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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Coppley: Where skills from around the world come together

Coppley: Where skills from around the world come together

Repost of The Spec

There is a large world map at Coppley's office in the heart of Hamilton. More than a hundred tiny pins dot the map, seemingly placed at random. However, a closer look shows how each pin is in fact marking a different country. Stretching all the way from Asia to the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America, these pins mark the countries of origin of Coppley's staff. It is a powerful visualization of how skills and talents from all over the world work together at Coppley.
A Hamilton employer for more than 100 years, today Coppley has more than 250 staff in Hamilton. Coppley produces beautiful custom tailored clothing for men, taking pride in meticulous workmanship and working mostly with immigrants who have arrived from all over the world. Indeed, more than 80 per cent of the staff was born outside of Canada, and while fabrics come from Italy and from mills in Scotland and Chile, it is all put together right here in Hamilton.
"Sewing is a lost talent in our region," says Julie Dubber, finance and HR manager at Coppley. "The reality is one cannot go to college to learn to sew and there is very limited opportunity to learn industrial sewing. Sewing has now become a skill that is largely offshore. If we did not have new Canadians bringing in their skills from other countries, it would have been harder for us to grow."
By tapping into immigrant skills, Coppley is able to recruit from a ready pool of talent as the organization expands. This helps Coppley allocate more resources to upgrading the skills of staff, who already know how to sew.
"We are thrilled to have access to the skills immigrants bring to Canada," says Dubber. "To seek out talents, we go beyond the usual recruitment strategies. We connect with organizations such as the Immigrants Working Centre, YMCA and the YWCA. We also have our own network out there and make use of word-of-mouth to recruit new staff. An employee referral program helps spread the word to different community centres and places of worship."
Recently, these innovative recruitment strategies have helped Coppley reach out to Syrian newcomers in Hamilton, many of whom were tailors back in their country. With staff from all over the world, Coppley has access to people speaking many different languages. Interpreters play a big part of the recruitment and integration process.
"Over the years, we have learned about the different languages that our employees speak," says Dubber. "We work together with some of them who are comfortable acting as interpreters for us. When we have a new staff and we know that they speak a particular language, we will request one of our experienced employees to act as interpreter."
By pairing new hires with experienced staff who speak their language, Coppley is able to quickly train new staff and deliver information on health and safety training. To promote awareness and respect for different people and cultures, Coppley organizes summer barbecues. Employees arrange potluck lunches to celebrate holidays and special occasions.
"Our potlucks show the diversity in our organization. It is amazing how we have food from all parts of the world; we have potstickers, various kinds of rice, different curries, and food from all corners of the world. It is a great way to bring people together," says Dubber.
Today, the world map at Coppley is a constant reminder of how the organization is a melting pot of skills and staff from different countries and cultures. Through innovative recruitment strategies, Coppley has truly embraced diversity.
This series is a joint initiative of the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, Workforce Planning Hamilton and the City of Hamilton's Global Hamilton Office.




12/3/2016 5:49:09 AM

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+Tom James Company Tampa Bay #300
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St Petersburg FL 33716

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Brown And Church Making Quality Ties In America






PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- A business in Pilot Mountain understands that for a man to look his best, the details really matter.
"I think we try to be the best," said Brown and Church employee Larry Marshall. "We are not going to be the least expensive in most cases, so we feel like we need to be the best and provide really good service and products."
The company moved from Manhattan in 1980 and since then, they've relied on the experience of North Carolina workers.
"The suit is the frame, the shirt is the map and the tie is the picture," he said. "We want to focus on the fact that we can make that suit or shirt."
Learn more at the Brown and Church website.



11/26/2016 5:39:06 AM

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Suite 166                                                Lakeland FL 33801
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Do You Wear A Belt With A Suit? What Side Are You On

Discussion off wsj.com

As fashion sours on the cinched look, some suit wearers reject belts as unnecessary and visually distracting, while others strongly disagree. Where do you stand?


No 

If you haven’t noticed, belts have been disappearing from suits shown on runways and in your better class of fashion photo. And some tailoring traditionalists welcome their decline. “A belt is for a pair of trousers that don’t fit properly,” said Alex Wilcox, owner of New York menswear shop Lord Willy’s. “It really symbolizes that the waist is too big.” That’s especially true, he added, when it comes to classic English tailoring, where custom-made trousers sit exactly where they’re supposed to, rendering belts superfluous.

 Need more convincing? Look no further than Cary Grant, that paragon of timeless men’s style. He only ever wore a belt with blue jeans and believed that men should dispense with any accessory that doesn’t perform a function. Ralph Auriemma, creative director of Paul Stuart, holds up Grant as a role model for the cinch-resistant, pointing to the actor’s suit in “North by Northwest,” which, without a belt, looks perfectly modern today.


 Those who buck the buckle argue that beltless suits look cleaner and dressier. “There’s no cutoff at the waist,” said Mr. Auriemma, “which elongates the silhouette.” That’s why all of Paul Stuart’s tailored clothing actively discourages belting. Rather than belt loops, trousers are equipped with D-ring-buckled side straps to allow for some adjusting. Even a gentleman’s weight can yo-yo slightly.

The same is true of tailored suits from Lord Willy’s, said Mr. Wilcox, where 90% of the customers prefer no belt. For the few who can’t fathom forgoing one, loops can be added, unless the suit is three-piece. “A belt looks terrible in that context; it breaks the flow of the fabric,” he said. And for tuxedos? “That’s a no-no. I don’t think a belt should be anywhere near a tuxedo.”


Here are a few recommendations for those who would like the not belt look with a bit of flair.   These are great options when you need a little extra support or change sizes throughout the year.












Yes 






“If I’m wearing brown suede shoes, I want a complementary, non-matching belt,” said Jim Ockert, owner of California menswear shop Khaki’s of Carmel. “A belt tells a little more of a story.” Though he does concede that current suit trends steer away from belts, he still sees a place for them. A belt, he argues, lets a man add more flavor to his look, especially given the scarcity of accessory options for menswear. And the iffiness of lapel carnations.

 Not to mention that belts can be very interesting when you open your mind to those beyond basic brown or black. There are all sorts of subtle color and leather variations—suede, alligator, ostrich and pebble grain to name a few. The key, said Mr. Ockert, is to avoid matching materials: “If you’re wearing brown suede shoes, don’t wear a brown suede belt.” Something in the same ballpark but not slavishly in sync looks more style-aware.
 Belts speak to a more Continental aesthetic, where accessorizing plays a bigger role. Jauntily folded pocket squares and more emphatic colors, not to mention the soft-shouldered silhouette of Italian tailoring, all tend to be simpatico with a belt. Unsurprisingly, belted suits stood tall during the 1980s, when the unstructured look of Giorgio Armani was at its zenith.

 And then, of course, there is the belt’s functionality. Side tabs or back tabs on a tailored pair of trousers offer some scope for cinching but could never accommodate, say, the newly trim waistline of a man who finally achieved his New Year’s resolution (hey, there’s always a first). “Side tabs are a great look, but it’s a look,” said Mr. Ockert. “A belt is maximum versatility.”





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11/19/201 6:23:06 AM

Posted by +Erik Peterson














+Tom James Company Tampa Bay #300
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e.peterson@tomjames.com
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Suite 166                                                Lakeland FL 33801
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Men's Shoes Belts & Accessories Fall Winter 2016




History of Ferragamo:
Salvatore Ferragamo emigrated from southern Italy to Boston and then California in 1914. He opened the Hollywood Boot Shop in 1923, and made shoes for movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson, as well as for films such as Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. He returned to Italy and set up a shoe shop in Florence in 1927. However, the modern shoemaking company regards 1928 as the date of its foundation and so celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2008. Salvatore filed for bankruptcy in 1933, during the Great Depression, but by 1938 he was in a position to buy the Palazzo Spini Feroni, one of the great palaces of Florence, which now houses the company's flagship store and a museum dedicated to Ferragamo's life and work.
The company flourished after World War II, expanding the workforce to 700 craftsmen producing 350 pairs of hand-made shoes a day. After Salvatore's death in 1960, his widow Wanda took over the running of the business and expanded its operations to include eyewear, perfume, belts, scarves] bags, watches, and a ready to wear clothing line.
View the Fall Winter Ferragamo Collection Below



The History Of Allen Edmonds 

Allen Edmonds gained much of its following after providing shoes to the US Army and US Navy during World War II, with many of the recipients of the shoes being loyal to the brand for the rest of their lives. Allen Edmonds began handcrafting Made in U.S.A. shoes in 1922 on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Today we continue this manufacturing tradition and offer the finest men's dress and casual shoes available featuring classic American styling and fine craftsmanship.

Allen Edmonds is a moderately expensive brand of shoes that men typically wear for a very long time and repair rather than replace. The company offers recrafting services, rebuilding a pair of shoes for a fee, replacing soles and heels, creating a new cork base and strip, and reapplying the finish. The Horween Leather Company supplies leather shells for footwear to Allen Edmonds.

​Shoe size is more than length. Width is just as important. We have big, small, narrow, wide and everything in between.

Because we are the manufacturer, we can handcraft shoes in varying sizes. Competitive shoe companies make their shoes overseas and to keep inventory low, they make only "gut" sizes (e.g., 10-12 medium) that supposedly fit everyone. As a result, most men wear shoes that are too long for their feet as they need the room to accommodate their foot width. Men who get fitted by a Master Fitter are surprised to learn they have never worn a proper fitting shoe.

Specifically, what sets Allen Edmonds apart?

From size 6 to 16 and narrow AAA to wide EEE, we craft over 100 sizes of shoes.
Proper fit is important for durability and comfort along with foot and back health. 

​With proper care, Allen Edmonds shoes can last for decades so you can stop buying throw-away shoes every year. Our Goodyear welted and handsewn shoes are made so well they are available for our legendary Recrafting® service where we rebuild the shoe from the bottom up to extend the life of your favorite shoes.

View The Allen Edmonds Fall Winter 2016 Collection Below 


Johnston & Murphy traces its roots to the William J. Dudley Shoe Company, founded in 1850 in Newark, New Jersey by William J. Dudley, a European immigrant and master craftsman who had been schooled in the classic tradition of English shoemaking.
The William J. Dudley Shoe Company specialized in quality, highly durable work shoes for men, women and children. During its first 25 years, the company's growth forced five moves to increasingly larger locations. In 1880, Newark businessman James Johnston joined the company as Dudley's partner. Johnston's vision was to expand product lines and distribution channels. The company took the durability of its work shoes and built that into a line of higher-fashion footwear, which quickly became popular. In 1881, founder William Dudley died, and Johnston assumed control of the company under a new name, The James Johnston Company.

In 1884, William A. Murphy, another prominent Newark businessman from a distinguished family was intrigued by the success of Johnston's local shoe company. A partnership was formed, and the company became known as Johnston & Murphy.
In 1895, Murphy sold his interest in the company to Herbert P. Gleason, a former top salesman of the company. Gleason knew the value of a recognized brand name and decided to keep the Johnston & Murphy name as well as establish a national sales and marketing force. In the 1920s, Gleason's son, George Gleason, coined the company's first slogan, "The best shoes anybody can buy." He also developed a series of "handsome lifestyle" advertisements and ran campaigns in high-profile magazines such as Vanity Fair and The Saturday Evening Post. Ads featured the Country Club Series, a line of golf shoes, which became one of Johnston & Murphy's most popular.









10/1/2016 5:15:00 AM

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+Tom James Company Tampa Bay #300
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St Petersburg FL 33716

e.peterson@tomjames.com
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My Other Offices:
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2100 Constitution Ave                          100 S Kentucky
Suite 166                                                Lakeland FL 33801
Sarasota FL 34231
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Walking Through The Tom James Fall 2016 Collection

Tom James Fall 2016 Collection

Some of the great looks this season that you will be seeing in Fall Winter 2016.  We start with the looks books for men where we feature both fashionable modern looks as well as some more traditional outfits.  Then I walk through each of our collections on some of the more popular fabrics featuring Custom Suits, Custom Shirts, Custom Trousers/Pants and Ties.  Finally I share a few of my favorite looks for the weekend and casual featuring shorts, polos, jeans, sweaters etc.

Enjoy
Erik Peterson






7/23/2016 11:30:00 AM

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+Tom James Company Tampa Bay #300
12100 31st Court Suite A
St Petersburg FL 33716

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+Tom James Company Sarasota           Tom James Lakeland
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Suite 166                                                Lakeland FL 33801
Sarasota FL 34231
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