Stars Men’s Shops is a dynamic company with a bright future in the men’s wear industry. Stars is a Canadian company that began more than 50 years ago in Kitchener, Ontario. “While growing up in Kitchener, my father owned a dry cleaning store called Star cleaners,” reminisces Harry Strauss, President, Stars Men’s Shops. “In the early 40’s when the “Zoot suit” era began, my brother Gordon and myself talked our father into letting us sell suits in his shop”. The brothers were very successful, and soon made the evolution from dry cleaning to a complete and fashionable menswear haberdasher.
In 1986 Harry’s children Jon Strauss and Robyn Albert joined the business, and as a team they have built the chain to its current 21 store status. Sadly Robyn Albert passed away in 2001 after a lengthy illness.
Currently, Jon Strauss holds the position of CEO of the company. He is supported by a team of both youth and experience that is poised to take Stars to the next level.
Stars’ Head Office is located in Toronto in a 30 000 sq. foot facility. Their expansion to 20 stores over the last 15 years and the recent renovations of the new concept stores in Kitchener, Waterloo, London and Kingston indicates something is being done right.
To keep prices low, Stars buys their fabrics in Europe and manufactures their exclusive labels “Jonathan Robert” and "Strauss" in North America’s top clothing manufacturing facility in Montreal and in the top facilities in Europe and Asia.
In addition, in-house designer labels include – in-house designer labels include Jonathan Robert (a line designed that caters to the fashion forward customer that is looking for fashion pieces in the most modern fits at an incredible value); Gianni Antonio (a more traditionally tailored line designed with the contemporary man in mind), and Strauss (a higher end line featuring luxurious fabrications and elegantly detailed trims), and of course Enrico Carlucci (Stars individually hand selected collection of dress shirts and ties - each item is hand selected to perfectly coordinate with each of Stars suits, pants and blazers). Stars is continuously creating great men’s wear looks in suits, dress shirts, outerwear, and sportswear that are not only exclusive to Stars, but also, always competitively priced.
With 20 stores, Stars is able to eliminate the middleman and buy direct, in turn passing the savings on to the customers. “We are a small enough company,” says Harry, “where the buyer who buys the shirts also buys the ties and the suits offering a total complete wardrobe co-ordination”.
Where store size permits, each Stars location is designed with an onsite tailor to ensure customers are provided with timely alterations and custom fittings. Stars continues to be dedicated to continued training and development of its sales associates in areas of clientele development, and wardrobe coordination.
“The real raison d’etre of Stars is to deliver ‘Style’”, says Harry Strauss. Our merchandise has that certain “difficult to define” character called style. You will find it in the lines of our suits and jackets, in the luxurious texture of our shirts and the extraordinary colour and richness or our neckwear. “You will also find style in the manner with which our sales associates present our merchandise and the style with which you are appreciated. Not only will you see style in our displays, but also in our prices!” says Harry.
“Whether you like contemporary style or traditional style, Stars can help you express your individuality.”