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Where I'll keep you up to date on all the latest at LADNER'S Clothiers .... and from around the world! We work with Suppliers who source fabric from abroad and manufacture the highest quality garments at the best prices and deliver them directly to us every season. With our service and tailoring expertise you're guaranteed fashionable clothing that fits your body, your personality and your budget ... every time!

Buy Canadian

by Todd Ladner

Does country of origin count in the apparel industry? Of course it does!
blog-pic2We tout ‘buy Canadian’ in Ladner’s at every opportunity and work hard to establish relationships with Canadian manufacturers operating in the better end of the menswear supply chain. Most of these companies are based in the GTA and Montreal, and typically source the fabrics they work with from textile mills in Italy or eastern Europe. We look at the fabrics a season in advance along with all the other retail accounts in North America. We select the fabrics, styles and sizes we’d like to see arrive in our store at the start of our next selling cycle.

The manufacturer gets a great idea of what is selling from this big cross section of regional stores and places their fabric ‘buy’ in accordance with these selections, often buying a little more of the fabrics that have shown a lot of promise. It’s an intricate formula subject to tight European delivery windows and possible delays because of shipping problems and government regulations.

ladners-shop-1Once the fabric is in-house, the manufacturing process is a challenge onto itself, with workers’ unions balancing the owners need to keep costs low enough to make garments that are competitively priced. The finished garments are usually superior in quality to most clothing made anywhere else in the world, hence the pride in origin and the pride (and smarts) in putting dollars back into the Canadian economy by the combined commitment of manufacturers, retailers and consumers. European clothing is also of the highest standards (our German pant lines like Alberto, Meyer, Brax and Hiltl) but they are subject to shipping, tariff and duty costs that do elevate the retail price. Tough call by our feds on whether or not to lighten that burden on European importers and exporters to Canada; it opens the doors for our suppliers to push product to Europe, but they will face stiffer competition in their local marketplaces.

Our best sale is a Canadian made suit, shirt, pant, belt or tie by Coppley, Samuelsohn, Jack Victor, Cohen, Lipson, Omega, Gala, Riviera, Benchcraft or Dion. We know the quality, make and price is genuine …and we aim to please!

Posted in Fall Winter 2013


Bespoke Tailoring

by Todd Ladner

In the past, made-to-measure or tailored-to-measure referred to a bespoke ordering system in which a sewing pattern was created for each part of a garment before cutting and assembling commenced. After many fittings and delivery of a new suit, these paper patterns were then stored for future use under the customer’s name. On Savile Row in London, England, some of the patterns in storage date back centuries, and are the stuff of royalty.

Posted in Fall Winter 2013


How does Community involvement relate to your Menswear shopping?

How does Community involvement relate to your Menswear shopping? ... possibly in a very impactful way! There are choices involved in your purchasing experience. One route is to tap into the vast pipeline of product imported from Asia and India that has recently flooded our marketplace at ridiculously low prices (how cheap and low can we go?) and is presented to customers in a warehouse outlet setting by employee's that are typically uninterested in serving their patrons, and who realistically don't have any credible knowledge about the product they're selling, and who are most likely 'job-hunting' for another vocation during their current tenure. Not a great choice, but a very popular one right now. Nobody really wins here except for the invisible manufacturer and importer.

Consider the alternative. Find a store in your Community that caters to local clientele with a thoughtful presentation of product, a staff that is engaging and knowledgeable, and product that is of better quality and perhaps even made in Canada. Their merchandise is almost guaranteed for reasonable wear from the moment you buy it, because the store is fully invested in your return business and wants to build a relationship with you and your clothing needs. The staff actually enjoy working with you and are excited to see you. This is typically a career vocation for these employees and owners. Their priority is to be the best they can be and they need to know their stuff to reach their goals, and they know they need to be on trend and value oriented. They know at all times you have other choices!

Now step back and look at this picture from a bigger viewpoint. Purchasing clothing from a Community store is really re-investing in the Community and Country you live in. The staff probably live somewhere nearby, they pay local taxes, their kids go to local schools, they volunteer for local charity events, their business is a safe and stable entity on the street ... and if the clothing they sell is made in Canada they have a large stake in the Canadian workforce. You do have choices every time you purchase your clothing. With a little thought and planning it's not difficult to make the right one!

Posted in Fall Winter 2013

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