C&O Apparel wears the Made in Canada label with great pride.
C&O Apparel is a leading apparel design and manufacturing company located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1981 as Oceanic Sportswear, the company later merged with Cascadia Fashions Resources to form C&O Apparel in 2010. Current President, Simpson Ma, who took over the company in 1995, has created sustainability by consistently offering the best possible product at the best possible price.
C&O Apparel operates a state of the art 83,000 sq ft manufacturing facility with approximately 200 employees in Canada to service our domestic customers as well as our international customers in the United States, Mexico, Australia, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Along with the NAFTA agreement and changing landscape of Canadian textile import duties, we are in a prime position to provide our services to new customers around the world. We have also closely partnered with a carefully selected number of suppliers from China, Taiwan, and Cambodia to create a vertically integrated manufacturing process. This gives us the flexibility to source, innovate, and increase our total overall capacity to approximately 9 million units per year.
Since 2008, we’ve focused on growing our existing channel of distribution through the acquisition of brand licenses. We now license a variety of brands including Field & Stream, Avia, Cloudveil, Company Ellen Tracy and Ellen Tracy Active. In addition, we have also developed our own private labels with the most successful brand, Tuff Athletics, selling over 3 million units a year.
As a company and as individuals rooted in honesty and integrity, we take great pride in contributing to the communities where we live and work. C&O Apparel is actively involved in our community and have contributed not just dollars but countless hours to organizations such as the B.C. Children’s Hospital, B.C. Women’s Hospital, B.C. Cancer Foundation, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Annie B. Jamieson Elementary School. For example, in 2010, we raised over $120,000 by walking 60km around Vancouver in the Weekend to End Cancer Walk.