The M. S. McClellan Story
M. S. McClellan & Co. was founded in 1966 on Cumberland Avenue in the heart of the University of Tennessee campus by Matthew McClellan. After spending several years working for various Knoxville clothiers, Matthew felt that there was void in local men’s clothing scene. Thus Hansom House was born where the current day Copper Cellar now resides. Finding inspiration from the brilliant colors and classic, yet updated, styles he saw on the campuses of Chapel Hill, Charlottesville and Sewanee, Matthew’s vision was an immediate success. It’s an inspiration and vision that continues today.
From the beginning, M. S. McClellan & Co. has been known for being a staple of traditional men’s (and later, women’s) clothing and unsurpassed personal service. There’s no denying that our earliest influences came from the British Isles and the Ivy League campuses. As time has moved on, that influence has moved to Italy with their beautiful fabrics and flattering silhouettes. Nonetheless, we are still firmly rooted in the clothing and relationships that built our name.
M. S. McClellan & Co. has long had a reputation for carrying the finest clothing available from premier global collections like Oxxford Clothing, Samuelsohn, Southwick, Canali, Robert Talbott, Eton, Alden, Peter Millar, Barbour and many others. In the mid 1980’s we added a women’s Department that has embraced the same tradition of carrying premium collections like Lafayette 148 and Kinross Cashmere.
As M. S. McClellan celebrated fifty years of business in 2016, we have maintained the same time honored respect for tradition in fine apparel as we did in the beginning. There have been changes in fashion as well as location, but our standard of quality and service has remained constant. We pride ourselves on bringing you clothing that speaks well of you — and more importantly lasts. When you step into M. S. McClellan & Co. it’s like stepping into a world unlike any other. You’ll be treated like a friend, professionally guided to build a wardrobe just for you, and you’ll leave with confidence. It’s been that way since 1966.