Outclass started with an idea: to create a Canadian-made menswear brand that produces quality-driven, timeless clothing for the modern man. Creator and designer Matteo Sgaramella draws inspiration from his Canadian/Italian heritage, integrating sophisticated Italian styling and manufacturing techniques with durable materials suitable for the Canadian environment. Rebecca Sarracini, Matteo’s life and business partner, has been an integral part of the business since it's inception, handling all production and business operations. Together their commitment to producing top quality, Canadian-made clothing is the driving force behind the brand.
At one time Canada had a thriving garment industry with expertise in denim, knitwear and leather goods. Some of the most discriminating brands across the world produced their garments in Canada because of the reputation these factories acquired. The factory owners who managed to survive the industry-wide shift overseas did so through their perseverance and dedication for quality.
Matteo combed the Greater Toronto Area to find the factories, each specializing in different garment styles. Outclass shirting is produced by a third-generation, family-run factory in North York; bottoms are made on Spadina Avenue, in one of the last original factories in Toronto's historic garment district. The close relationships and proximity to the factories allow us to make frequent visits and take a hands-on approach to ensure quality standards are met.
All fabric used for Outclass t-shirts and athletic wear is knit in the Toronto Suburb of Scarborough, then dyed and processed in Ajax, Ontario. Shirting fabric is sourced from some of the top mills in Spain, Portugal and Italy and Merino wool yarn is imported from Germany. Outclass products are built to last, with a strong focus on durability, providing customers with an alternative to the constant consumerism that feeds fast fashion.
Lead photo by Chris Aznar