancing the customer experience.

In 2014, Mr Mister Menswear was able to expand further, this time opening a store in Cashel, county Tipperary. The company renovated a beautiful historic building in the area, transforming it into a unique three floor store with old-world style décor whilst staying true to its history.

Sadly, in 2019, Mr Mister Menswear’s original Mitchelstown location closed down due to the maturing of the company’s lease. However, those keen to find some top-quality menswear can visit the stores in Cahir and Cashel.

Today, Mr Mister Menswear is widely known for its vast selection of quality, stylish, and fashionable garments, available in an inclusive range of sizes between XS and 8XL. The company prides itself on its commitment to offering its customers plenty of options. Whether they are seeking something casual, formal, classic, or a bit different, they are bound to find a garment they love either in store or online. With every season, new stock is introduced to its product line, enabling it to keep up with and embrace the current fashion trends.

One of the most popular categories of clothing at Mr Mister Menswear is the wedding section, which features one of the largest collections of wedding attire available in Ireland.

“We love meeting couples, helping them choose their outfits, and making sure that they are ideally suited and perfectly fitted,” Valentine comments. “They trust us to give them choices, sometimes mainstream but often something different, to create an outfit that’s unique for the groom and his wedding party. We absolutely thrive with the pleasure of dressing and colour coordinating a wedding party who have entrusted us with the task of getting their wedding group exactly right for their important day.”

Across all its categories of clothing, Mr Mister Menswear demonstrates unparalleled attention to detail, going the extra mile to ensure that each customer is completely cared for. The company is passionate about what it does and aims to provide customers with the highest level of service and quality. To achieve this, the team spend time making sure that every single customer leaves satisfied with the fit and style of their purchases.

Furthermore, understanding the importance of individuality, they do not force people to wear certain types of clothing based on their appearance. Instead, they show the customer their options and let them decide.

Now, as Mr Mister Menswear celebrates its 25th anniversary, Valentine reflects on some of the positive highlights that he has experienced as owner of the business since 1999.

“We are grateful to have been blessed with so many wonderful loyal customers and, of course, our truly wonderful, dedicated, hard-working team of staff,” he explains. “Together we’ve celebrated births, christenings, holy communions, confirmations, weddings, graduations, and debs, and we’ve supported some through untimely losses and funerals. We feel so privileged in many ways to be able to call our customers our friends and to thank them for their support as, without it, we simply wouldn’t be here.”

Just as Mr Mister Menswear appreciates its customers, it is clear that they also appreciate the company’s high-quality products and outstanding customer service. On Google, its stores in Cahir and Cashel have 4.9- and 4.8-star ratings respectively. The company has also received a multitude of positive feedback over the years.

For example, one customer shares: “We got all our wedding suits from Val and his team in their store in Cahir. They were great to deal with and very helpful. Val and his team took care of everything from fittings to alterations, which really took the stress out of it along with the great advice they offered. Their professional but easy-going approach really made this an enjoyable experience.”

In light of this glowing praise, it is truly no surprise that Mr Mister Menswear has been named Best for Men’s Formalwear in the Irish Enterprise Awards 2024. The company is grateful for the recognition it has received in this prestigious awards programme and believes that it owes its success to its valued customers.

Following shortly after Mr Mister Menswear was delighted to be informed of winning in the 2024 International Wedding Awards.

Valentine adds: “We are tremendously grateful to our valued customers for choosing us. Their trust fuels our commitment to excellence. We appreciate them being part of the journey and look forward to meeting and making many more happy clients.”