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Woodward Von Hooderschmidt
· September 19, 2017
I rented my suits from Formal Education for my wedding last week, and all I have to say is WOW. These guys are the pinnacle of customer service in Chico! From the day my wife and I walked in to get pr...icing all the way through our wedding, there was always someone at Formal Education to help us along the way.

We first met with Aveed, the store owner, and he walked us through all of their options. We also visited Men's Warehouse. Formal Education was almost 25% less expensive and had way more options. We made a number of changed over the months before our wedding as my wife ended up changing our colors. We spoke with Beau at the store and he said it wasn't a problem at all to make changes.

Two weeks before my wedding, Aveed texted me with pictures of our wedding outfits to make sure everything looked right and gave us a heads up on when the rentals would be arriving which was nearly a week ahead of our wedding. It gave us plenty of time to get my groomsmen in and fitted. We had one size change for one of my groomsmen who had lost quite a bit of weight since our first fitting months earlier. Aveed ordered the alteration and his new pants arrived the next morning. I had two groomsmen who got their measurements out of town and Aveed offered to ship their rentals to their homes as they weren't arriving for the wedding until the night before.

We couldn't be happier with the way our wedding turned out or with the service we received at Formal Education. We even got haircuts and shaves at their barber shop on Friday to get cleaned up for the wedding. These guys do it all. I would give them six stars if I could.

If you're trying to decide where to go for rentals, check out the local guys before corporate. Not only will you save money, but you'll receive a level of customer service unparalleled in Chico.
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Kayla Pronsolino
· January 14, 2016
We went to FE after a very disappointing trip to men's warehouse, which we had only gone to because most of our groomsmen live out of Chico and there are multiple locations for them to choose from.
A...nyway, from the moment we walked in we were enthusiastically greeted by Russell who gave us wonderful, knowledgable service. He gave us ideas and opinions after asking about our venue, the 'feel' of our wedding and about the groomsmen themselves. Needless to say, we are having all the guys come to Chico to be fitted and arrange their rentals from FE.
Chico is lucky to have this place.
Well done Formal Education!
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Ryan Patrick Kennedy
· July 24, 2015
I'll be revisiting both, this fine establishment, as well as this post. I only recently moved back to Chico, and from my first experience on, hands down Formal Education provides one of the best custo...mer experiences. The owner is often in, engaging with the local crowd, managing a very knowledgeable and friendly staff, greeting most by name, as they enter the industrial designed shop. There is even a "classic" styled barber shop right inside the boutique. (Haven't had my hair cut, so couldn't give feedback much further). Overall, an exceptional business model, with great style. I look forward to the many future visits. See More
Rylan Morabito
· December 11, 2016
Won a really nice sweater in their holiday giveaway! Went in to pick it up about five minutes before closing and the guys working were super kind and welcoming! Definitely will be going back to something when I have more time to look around :) See More
Brandon Johanson
· January 29, 2017
Went in to take advantage of there bogo this weekend and get some suits for my wedding. First of all Aveed was absolutely amazing, very helpful and very friendly. Made the experience super comfortable... and fun, and knows his product very well which is huge in my book. Although the suit buying process was amazing the best thing I left with was a new pair of boxers by Saxx. The best pair of underwear I have ever owned hands down. See More
Dan Cavanaugh
· March 11, 2017
If you really want to be taken care of in downtown Chico...when you're looking for high-quality clothing and formal wear. Avid and his staff are absolutely wonderful. A welcoming environment is fille...d with very classy and well-chosen music for the right ambiance...

Avid along with the rest of the gang are super experienced in the tasks they perform from seamstress/ tailor to Cutthroat Claire the hairdresser and barber. Who gave me the best hair cut of my life the selection of extremely stylish clothing and cool citchy items.

Very elegant but relaxed experience...


Daniel F.Cavanaugh esq.
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Rory Crowley
· December 24, 2015
First Review: "Our experience, with my wedding day, and all that came before it, was terrible. Somehow the most important day of my life was not ruined by the disorganization and mismanagement; I'm su...rprised that this place has such good reviews. Perhaps our experience was an isolated incident, though rest assured: I will never give another cent."

Updated and Amended Review: Aveed Khaki, one of the owners of Formal Education, reached out to me personally after my first post. His intent was simple--figure out what happened with our experience and rectify it as best as possible. He showed intentionality, genuine concern, a willingness to get to the bottom of what happened, and most importantly, he showed humility. I am somewhat new to the area, but I have learned that Aveed is a mover and shaker kind of guy, successful, and if he continues to care this much about his customers, he will have one of the most successful businesses in Northern California, and likely beyond.

I amend my review to a four star, and over the next year will be shopping at FE to see if we can get to the fifth. One thing is now for sure: Aveed gets five stars for making things right with me, and with his business.

Cheers, brother. Keep it up.
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Peter Delle
· February 6, 2015
Really friendly staff, good atmosphere, good deals. The thing I didn't like is customer service, specifically communication to me about my order. I spent hundreds of dollars and was never updated on t...he delivery. They told it would be in at a particular time and that time would come and go, I'd just never hear back. Overall, this issue negatively affected my over all experience. See More
Devin Morrow
· October 29, 2013
Best store in town! I love everything they have, and I would buy it all if I could afford it. I stop by all the time because the people who work there are super friendly, and I love to see all the new... stuff they are constantly bringing in. Definitely check it out if you have a chance, you won't regret it! See More
Nerissa Quinn
· June 27, 2017
Thank you Aveed for the most beautiful wedding outfits. Everyone absolutely loved them. My hubby looked so hot!
Melanie Renee Billingsley
· December 5, 2016
I love this place! The customer service is excellent, and they have some awesome stuff. I will be going there for my shopping this weekend
Robert Solis
· September 17, 2015
Great customer service, amazing people, and fantastic menswear. Want to dress like a gentleman? This is the place to shop in Chico
Christopher Fenske
· December 9, 2016
They are the best around. Very professional, and their sales empathy is extraordinary. Love working with them and asking for recommendations because they get it right every single time. Thankful for l...ocal businesses that are of this caliber. See More
Nicholas Hatch
· December 16, 2015
Shop at this store all the time! Wonderful very friendly and knowledgeable staff that will go above and beyond to help you find what you need! Clean store and great atmosphere
Mariachi Campesino
· January 28, 2017
Formal Education is my new favorite store in Chico!
Thanks for being a part of our wedding in such a special way. I'm looking forward to sporting my new suit then. Lex and I are thrilled! Thanks again!
Jeff Sierra
· February 13, 2014
I was flying out for meeting on Tuesday and I called about 6:05 PM when they were closed. I told them that I was flying out early in the AM and needed some shoes for a big meeting. George stayed lat...e and opened just for me. Class act + quality products. See More
Cara Ernest
· December 30, 2013
Thank you so much George and Aveed for the beautiful suit and spectacular customer service. The store is divine. This is the premier place to shop for men's fashion in Chico. Well done.
Jewls Gardner
· February 19, 2017
Clair is amazing at the old school cut n shave! She is pleasant to listen to...very educated and obviously loves what she does
Garrett Smith
· December 18, 2013
Brilliantly done! A class act gentleman's store in Chico. The level of knowledge and service that the proprietors offer is a flash back to my youth when a customer was a customer. I can't recommend th...em highly enough. Check them out. See More
Heather McCauley Bainbridge
· April 14, 2017
Great experience and personal attention! We will definitely be back.
***Formal Education Secret Giveaway - Day 42*** We often get asked why we leave the music playing outside of Formal Education after the store has closed and we're out for the evening. This little clip sent to us by Ella's mom, Anna, is all the explanation we need. Her text? "Ella's idea of a date night is Raw Bar and dancing at your store." It doesn't get much better than that. :) Share this little clip by clicking the share link below for a chance to win a very special secret giveaway! We'll select the winner tomorrow morning at 10am along with our Jackpot Giveaway winner. Good luck!
Wine Tasting at Formal Education!
Formal Education Shopping Spree Giveaway

Each year, we throw our annual Christmas party at the launch of the 10 days of Christmas and extend our hours to 10:00pm for two nights of food, drinks, music, and shopping. This year, those dates land on Thursday, December 14th and Friday, December 15th. We would like to cordially invite you to join us on whichever of those two nights work in your schedule (or both!)

James Costa, the owner of one of our favorite brands, Nifty Genius, will be joining us in the store with the ...entire fall collection for those two nights, and will be on hand to provide expert advice in dressing properly for each individual body type. We'll also have our newest fixture additions in store from our friends at Old Chico Iron who designed our new Beatles gate. The scaffolding will also be down next door so everyone can take final photos with the old Beatles mural.

While inventory lasts, we'll be gifting one piece of clothing per person to each order over $100. It's our little way of saying thank you for another incredible year at Formal Education!

We'll have special offers on all of your favorite items including:

3 Pairs of socks for $50 (all brands included)
2 Pairs of SAXX Vibe underwear for $60
2 Richer Poorer Tees for $60
2 Rodd & Gunn hats for $50
2 Driver caps for $60
Buy One Get One 50% Off on all suits!

If you're looking for socks—and who isn't this year—we just expanded our sock wall and we now have over 200 different sock styles on display!

We can't wait to celebrate the holiday season with you at our new location, across from Upper Crust Bakery at 127 Main Street in Downtown Chico. We're open from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. on Thursday and Friday night, and 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. every other day through Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Aveed Khaki
Formal Education
127 Main Street
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 809-1839

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Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017Formal EducationChico, CA
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The countdown to Christmas is finally here!

We've just restocked Formal Education and we're extending our operating hours for the holidays to include Sundays. Starting today, we will be open all week through Christmas Eve from 10am-6pm!

Stop in and check out our new shirts, denim, socks, pants, bags, sweaters, SAXX underwear, jackets, wallets, luggage, and more! PLUS get in on the following deals while they last:


3 Pairs of socks for $50 (all brands included)
2 Richer Poorer Tees for $60
2 Rodd & Gunn hats for $50
2 Driver caps for $60
Buy One Get One 50% Off on all suits!

PLUS every purchase of $100 or more will receive a free gift through Christmas!

We just expanded our sock wall and we now have over 200 different sock styles on display!

Visit us at our new location, across from Upper Crust Bakery at 127 Main Street in Downtown Chico and check out the Christmas goodness we have in store for you this year. We're open from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. every day through Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Formal Education
127 Main Street
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 809-1839

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