MONTREAL, PQ - A severe drought which limited cotton production in the southern United States last fall is having a dramatic effect on the Canadian tuxedo industry.
"With cotton stocks at an all time low in the US last year, denim is now in short supply," said Maurice Beliveau, a Montreal tailor who has been designing Canadian tuxedos for more than two decades. "Without denim, there's no way I can make a proper Canadian tuxedo."
The Canadian tuxedo is a two-piece ensemble, traditionally consisting of a pair of blue jeans and a button-down denim shirt. It is usually worn with the Canadian passport, or mullet haircut, and is the favoured formal attire for hockey players, lumberjacks, curlers, and Voyageurs.
With denim scarce, Canadian tuxedo makers may be forced to turn to other unorthodox materials, such as wool or satin, in order to meet the demand for formal attire.