For over 85 years, McGregor Industries has been crafting high-quality socks and legwear. As a family operated company, McGregor is rooted in a tradition of premium craftsmanship and innovation. These guiding principles have allowed McGregor Industries to market socks and legwear in 80 countries around the world.
McGregor Industries was founded by brothers, Jack and Nathan Lipson and brother-in-law Joseph Doran in 1928. Although none had Scottish roots, Jack’s deep rooted thrift and fiscal prudence made him fit the stereotype of a frugal Scotsman in almost every way. The company quickly grew to sell men’s and boy’s socks in over a thousand menswear stores across Canada.
American Essentials has been operating as a division of McGregor Industries for over 30 years. USA sales began in 1982, Europe in 2001 and Asia in 2009.
One of McGregor’s original sock lines, titled Happy Foot, The “Original” Cushion Sole Comfort Sock™ was developed and manufactured in Detroit in the 1930s at Republic Knitting Factory.
American Essentials holds licenses to many well-known brands including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Chaps and IZOD. Today, the company continues to be operated by third generation family members- The Lipson Brothers.
American Essentials has evolved into a global organization with sales and distribution centres around the world, and offices in Toronto, New York, London and Hong Kong. Products can be found in better department stores, specialty and chain retailers in over 80 countries worldwide.