Sewing machines are running at full speed and every stitch is perfectly placed at tuxedo in Latam. Owner Anthony Commisso makes sure every tuxedo or suit fits him like a glove.
“We always adjust everything because we don’t want something to happen that we wouldn’t come out on our own,” Commisso said.
Business is booming at the tuxedo shop, which has been a staple of the Capital Region for decades. As weddings and proms make a big comeback, Commisso is seeing a huge influx of customers, this after more than two years of cancellations and industry uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Commisso has been impacted by these cancellations as a business owner and father.
“I have triplets that were in 2020, so they missed their whole last high school game,” he said. “It was really disappointing as parents, but it was really painful watching our kids, you know, they were involved in musicals and all sorts of things. It’s the rites of passage, the proms, the discounts of diplomas.
He has been an integral part of the community for over three decades, ensuring men look their best during life’s greatest moments. Her boutique has weathered the ups and downs of the wedding industry and even the uncertainty of the pandemic. He said it was a scary time for everyone in the wedding industry when COVID-19 hit.
“I was in panic mode,” he said. “We refinanced our house to be on the safe side. We had no idea there would be relief money, how PPE was going to work.”
COVID-19 completely changed the wedding industry and wiped out high school proms for nearly two years. More than 82% of marriages were annulled in 2020 and 2021. But this year around 2.5 million marriages are expected to take place, which is the highest since 1984.
But, Commisso said one of his busiest years was 2016. And with his experience and with a newly renovated store, he’s more than ready to ride the wave. Even during peak season, he says he will continue to offer his one-on-one consultations to brides-to-be to ensure their wedding vision comes to life. Antonio Lanzi and Rachel Mcnair are just one of many Commisso couples in 2022, ensuring they have the perfect day for their October wedding.
“We’ve been booking wedding after wedding day after day and the prom kids are starting to arrive,” he said. “So excited about how this year is going to turn out.”
Meanwhile, in Saratoga, Megan Mosca is new to the wedding industry. She bought a clothing alterations store, WillfitUin, from her former boss, during one of the toughest times in the business. Mosca’s love for sewing began as a passion project and quickly evolved. She graduated from fashion school during the pandemic and has never looked back.
“My mother always encouraged crafts and art,” Mosca said. “And when we went to visit my great-grandmother, we always quilt by her side.”
It’s her first full wedding season, and she’s already feeling the crunch.
“Right now, I think we’re at 285 [brides]so it’s already a record year for us,” said the owner.
And it’s no small feat to make sure the perfect dress has the perfect fit, all in time for the big day.
“The lace bead zippers, everything you see that makes up the dress needs to be removed and then put together for the perfect fit,” Mosca said.
She says a big help has been the creation of a digital booking system that allows her clients to book their appointments directly online on its website. She says this is a particularly important feature, as she suggests starting edits earlier than usual.
“We used to recommend starting modifications two to three months in advance and now we have people starting six to eight months,” she said.
She says this is the start of a rush that will last for years, it will definitely be a moment to remember.
“I think we’re just the tip of the iceberg,” Mosca said. “So we’re just rolling with the punches and it’s been great. I mean definitely a better year for us to get into the industry and really make a name for ourselves.