Since 1883, Coppley has been making beautiful, well-priced, half-canvas clothing out of their factory in Hamilton Canada. Their claim to fame has long been producing and delivering fine made-to-measure clothing in seven days. But with new management comes a new state-of-the-art factory and a fresh vision that’s already shaking up the clothing business in North America.
Tony Maddox is the recently appointed president of sales for this “Proudly Canadian Made” company, a division of IAG for the past seven years. “Our former factory was in three different locations so the board made a $10 million investment in a fabulous 72,000 square foot factory and another half-million in new equipment and machinery. It’s completed, and we’re now in the process of moving. I no longer have to walk five blocks to the design department!”
Maddox is no stranger to tailored clothing: his career has taken him from Neiman Marcus (where he was the youngest seller on the floor) to Ralph Lauren to The Custom Shop to Stitched in Las Vegas to Norton Ditto in Houston. He understands fabrics, production, custom clothing and menswear retailing as well as anyone out there!
Discussing Coppley’s position in the marketplace, Maddox predicts strong growth, even in this precarious market. “We had a 19 percent increase between fall ’19 and spring ’20. We’re opening price in many luxury stores: our off-the-rack retails start at $795 for sportscoats and $1,095 for suits. We’re doing more made-to-measure with more great stores, both branded and private label. And these days, made in North America is a tremendous advantage, ensuring delivery vs. China and Italy.” (Editor’s note: while most of their fabrics are from Italy, Coppley also has its own fabric mill in Chile.)
The design team at Coppley has been doing much updating, offering most styles in three different fits: classic (drop 6), contemporary (drop 7) and trim (drop 8). They also offer three different shoulder options (fully constructed, soft, and unconstructed) and for fall 2020, pants in two new pleated models (a 1/8 inch forward pleat and a quarter-inch reverse pleat). The classic model is available in both peak and notch lapel and their in-stock program comprises seven suits, 15 sportcoats, and 20 trouser options.
Also of note: a diverse workforce in Hamilton means no shortage of talented craftspeople; their 300 workers hail from 32 different nations. Need more reasons to re-visit this newly energized company? Ask three of the past four U.S. presidents, who will surely provide a prestigious product endorsement.