Edwards Garment

Edwards Garment Acquires Andrew Rohan
May 12, 2008

Edwards Garment Co., based in Kalamazoo, Mich., announced the acquisition of HMB Sales of Larchmont, N.Y. HMB Sales has manufactured and marketed Andrew Rohan brand sweaters to the business-to-business market for more than 25 years. Edwards Garment is a manufacturer and supplier of casual and uniform apparel. According to Gary Schultz, president and CEO of Edwards, the acquisition plan is a part of the company’s strategic expansion plan. The Andrew Rohan sweater line becomes part of the Edwards Garment line that includes shirts, blouses, pants, skirts, shorts, suit separates, chef apparel and aprons. “Joining forces with Andrew Rohan allows us to take full advantage

May 1, 2008

ONCE UPON A time, in a fashion industry not-so-far away, wafer-thin models became the norm. “Heroin chic” inched its way into the cultural lexicon and Hollywood’s red carpet grew lousy with actresses the approximate width of a coat hanger. Women knew they had waists. Curves, too. But clothes that accentuated—or even acknowledged—these shapes did not exist. In an equally nonsensical dimension, promotional apparel cornered the market on the opposite end of the spectrum: the shapeless, one-size-fits-all garment. Despite the fact that “one size” fit no one particularly well, it became standard fare. And women’s curves were thwarted again. Yet, in 2008, hope

January 1, 2008

SOME SAY IT was sheer coincidence when presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s poll numbers soared in Iowa and New Hampshire a mere few weeks after Chuck Norris-endorsed, “Huck and Chuck” campaign gear was released on his Web site. Others will say it was inevitable and simply demonstrates the power of a quality promotional product. What can’t be argued, though, is the fact that promotional products go with politics like peas go with carrots. Fittingly, the first political product actually coincided with the first President of the United States, George Washington, who wore a political button during his inauguration on April 30, 1789 in Manhattan. His

2008 Style Preview
December 1, 2007

FORGET THE FOUR SEASONS. 2008’s fashion forecast is all about states of mind. Better-cut styles will have wearers exuding confidence. Reinvigorated color choices illustrate newfound energy. Going corporate takes a turn toward the future, while organic looks keep consumers’ feet and thoughts on terra firma. Below, suppliers take stock of their offerings for the industry’s most fashion-friendly new year in recent history. “For 2008, we are thrilled to introduce our brand new Missy division, which features basic to fashionable apparel that is cut to fit the everyday woman. Nine new styles will be available at the start of the year.” —Dean Vuong, vice

Hey, Mr. Good Looking
October 1, 2007

HE SWAGGERS UP to the entrance with a smug look on his face, and with good reason. His finely tailored suit fits his chiseled body to a “T.” He notices the approving glances all around him. He knows he looks good. The jacket sleeves stop just short of a costly set of diamond-studded cuff links. His pants are impeccably creased and fall atop brilliantly shined shoes. With damsel on arm, money in pocket and skip in step, he crosses the threshold. The party has just begun. DRESS THE PART There is much truth in the popular saying, “Dress the way you want to be addressed.” A

March 26, 2007

Edwards Garment Company, Kalamazoo, Mi., recently announced the promotion of Gary Schultz to president and CEO. Schultz joined the company in 2001 and has been instrumental in the expansion of its hospitality, housekeeping and chef apparel lines. He steps into the role previously held by Fred Reeves, who is partially retiring, but will remain Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Edwards Garment, Schultz held a variety of positions in sales, marketing and business development for various companies in the office furniture, consumer package goods and telecommunications industries. He holds a BA and MBA from Michigan State University. For more information,