Joseph Abboud is one of about twenty men’s suit makers that still make suits made in the U.S.A.
Joseph Abboud makes suits, sports jackets and dress trousers in the U.S. Joseph Abboud suits and sports jackets can be found at department stores like Nordstroms. The dress trousers can sometimes be found made exclusively for Nordstroms Rack. Joseph Abboud also makes boys suits, dress shirts and rugs but these are all imported. The American made products are made in the New Bedford, Massachusetts factory since 1986 when it was purchased by Joseph Abboud when he started out his solo label career. The New Bedford factory has 500 employees and they make 1,000 suits per day. With recent advancements, Joseph Abboud made to measure suits can be shortened to 8 days or less.
After a seven year hiatus, Joseph Abboud has returned to the runway, first in London and they will be in New York City in September, 2012.
Like other made in America designers, Thom Browne and Simon Spurr, Joseph Abboud joined Ralph Lauren in 1981. Working up the chain, he started his own label in 1986. Eventually, Joseph Abboud sold his trademarks and his name to J.A. Apparel in 2000 (for $65 Million). This company was acquired by J.W. Childs Associates in 2004 (for $73 Million) and Joseph Abboud soon left J.A. Apparel in 2005.
(Updated 9/20/2012) Currently the President and CEO of JA Apparel Co. is Anthony Sapienza. He replaced Marty Staff as CEO, in September, 2010. Mr. Sapienza joined Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp. (formerly Riverside Manufacturing Corp.) in 1997, and had been President and COO of Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp, before becoming President/CEO of JA Apparel. Mr. Sapienza, together with Creative Director, Bernardo Rojo, has helped revive the company into the modern American Brand that it is today. By launching the current “made in the New America” ad campaign, the CEO and the Joseph Abboud team continue to focus on the artistry of American tailoring and craftmanship while embracing the new American man. As for the Spring/Summer 2013 season, the Joseph Abboud brand delivered a successful show for both New York and London fashion week. For the latest collection, Bernard Rojo takes a cue from some of Hollywood’s most iconic rebels to craft a collection that channels the effortless confidence of stoicism of leading men then and now rule breakers that redefined the hero, in films from the timeless ‘Rebel Without A Cause’ to today’s ‘Drive’.
Joseph Abboud makes well made and reasonably priced Sports Coats and suits made in the USA. You can check out Joseph Abboud’s website, but if you are more apt to shop, Nordstroms website may be better.