The Tom James Company Story
Our Founder, Spencer Hays
A self-made businessman, Spencer took his love for fine clothing and his fine business sense to form the world's largest manufacturer and retailer of custom men's (and women's) clothing.
He traveled a great deal. He loved fine clothing and began thinking of the advantages of having an easier and more satisfying way to shop. The concept for Tom James was born out of that desire.
On March 1st, 2017, Spencer left this world, but he did not leave it unaffected. His influence will be felt for generations, not only directly from the relationships he had with his friends, families, and colleagues, but by every employee of the companies, he lead. Tom James Company's leadership continues Spencer's legacy by keeping his principles at the basis of our business today.
A Heritage of Artisans & Authority
Over the years, Tom James Company has acquired many of the manufacturing authorities in the custom clothing industry. One of the first acquisitions in 1974 was the English American Company, a custom suit maker that traces its roots back over 100 years.
In 1994, the last hand-sewn suit manufacturer in the U.S., Oxxford Clothing, became part of the Tom James family and crafted our highest make, Prestige. In 2016, Tom James transitioned the Prestige label to the “Oxxford Finest Quality” label.
Following suit, to accompany the purchase of the finest suit manufacturer in the world, Tom James Company acquired Holland & Sherry in 2003. Holland & Sherry had long been the provider of our finest cloth in our premier makes, so it only made sense to bring them into a company that not only honors their legacy but gave them the vision to venture into the luxury interiors market with Holland & Sherry Interiors.
Holland & Sherry
Since 1836, Holland & Sherry has been supplying cloth to prestigious tailors and luxury labels around the world.
From its headquarters on historic Savile Row in London, Holland & Sherry provides the world's finest Merino wool, cashmere, mohair, vicuna, silk, cotton and linen cloth.
Tom James is proud to feature the artistry and tradition of Holland & Sherry, our largest supplier of cloth.
Oxxford Clothes is the last manufacturer left in the United States that still tailors suits by hand. It is the standard by which all other men's tailored clothing is judged.
In 2016, Oxxford Clothes celebrates its 100th year of providing fine tailored menswear to the world’s most discerning clientele.
The motto of America's most iconic clothing brand says it all: "Always Be Faithful to Quality."
Women's Custom Clothing
With our long-standing authority in Men’s Custom Clothing, in the mid-1990’s it only made sense with the rise of professional women in the workplace to also craft custom garments for women.
In 2015, our leadership made a decision to invest more into the women’s custom clothing part of our business and embarked on a journey to reimagine a line of women’s custom clothing from the ground up.
Not only did we design new models for women based on body shape, but we also designed an entire line of fabrics specifically for women including beautiful boucle styles, incredibly soft stretch materials, and stunning jacquards.
Our Mission Statement
Tom James Company is in the people business.
We provide opportunity for our people and serve the needs of our customers by creating a product of great value.
Commitment to quality underlies all of our actions and plans.
Our focus is on meeting our customers’ increasing demands for convenience and providing world class service... over a long period of time.
We are committed to growth... for growth sustains our efforts and insures our opportunity.
We operate with integrity as it is the cornerstone of our relationships with customers, vendors, and one another.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
"I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how comfortable the suits are that I purchased from you at Tom James. Having not been cut from a cookie cutter with regard to size, the custom tailoring has allowed me to finally have shirts and suits that actually fit the way that they are supposed to. Thanks again for all of the help and I look forward to being a Tom James client of yours well into the future."
Partner, Richmond General Office New York Life Insurance Company
Tom James of Atlanta
"If you live in the greater Denver area, there's no better haberdasher than Hank Lee! I've been so impressed with the quality and level of service I've received from Hank and the Tom James team. If you're looking to step up your personal brand, this is a great first step!"
Tom James of Denver