Is There a Bookie in the House?

What are the odds that the next American President will be inaugurated in an American made suit? As I’m sure you have heard, Mr. Obama’s suit maker, Hartmarx Corp., and it’s subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 protection this past week. So that leaves, Southwick (which is now owned by Brooks Brothers, who is owned by the Italians), Oxxford, Rocco Ciccarelli, Martin Greenfield and a few others. Hopefully Hartmarx, Hickey Freeman (and our beloved Hickey) will be able to reorganize and pull things back together. Or as WWD reported, maybe Spencer Hays, who owns Oxxford Clothing, will acquire the ailing company. I would hate to see Rochester end up like Wilmington, Ohio.


Comments on “Is There a Bookie in the House?

    Rob on January 26, 2009 4:29 PM:

    quite the prolific poster today Mr. Williams. thanks for keeping me sane at work.

    I was really excited when the Hickey brand first launched, until I saw the prices. They just never seemed justifiable to me.

    I thought they would have killed it in the more contemporary priced market. I still believe that there is a huge opening for someone to present a more urban/cosmopolitan version of the Polo aesthetic, that while still waspy alludes to the various cultures that influence today’s young consumer.

    Hobo Ken on January 27, 2009 12:22 AM:

    It’s not much cop that suit, is it ? He could do better.

    LP on January 28, 2009 1:34 AM:

    I think Mr. Obama should buy some Alden Shoes from Leather Soul. The store is only a mile or two away from his childhood house.

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