An Interview With Stan Rector
The Creator Of Rex Rector Apparel Inc.
(photos: Rex Rector)
Recently I attended the annual Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) in Toronto - An important night to acknowledge Canadians who have made spectacular achievements in the fashion industry over the past year. It’s an honor to be invited again by CAFA as one of the nominating committee members, and like every other Canadian fashion event, it’s my mission to #WearCanadaProud. This year I had Vancouver-based fashion duo Laurence & Chico to dress me for the second time at the red carpet. But I wouldn’t forget to mention my black tie, which was by fellow Calgarian-label Rex Rector. The brand was launched in 2016. Currently the ties come in four main colors: black, red, blue and purple, each packaged beautifully in Rex Rector box. The creator of the company, Stan Rector has a huge passion for fashion retail business. Though living in Florida now, I felt wearing his tie brought a little piece of home with me. Before departing to Toronto, I had an opportunity to listen to his story about how Rex Rector was born.
my piece at the CAFA 2017
What brought you to start a men's apparel business?
“I have always loved nice clothes from an early age. My parents couldn't afford to dress me in brand name, so I think the fact that I couldn’t have them made me want them so much more. Something about how they make you look and feel, is comforting to me. It has always been a dream of mine to start my own clothing line. I tried starting a line called Rex Wear when I was in my early 20's. I was not happy with the sweatshirts that I had originally made, unfortunately I felt defeated and unprepared so I decided to put it on the back burner. Now fifteen years later I am ready to give it a second go, and I understand now the grind it takes to get a company off the ground. I'm more prepared and determined to make it work.”
Tell us a little bit about the Rex Rector Apparel Inc. What is your mission and how is it unique?
“I think I'm different because I am writing stories with each article of clothing that we are going to make. I want there to be meaning behind the clothing. So when people put on something I have made, there is an Idea behind it. For example when they put on a red tie, they don’t just think its a red tie that looks nice, they know is a power tie. I want it to make them feel like there more powerful, when they walk in to a sales pitch or a boardroom meeting. On top of this we have a great product and our packaging kicks ass.”
There are currently four colors available - Will you be launching more? How about other men's fashion accessories?
“We started with a few ties mainly because that is how Ralph Lauren started his empire, and was a huge inspiration behind this venture. On that note absolutely we plan to come up with more, we are looking at ties with different patterns and pocket squares. However our next products, that we are prototyping right now are the made to measure suit and shirts. Were working on suits that are going to have splashes of color in them that will match are ties. I think it will really pop and be a little different than what’s out there. Don't get me wrong things are great when they contrast, but I love when they match.”
Currently where are you selling your products?
“Currently we are selling online on our website at rexrector.ca and mostly in Canada. However we will accept orders from anywhere. We are trying to get in with some retailers, however those plans are just in the works.”
How do you promote the community to support local businesses?
“As of now we promote the community by using local models, photographers and media companies. Also we have teamed up with the local prostate research centre, who we have committed 5% percent of our profits to.”
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