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Sam Meyers was the son of immigrant parents and a tailor by trade. In 1905, master tailor Sam Meyers opened one of the first garment shops in the Midwest to supply ready-made tuxedos altered to customer's specifications. Three generations later, the family is carrying on the tradition of quality formal wear and superior customer service on which the business was founded.

The company has expanded into one of the nations largest wholesale suppliers of men's formal wear. Today, from its central location in Louisville, KY, Sam Meyers Formal Wear, Inc. provides other wholesalers and retailers nationwide with a huge selection of the latest formal wear and accessories. The company also owns and operates the largest dry cleaning operation in the Midwest. In addition to our Louisville locations, Sam Meyers owns a store in Nashville, Tennessee. that specialize in costume rentals and sales in addition to formal wear; a tuxedo store in Evansville, Indiana; and a satellite warehouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sam Meyers Grows Up

Mr. Meyers only daughter, Mary Lee Meyers married Jim Corbett, who entered the business and eventually took over as president. They have five children - Carolyn, Sam, Pat, Mark and Lee. Jim Corbett started the wholesale division to rent tuxedos regionally. When Sam Meyers passed away in 1962, Jim continued the the high standards with the help of two of his sons, Sam and Pat. The other siblings took different career paths. When Jim retired in the mid 1990's Sam and Pat purchased the company.

Sam Meyers main warehouse is located in Louisville and consists of 110,000 square feet. It is considered to be one of the largest tuxedo warehouses in the world.

It may be helpful to know something about the company's growth. Consider this; in the mid 60's Sam Meyers F.W. was located in downtown Louisville at 2nd and Jefferson Streets in a building with about 5,000 square feet of space -- about the size of your average McDonald's restaurant. The company moved to larger quarters at 6th and Main in 1978, occupying 40,000 square feet. The company moved again in July of 1986 into the current state of the art facility we now occupy, with over 110,000 square feet of space.



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