Napoleon’s Tailor featured in today’s Wall Street Journal

December 24, 2009

Napoleon’s Tailor, a Milwaukee-based clothier that serves men who are five-foot-eight and shorter, is featured in today’s issue of The Wall Street Journal.

To read Journal writer Doug Belkin’s entire story, “Niche Clothiers’ Ranks Shrink,” click here.

Napoleon’s Tailor is a client of The Concept Works.

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Dec. 23 is Final Day in Chicago for Napoleon’s Tailor, Iconic National Clothier for Short Men

December 16, 2009

CHICAGO – Napoleon’s Tailor, a Milwaukee-based clothier with a national reputation for catering exclusively to men who are five-foot-eight and shorter, will mark its final day in Chicago on Dec. 23, its owner said today.

Gary Anders, who will continue to operate his flagship store of the same name in Milwaukee, announced in mid-October that industry trends and the prolonged economic slump were forces behind the decision to close the Chicago store.

“Even though 30 percent of U.S. men are five-foot-eight or under, Napoleon’s Tailor is one of only four clothiers in the entire country to serve shorter men. There should be far more stores of like Napoleon’s Tailor but fashion habits and other factors have worked against us as time has passed,” Anders said. “Unfortunately, the men’s clothing industry has been shrinking ever since Levi’s introduced casual Fridays.”

The store, located at 7254 W. Foster Ave., has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, on the CBS national news and by Reuters news service over the years. It had significantly marked down prices on its merchandise to liquidate the inventory during the sale. Prices have been marked down an additional 50 percent on all remaining merchandise this week.

Anders also said that moving apparel production off-shore has had serious consequences for specialty stores like Napoleon’s Tailor.

“Fifteen years ago when I entered the business, there were many apparel makers in the United States and Canada. They were willing to make production runs to meet our needs because they had excess capacity and were geared to smaller production cycles,” Anders said. “Today, factories in China, Pakistan, India or other places are geared to very high volume. We simply don’t do that volume and so we can’t get items in the quality and variety that we require. So, we’re being squeezed from both the supply and demand sides.”

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Michael Farris, a Founder of Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, Announces Support for Vander Plaats

December 14, 2009

PURCELLVILLE, Virginia – Michael Farris, a national leader in home-school education and the founder of Patrick Henry College, today announced his support for Bob Vander Plaats in the 2010 Iowa gubernatorial contest.

“Bob is a leader who really understands the core principles of liberty that were purchased at such a great price by our Founding Fathers. Government is here to protect our liberty not to grant our every whimsical wish only to be paid for by the next generation through massive debts,” Farris said today in a prepared statement. “Bob is a man of conviction, candor and compassion. He will make a great governor.”
Farris, who earned his law degree at Gonzaga University School of Law, founded the Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and continues to serve as its chairman and general counsel. Through his efforts, the HSLDA has secured a number of court rulings and policy changes favoring home schooling.
His cases as lead counsel include over 40 reported decisions by the U.S. Supreme court, five U.S. circuit courts of Appeal, seven state Supreme Courts, and five state Courts of Appeal. Farris successfully argued for the petitioner in a religious freedom case, the Supreme Court case Witters v. Washington Department of Services for the Blind in 1985-86. Education Week named Farris one of the most significant 100 “Faces of the Century.”
In 2000, the ordained Baptist minister founded Patrick Henry College as “a Christian institution with the mission of training students through a classical liberal arts curriculum and apprenticeship methodology to impact the world for Christ and for liberty.” Farris also founded Generation Joshua, an organization to mobilize Christian youth to participate in politics and get out the vote;, a parental rights advocacy group; and the Madison Project, which is a political action committee.
“Michael Farris is a servant leader and I’ve always called him a ‘real difference maker.’ Through his knowledge, faith and fearlessness, he has made a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the country and helped shape a force of young political leaders dedicated not to doing well for themselves but doing good for their fellow citizens,” Vander Plaats said. “I saw firsthand the extraordinarily high regard in which Michael is held by so many people when he attended the Republican Party of Iowa’s 2007 Straw Poll event in Ames. Literally hundreds of people attended that event to see him and thank him for everything he’s done in defense of home school families throughout the nation. It is an honor to have the support of such an extraordinary man.”
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B-Calm’s Benefits for Children with Autism/ADHD Featured on KDSM, WHO-TV

December 7, 2009

DES MOINES – B-Calm, the Ankeny, Iowa, company that has developed a headset and MP3 downloads that help children with autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, was featured in a news story that aired on KDSM-TV and WHO-TV on Sunday.

Click here to see Emily Carlson’s story.