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I’ve written that one before, and readers likely have their own reasons.This is about the hows, the whats and the wheres.It turns out these are much harder questions to, the Internet doesn’t help.It’s a time-consuming, one-by-one process.which, admittedly, change from season to season.Other than on content tags sewn into the garment (by law, each must state country of manufacture), it’s tricky.You have to ask companies specific, direct questions, case by case, or else go into the stores and check the content label firsthand.To be clear, our industrial textile industry is long gone.Made in Canada usually means produced with imported fabric, although sewn by hands at sewing machines, or in the case of things like hosiery and shoelaces, knitted at top speed by mechanical looms, under supervision by Canadian humans.Here, some places to start the search.I read your article regarding clothing made in Canada and wanted to ask you where cheap cocktail dresses you would recommend that someone shop for business-wear or formal clothing in the Toronto area.I am a recent graduate who started working and am essentially creating my wardrobe from scratch.I am also looking for nicer casual wear as my wardrobe mostly consists of hooded sweaters and jeans, which also needs to be updated.I know Harry Rosen sells Tilley ( clothing but that’s about it.the one exception at the time was a particular style of fedora, which was made in the U.But Harry Rosen ( carries much more domestically produced apparel than just Tilley.and has for decades.Consumers are becoming more educated and learning first-hand the true cost of buying more items of a lesser qualityFor details, I called Jeff Farbstein, Harry Rosen’s vice-president and general merchandise mCars.He’s certainly seen the manufacturing landscape change in that time, but some of the best garments in production today have been around since well before he started.There’s Dion neckwear (, a family business based in Concord, ties and other menswear accessories (as does Braemore, since 1937, braemoreties.There’s also Caulfeild Apparel (, who do bathrobes, loungewear and boxer underwear (Joe Boxer, and a few golf lines for department stores and retailers.He mentioned Jack Victor, another tailor-made, made in Canada menswear brand (from Montr