Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael McClanathan.
Michael, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a professional bagpiper, and I would have a small booth at the Bridal Shows to promote my piping for weddings.
Around 20 years ago, I was getting a lot of inquiries from grooms to be on where they could rent kilts for their weddings. I thought, hey, there’s a market opportunity here, so I did research online and found a small handful of companies renting kilts online.
What I found was, with 35 years of experience wearing kilt outfits, they were not doing it quite right. So I set out to put the proper goods together, packaged up and to create a user friendly experience.
At the January bridal show I took an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and wrote on it with a sharpie:
WE HAVE KILT RENTALS and pinned it up in the back of my booth with a safety pin.
I got 2 weddings from that show, one for 4 guys in March and one for 7 guys in April.
When I got home and told my wife what I’d done, she said you’re crazy, you don’t have anything to rent!
To which I replied, but I have time to order it and get it in, which I did and the rest is history.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My short term goal was to get the business started.
My long term goal was to become the biggest kilt rental facility in the country, which we have done.
It’s probably no surprise to say that it has been a challenge.
Starting out, I was working all hours, weekends, whatever it took to achieve the goals. I did everything in the beginning, but when we got big enough, my job changed to managing people.
Please tell us about Kilt Rental USA.
We are the largest kilt rental company in the nation, with the largest selection of tartans available to rent. We also have our branded merchandise, the Claymore brand.
What sets us apart from the rest is the quality of our products. Everything is top quality, made in Scotland gear.
- Men’s Formal Prince Charlie Package $189.95
- Boy’s Formal Prince Charlie Package $89.95
- Address: Kilt Rental USA/Claymore Imports
7655 E. Redfield Rd
Scottsdale, Az 85260
- Website: www.kiltrentalusa.com www.claymoreimports.com
- Phone: 480.460.0907
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