The story is a great one and it is with great pleasure and pride that we present the Majestic Legacy in Esther Landsman’s words…
In 1924, my father, Sam Cowan founded Majestic Neckwear. The story began in 1901, when, at the age of thirteen, desolate and alone, he arrived in Canada, from Rumania, a country ravaged by famine and depression. Shortly thereafter he started as a peddler working out of a handcart selling scarves and mufflers and demand quickly called for the need of a horse and buggy.
He was ambitious and his success led to the opening of a menswear store in Saskatoon, Canada. After many years, he sold it and pioneered making men’s Ties and Mufflers (Scarves) in Montréal, Canada under the name Majestic Neckwear. 23 years after arriving in Canada, at the age of 36, Sam began the long history of Majestic International.
During the Second World War, you had to have discipline and be adventurous to remain in business. All through those years, he had courage to take risks and his charming, honest business practices were held in high regard. His success required a move to a larger facility incorporating 8,000 square feet and employing many.
In the 50’s, our sleepwear heritage began: it was considered very chic for a man to wear a white terry robe at the end and beginning of his day. Majestic sold many prestigious Canadian department stores terry robes made in their Canadian facility for a mere $4.10 and retailing at $6.90!
In the 1960’s Majestic acquired Caramy Knitting Mills and began producing sweaters and shirts. In the late 1980’s, when the space occupied by Majestic was no longer efficient, Andre met with our son, Sam, to see if he would be interested in joining the Company. Sam was excited about the opportunity of overseeing the design and construction of a new state-of-the-art building to house Majestic. In 2012, we moved again, this time to a new environmentally friendly, LEED certified, custom facility which incorporated many “Green” construction practices.
Sam inherited the overwhelming sense of ambition and in the 1990s, set his sights on the US market, which responded to his business acumen, the product and the outstanding service that became the cornerstones of the business today. Today we are honored to count some of the world’s most prestigious hotel groups and properties as our customers, including ; Avendra, Fairmont Hotels Worldwide, St. Regis, Princess Cruise Lines, Wynn, Waldolf Astoria, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and many others. Business has changed and the way we do business has changed but our founding ideals have not: quality products and quality service are what we believe in.
A fine purveyor of men’s accessories, sportswear and sleepwear for 90+ years.