My Peerless Story: It Starts with the Collar

My Peerless Story: It Starts with the Collar

by Alvin Cramer Segal


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My Peerless Story: It Starts with the Collar by Alvin Cramer Segal

In 1951, Alvin Cramer Segal, at the age of eighteen and without a formal education, started working in the factory of his stepfather’s company in Montreal. Today he is the chairman and chief executive officer of the largest supplier of men’s fine-tailored clothing in North America, and is considered an outstanding business and community leader, at the forefront of policy-making in Canada’s apparel industry, with commitments to philanthropic efforts that echo his business accomplishments. In My Peerless Story, Segal recounts how he learned business from the collar down and from the ground up, transforming a family-owned business into one that would eventually come to licence labels such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors. Sharing anecdotes and personal experiences, Segal describes the history of garment manufacturing in Montreal and his intuitive strategies to leverage growth by improving fabrics, and adapting to innovative changes in the industry, eventually becoming the main inventory source of designer label suits to major department stores. Written from the heart, not as a handbook but rather as the story of a well-suited business career, My Peerless Story nonetheless includes relevant business lessons for the aspiring and inspired.

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ISBN-13: 9780773550162
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Series: Footprints Series , #24
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Figures xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Foreword Hillel Becker xix

1 A Life Well Stitched 3

2 Life Begins at Eighteen: It's Bashert 27

3 Taking Ownership of the Factory 43

4 Change Is in the Air 59

5 Be Careful, I Have a Shotgun! 69

6 I Have a Long-Range Plan That Changes Every Day 82

7 Building a Management Team 94

8 The Engineered Suit: The Collar Is Everything 103

9 David and Goliath: My Battle with the Woven Textile Industry 109

10 Trying to Survive 118

11 The FT A Is Coming 133

12 The Missing Link in the Chain 138

13 Hard to Stay under the Radar 155

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