In 1924, my father, Sam Cowan founded Majestic Neckwear. The story began in 1901, when, at the age of thirteen, desolate and alone, he arrived in Canada, from Rumania, a country ravaged by famine and depression. Shortly thereafter he started as a peddler working out of a handcart selling scarves and mufflers and demand quickly called for the need of a horse and buggy. He was ambitious and his success led to the opening of a menswear store in Saskatoon, Canada. After many years, he sold it and pioneered making men’s Ties and Mufflers (Scarves) in Montréal, Canada under the name Majestic Neckwear. 23 years after arriving in Canada, at the age of 36, Sam began the long history of Majestic International.
In the 50’s, our sleepwear heritage began: it was considered very chic for a man to wear a white terry robe at the end and beginning of his day. Majestic sold many prestigious Canadian department stores terry robes made in their Canadian facility. The company continued to expand and grow. In the late 1980’s, when the space occupied by Majestic was no longer efficient, Andre, my husband, met with our son, Sam, to see if he would be interested in joining the Company. Sam was excited about the opportunity of overseeing the design and construction of a new 150,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building to house Majestic. In 2012, we moved to a new environmentally friendly, LEED certified, custom facility which incorporated many "Green" construction practices.
In the early 1990’s Sam presented Majestic products to the U.S. market. The US market responded to his business acumen, the product and the outstanding service that became the cornerstones of the business today. Today we are honored to count such esteemed companies as Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Bloomingdales, Saks and another 350 better menswear stores as our customers.
In three generations, my Father, Husband and Son have worked to show that the original philosophy of Sam Cowan; honesty, integrity and quality products remain the backbone and success of our Company. Business has changed and the way we do business has changed but our founding ideals have not: quality products and quality service are what we believe in.Esther Landsman