On the Road with Hart Schaffner Marx: Chicago Collective

Executive Vice President of Sales, Bruce Bellusci

Our Executive Vice President of Sales, Bruce Bellusci. Maybe he’s practicing his sales pitch.

Each season, buyers and editors flock to our New York City showroom to view the latest collection. We show them what’s trending for the next season, how to buy the trends for their stores, and how to get the customers excited about thew new merchandise. Continue reading

American Heritage: Hart Schaffner Marx during the World Wars

Hart  Schaffner Marx twice “went to war,” converting our factories from fashion to army and navy officers’ uniform contracts. Read on to learn about the manufacturing of the uniforms and the influence of the wars on  men’s fashion.

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Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

Gearing up for the holiday shopping season, retailers focus on window displays. Visual teams work with major brands and department stores months in advance to unveil impeccable holiday window displays, like this year’s Disney and Barney’s collaboration.

 

But sometimes a little touch of holiday goes a long way.

A window at our Streets of Georgetown store.

This year, our VP of Creative Services, Tom Beebe, created Santa hats for in-store mannequins out of our classic Hart Schaffner Marx fabrics: Glen Plaid, Tartan, Houndstooth and Herringbone. Continue reading

Check it Out: Artifact Bag Co.

Whether it’s because of the economy or an increased focus on healthy eating, a lot of us at the Hart Schaffner Marx offices in NYC and Chicago and turned to bringing our lunch from home. But now that saving money with homemade sandwiches is increasingly popular, we’ve realized you can’t show up to the office kitchen with any old lunchbox or brown paper bag.

Bag your lunch in style. The Artifact Bag Co. No. 215 Lunch Bag, $65, available at artifactbags.com.

There is finally a solution that lets you carry your lunch to work like a grown up. The Artifact Bag Co. canvas lunch tote is a modern approach to the old brown paper bag. It is handmade from waxed canvas and American made Horween leather. The bag is handmade in Omaha Nebraska, pieced together using solid copper rivets, which give it a clean look. It comes in a variety of color combinations, from brown to olive.

Artifact Bag Co. was launched in February of 2010 by Chris Hughes, who quit his job and first used a vintage sewing machine he purchased on Craigslist to assemble the line’s first bags. Visit www.artifactbags.com.

How to Wear It: The Three Piece Suit

Once seen as staunch and overly conservative, the three piece suit has made a comeback this season. The suit gives you added value as there are multiple ways to wear it: the jacket with or without the vest, just the vest and trousers, or even with a pair of jeans.

An image of a three piece suit from the Hart Schaffner Marx archives.

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UPDATE: Where We’re Shopping: Made Collection

The December issue of Esquire magazine, now available on newsstands, features 45 “great American things” ranging from a leather football to Virginian oysters.

Some of the American products mentioned in the story can be found at MadeCollection.com, including the Hart Schaffner Marx 125th Anniversary Grey Flannel Suit. HSM is “the pride of the Windy City for 125 years and the suit maker of choice for noted Chicagoan Barack Obama,” describes Esquire. Continue reading

Where We’re Shopping: Made Collection

Recently, more and more shoppers are looking for the “Made in America” label on the products they buy.

Unfortunately, that label isn’t always easy to find. Today, only 2% of the clothing we buy in the United States is also made in our country. That figure is down from 95% in 1960.

Luckily, MadeCollection.com showcases the many great products that are still made in our country. Made Collection is a flash sale website dedicated to selling American made products spanning a wide variety of categories including men’s, women’s, home, accessories, and more. Continue reading