With people heading back to school, students and parents are flocking to , a uniform store that provides the required clothes for schools all over the tri-state area. The store supplies uniforms from nursery level up to high school.
This has been a busy summer for Marlou. The business is expecting an even bigger influx of people come Sept. 1, according to employee Diane Hutton. She added that she has noticed the most is the increase of public schools offering uniforms and the variety of uniforms.
"We have a factory on premises, which is what makes us unique and keeps people coming to us," Hutton said. "Someone could walk in today, ask for a polo shirt for their son and we could make it here and have it done within a few days."
According to Hutton, Marlou not only supplies clothing for private schools, but for many public schools as well.
"There's been an increase in the amount of public schools with uniforms for students," said Hutton. "Not every school mandates them but what it does is allow a standard. Kids can become very competitive with clothing so this is a way of providing a way out of that."
Uniforms have also changed from the typical jumper for girls and tie/blazer combo for boys. Hutton says that school uniforms have become much more contemporary and now include a variety of pieces, from khakis and navy shorts to skorts and polo shirts.
"More schools are following a certain style, like nautical," Hutton said. "It's a more modern, updated take on the standard uniform."
The store also embroiders backpacks, sports uniforms and specialty looks, such as for high school seniors.
Marlou Garments, located at 2115 Jericho Turnpike, opens at 9:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday.