Does country of origin count in the apparel industry? Of course it does!
We 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.
Once 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!