Custom clothing has turned out to be a major growth opportunity for Tailored Brands — the category brought in more than $100 million in sales in fiscal 2017.And now the corporation's Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank divisions are upgrading their Made in America custom clothing program by cutting down on the time required for deliveries from four weeks to three."As one of the largest and fastest-growing custom clothing retailers for men," said Doug Ewert, chief executive officer of Tailored Brands Inc., "our brands have a distinct competitive advantage in that we can deliver beautifully constructed custom suits to our customers faster through our Made in America manufacturing process."At Men's Wearhouse, the Joseph Abboud custom line offers more than 150 fabric choices from Italian mills in various silhouettes and styles. The collection is manufactured at the Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp. factory in New Bedford, Mass. At Jos. A. Bank, custom clothing is available under the Reserve name and includes more than 120 fabric choices. This collection is also made in the U.S. and features a mold-able half-canvas chest piece and a unique natural sloping shoulder.
In reporting third-quarter results in December, Ewert said the company’s ability to make custom “as easy to buy as an off-the-rack suit” has led to increased demand.
“Our research shows that men who buy custom suits from us are happier with their purchase, shop more frequently and have a higher annual spend than off-the-rack customers. I’m pleased to report that custom clothing is selling at a run rate of more than $2 million a week, over double that [of a] year ago,” he said.
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
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“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion