In Vancouver, there is a constantly increasing demand for locally-made goods. Conscious-minded Vancouverites are becoming more aware of the impact that their lifestyles and consumer choices have on the world, and are acting on that awareness by shopping for local products. Therefore, many of us would be happy to hear that C&O Apparel, a leading manufacturer of casual sportswear and active wear, offers locally-made clothing to Vancouver shoppers.
Since many people are right to assume that the majority of their clothes are made overseas and then shipped to the stores in Canada, you may be surprised to hear that C&O Apparel manufactures a large percentage of their products right here in the Lower Mainland! C&O Apparel has an 83,000sq foot facility in Burnaby where all the magic happens. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing and warehouse facility combines automated systems and skilled staff to produce approximately five million garments every year!
When asked why the company manufactures garments here in Canada President and CEO Simpson Ma replies that he prefers to keep jobs in Canada, and feels that this is his obligation as a Canadian. C&O Apparel employs roughly 200 employees in Canada.
C&O Apparel produces multiple clothing lines including Tuff Athletics, Seg’ments, Rough Dress, Blue Harbor, True North, Avia, Company Ellen Tracy, Asics, Cloudveil, and Field & Stream. The garments can be purchased at Costco stores around the world including Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, and Korea.
So, Vancouverites, there you have it. For those of you who do wish to shop as locally as possible, you now know where to go for your casual sportswear and active wear needs.