Made-to-Measure Promotion from Our

American Manufacturers

October 11th through October 25th 2014

Suits, Sport Coats, & Trousers

20% Off Regular

Made-to-Measure Prices

 

Participating American
Manufacturers

 

Hickey Freeman

Since 1899 — Rochester, NY

 

Hart Schaffner Marx

Since 1887 — Chicago, IL

 

H. Freeman
Since 1878 — Westminster, MD

 

Jack Victor
Since 1913 — Montreal

 

 


Our Latest Custom Shirt Special

During this time we are again offering you a special

 

Made in America

Made-to-Measure

Custom Shirts by

Individualized Shirts

Minimum order during our Made in America promotion reduced to just 2 shirts.

Great way to try custom shirts.

 

Wright & Simon’s highly popular custom shirt program.

Custom measured at Wright & Simon. Custom manufactured by Individualized Shirts in their 35,000 square foot facility in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. In addition to a comprehensive fabric selection, you have the option of an assortment of collar, cuff, pocket, monogram and other styling options.

 

Purchase 6 shirts and get the 7th free.*  

*Free shirt must be of equal or lesser value. Does not include monogramming. 

The New Hickey Freeman: Authentic American Luxury!

Len SimonThis quarter I’d like to focus on one of our iconic US manufacturers, Hickey Freeman, one of our most popular brands here at Wright & Simon. I will be quoting liberally from an article written by Karen Alberg Grossman which summarizes and describes the present and probable future of this well-known American brand. The article appears online at MRketplace and also in MR Magazine.

“Upscale retailers seeking an authentic American luxury clothing brand,” writes Ms Grossman, “don’t want to miss the newly reinvented Hickey Freeman Collection, housed in a renovated 57th street penthouse complete with antique copper crest from the original Hickey Freeman factory…” and she goes on to describe the decoration and amenities of this beautiful showroom.

You, our customers, will be interested in Ms Grossman’s description of the new Hickey Freeman line of fine men’s clothing: “But it’s the clothing that takes center stage, familiar but modernized in the finest Italian fabrics, lightest weight canvases and hand-crafted luxury details (hand-turned collars, working buttonholes, horn buttons, etc.). Suit models include updated versions of Hickey’s most popular styles. Best of all, retails for a full canvas Hickey Freeman suit range from $1,495-$1,995 (vs. $3,000 for many luxury Italian brands); most sport coats are $1,000-$1,500 (although we fell in love with a beautiful blue cashmere knit at $2,500!). There’s also a hand-made bespoke collection (opening with super 180s) at $1,895-$2,995.”

According to the article, Grano Retail Holdings bought the company in October 2013 and has since invested in extensive consumer research and marketing regarding the product. “We didn’t even ask prices when we shopped the mills,” says Arnold Brant Silverstone, president and chief creative director of Grano Luxury Men’s Apparel Group, which includes other companies and has pending acquisitions. “We just went for the most beautiful fabrics we could find.”

Ms Grossman’s research for her article leads her to believe that Silverstone’s venture in restoring the Hickey Freeman brand has a good shot at succeeding where other attempts to restore certain brands have not. Hickey Freeman was founded in 1899 and has been worn by luminaries from US presidents to members of the entertainment world such as the Rat Pack. Ms Grossman’s expressed three reasons for Silverston’s probable success at restoring Hickey Freeman: 1) Italian suit makers have ticketed prices of $3,000 and over, sell direct to consumers, and are concentrating on Asian, Russian and Mideastern markets instead of American retailers; 2) The recently modernized Hickey Freeman factory in Rochester is highly efficient but still retains its capacity for handwork; and 3) Mr. Silverstone a third-generation clothing maven, lives and breathes the suit business and genuinely cares about the 500 jobs that have been saved for families in Rochester. At the same time, he’s managed to double the size of the Montreal-based Samuelsohn in just three years, without off-pricing or outlet retailing just to drive up volume.

Silverstone has the support of the trade industry press, and they believe he’s going to be successful. As a betting man, I’m putting my money on Silverstone and I believe Hickey Freeman will be a strong, successful manufacturer, going forward.

Please stop in at Wright & Simon at your convenience, and we’ll show you what we have in stock from Hickey Freeman and other fine American manufacturers. We’ll also show you what your options are from the hundreds of fabrics available in our custom programs. Keep Made in America alive and well! Stop by and buy the garment you want at a true sale price, and not the three you don’t.

As I close this article, I would also like to thank you and express my sincere appreciation for putting us on top in Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware Poll and the News Journal’s Readers Choice again in 2014!  We are just not authorized yet to use the new logo, so the 2013 will have to do at the moment.

Best of Delaware 2014

Readers Choice 2013

Sincerely,
Len Simon

A fine men's clothier since 1935.