Friday, December 5, 2008

Haspel Turns 100 (almost)

Seersucker season has come and gone, but it's never too early to start thinking about next year. Today's focus is on the company considered the King of Seersucker: Haspel. In 2009, Haspel will be celebrating its 100th birthday. The century-old company has been producing fine quality seersucker suits since 1909 when Joseph Haspel started making them in New Orleans, responding to a genuine need for lightweight clothing that satisfied the problem of maintaining one's style in a warm climate before the days of air conditioning.

Today, the Haspel line boasts well-made suits of linen, madras, poplin, pinfeather, silk and, of course, original seersucker. They're still based in Louisiana, just a short drive away from where the original Mr. Haspel began the seersucker revolution.

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