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Made in Chicago | Oxxford Clothes

Aug 29th, 2010 | Categories: Chicago, Clothing, Factory Tour, Video | by Michael Williams

The good people at Oxxford Clothes have put together a short film documenting the process of making what many think to be America’s finest tailored clothing. If there were any question as to Oxxford’s quality and make, the company dispels all doubt with the “Anatomy of the Suit” section of its website. It seems clear that Oxxford has set the standard for making heirloom-quality-goods. I own quite a few suits, but sadly none of them are made by Oxxford. This needs to change.

Thanks to Michael for the tip.

Comments: 18

18 Comments to “Made in Chicago | Oxxford Clothes”

  1. Brian Park
    on Aug 29th, 2010
    @ 1:24 PM

    That voiceover drove me nuts a bit.

  2. Ted
    on Aug 29th, 2010
    @ 7:32 PM

    Extremely cool.

  3. Jay
    on Aug 29th, 2010
    @ 7:35 PM

    Quality in America needs to come back and STAY. It’s the only way we’ll compete and survive.

  4. eric
    on Aug 29th, 2010
    @ 9:06 PM

    i’m sure oxxford makes a great suit, but after watching this, i’d feel bad ordering one based on all the “pain” that seems to be involved. i just want a suit. i don’t want to hurt anybody.

  5. Fay
    on Aug 29th, 2010
    @ 9:49 PM

    I wanna work there.

  6. Caleb Gardner
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 12:27 AM

    Yes! Love it when Chicago gets some much deserved attention. Oxxford is fantastic.

  7. MaroonHoosier
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 12:41 AM

    Oxxford is former IL-gov (and recently convicted felon) Rod Blagojevich’s favorite- he spent $205k there in seven years! http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-07-01/news/ct-met-blagojevich-clothes-0702-20100701_1_oxxford-blagojeviches-saks-fifth-avenue

  8. Michael Williams
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 12:45 AM

    Good point MaroonHoosier. I read that a while back and remember being astonished that man with hair like that can have such good taste in clothing.

  9. MaroonHoosier
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 1:11 AM

    Thanks, Michael- I just read the Bush/J. Press nonsense on the previous thread, so for balance let me mention that Obama’s favorite suit-maker, fellow Chicago company Hartmarx, is doing well after nearly going under a year ago: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9HHFB982.htm Another American brand from your List worth noting, HSM can fairly easily be found in vintage stores for a song throughout the Midwest…

  10. Michael Williams
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 1:18 AM

    MaroonHoosier — another good point. My first suit was a HSM. And it is a perfect choice for President Obama — IMHO. I remember when things were up in the air for the company and posted this: http://wp.me/pAE2W-1sW

    Glad to see things are on the up and up. Thanks for your insight and contribution here. -MW

  11. Joshua
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 4:04 PM

    Michael,

    When you have a spare moment, could you please explain why you think a HSM suit is the perfect choice for Obama. For the record I’m not a fawning sycophant of celebrities at all, just very curious.

    Last, I don’t know a heck of a lot about suits.

    Cheers,

    Joshua

  12. jc
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 4:42 PM

    There are many, many independent tailoring shops all over. So I don’t get what all the fuss is about. Why would I want to go to NYC or Chicago to have a suit made?
    I’m currently having a suit made for me (entirely by hand) at a shop down the street from where I grew up (now I live about ten miles away). Look up Joseph Centofanti. The material I chose is by Scabal. The same guy that measured me will cut the fabric and sew the seams.
    Support your local shops too, folks.

  13. Suit
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 9:53 PM

    A pre owned oxxford is a great investment. I have several and they are my favorites.

  14. Michael Williams
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 9:58 PM

    Joshua — I think HSM is perfect for Obama because:

    1. It is made in Chicago
    2. AHSM suit is not as expensive / fancy as an Oxxford suit
    3. Union made
    4. American styling. Notch lapels, single vent
    5. HSM are more of a “working man’s” suit (IMHO)

  15. julian
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 5:58 PM

    i find it ironic that such fine suits are made in, what is without a doubt, the worst dressed major city in north america.

  16. Pavel
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 10:17 AM

    Made in USA clothing is the new trend to follow
    Check the made in USA Collection of the Brooklyn Circus
    This is my favorite style
    http://thebkcircus.com/bkc/

  17. Mark E. Seitelman
    on Sep 3rd, 2010
    @ 9:32 AM

    To Michael Williams:

    Oxxford is also a union shop.

    I agree that Hart is more of a working man’s suit (actually a middle manager’s suit), however, the President does not look very presidential in Hart. He looks a bit ordinary. He would look better in Oxxford or a handmade custom suit. But, it could be politically problematic for him to be a regular Oxxford customer. (E.g., Blago connection.)

    What the President wears is not of great concern to me as long as what he wears is proper and is American made.

  18. Gio
    on Sep 16th, 2010
    @ 1:08 PM

    Chicago is the worst dressed city in North America? Clearly you have never visited Los Angeles. Nice try Julian.