by Brian Lipton

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Men’s Wearhouse has announced the seventh year of its partnership with the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) to dress the NBA coaches in Joseph Abboud custom suits for the 2015-2016 season. Twenty of the league’s coaches, including Lionel Hollins of the Brooklyn Nets and Jason Kidd of the Milwaukee Bucks, will participate.

The coaches were fitted during the annual NBA Coaches Summit on September 17th in Chicago, where they selected from hundreds of fabric swatches to create original, custom suits. The Joseph Abboud suits are Made in America at the company’s factor in New Bedford, MA.

“Made in America is very important to me. I have to mention that not only is it made in the USA but it’s made in my home state. I grew up in Framingham, not far from where Joseph Abboud tailored clothing is produced, and that’s really special to me,” said David Blatt, head coach of the Eastern Conference NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, in a statement.

As part of their commitment to the partnership, each coach will be supporting the annual Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive in July. During the drive, Men’s Wearhouse collects gently used men’s and women’s professional clothing items to help give a fresh start to millions of disadvantaged people facing unemployment; it partners with over 180 nonprofit organizations across the country to distribute donations collected from the Suit Drive. Last year, Men’s Wearhouse collected over 225,000 clothing garments for those in need.

Abboud joined Men’s Wearhouse as its chief creative director in December 2012, and in August 2014, Men’s Wearhouse acquired JA Holding Inc, the parent company of Joseph Abboud.