Tom James Company - Celebrates Success of Custom Clothing at International Meeting

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Tom James Company Spring 2012 Custom Lines Introduced

Custom Suits - Tom James Spring 2012
It’s really about your style. Your fit. And that’s why people love us. We have the quality, the convenience and we can help you get the look you want.

Tom James Company, the world’s largest manufacturer and retailer of custom men’s (and women’s) clothing, met at the Marriott Waterside in Tampa recently to celebrate the success of 2011 and to introduce their new Spring 2012 custom lines. Tom James Company finished the year up 10% in sales.

Fall of 2011 marked Tom James’ 45 years in business. They present a new Fall Line in July of every year, and a Spring Line in January. Their business model puts their nearly 500 professional clothiers on the street and not in stores.

“Our tag line is ‘We Come to You with Fine Clothing,”’ said Todd Browne, President of Tom James Retail, “Custom Clothing is very popular today and the fact we go directly to our clients makes our model unique.”

In a time where people crave efficiency and convenience, the model is widely embraced.
“Perhaps it’s that people are working harder for their money. Perhaps it’s that our customers don’t like to shop, but whatever the reason,” said Browne, “Our business is up. We’re hiring!”
It’s a service their customers appreciate.

“You won’t catch me in a mall, I don’t have time,” said Shawn Vinson of Vinson Mortgage in St. Louis. “With Tom James, I have a great personal clothier, Ben Lawler, who comes directly to me and the fact most of their products are Made in the USA is a real bonus.”

Browne notes it’s not only convenience that draws their clients. Customization is also a key factor.

With Tom James custom clothing, both men and women can choose the exact look and fit they want, even features like ticket pockets, functional button holes, and for the higher priced models – a continuous waist band!

Gone is the frustration of finding the item you want but not in your size. While custom clothing may have been the only choice for people who are hard to fit, it’s becoming much more accessible even for those who can purchase off the rack.

At their International Meeting, Tom James Company introduced their Spring 2012 lines and videos of the behind-the-scenes photo shoots. The looks reflect the styles you’ll see in most major men’s magazines, but they are quick to note, “It’s not about what everyone else is wearing. It’s about what you like,” said Catherine Conway, Director of Merchandising.

“It’s really about your style. Your fit. And that’s why people love us. We have the quality, the convenience and we can help you get the look you want.”

Tom James operates 105 offices in 36 US states and 5 countries, internationally. It owns and operates 3 woolen mills, 8 factories and is proud to say over 70% of its products are made in the USA.

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