Obama Suitmaker Busts Its Buttons

Chicago-based Hartmarx files for Chapter 11 protection

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009  |  Updated 12:00 PM CDT
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Obama Suitmaker Busts Its Buttons

Chicago Sun-Times

President Barack Obama's preferred suitmaker, Hartmarx, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday.

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The suitmaker made famous by President Barack Obama has fired for bankruptcy.

Chicago-based Hartmarx Corp. and its U.S. subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 protection Friday. The company says its Canadian and other non-U.S. affiliates have not sought bankruptcy protection.
  
Hartmarx makes business, casual and golf apparel under its own brands, including Hart Schaffner Marx. The clothier's products can be found in department stores and mail-order catalogs.
  
The company has arranged up to $160 million of debtor-in-possession financing and is seeking court approval to continue operating its business and paying employees.
  
Hartmarx made a tuxedo, a topcoat and a suit for Obama's inauguration. The company also made the dark-navy custom-made suit Obama wore Election Night in Chicago.

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