My son Brant is one of Sam Ryder's best friends. A huge fan of how Sam dressed on Tour, Brant convinced me to start carrying Greyson in the store. More than a few seasons in, the brand has grown exponentially and has become the go-to for our clients looking to modernize their look. Greyson's concept of Dress Sport resides nicely with the John Craig client. Our men are looking to combine their active lifestyle with their formerly business professional way of dressing. Greyson does just that. I personally love the jogger and wear that look so often. My biggest surprise, though, has been the hoodies. If you had asked me five years ago, I never would have thought of myself as a hoodie person, but here I am, reaching for cashmere hoodies whenever the temps turn. I always travel with them. The Koko cashmere is my personal favorite, but the limited edition graphic hoodies and the technical Cokato hoodie are the best when it is too warm for cashmere in Florida.

As a fine menswear retailer, I am so grateful for a successful year after 2020. We have kept all five doors open. Our business is up 100%. Our customer continues to find stylish apparel that suits their more relaxed lifestyle post-Covid. Especially with the number of retail doors that have shuttered and how shopping behaviors have become so automated, I find it so special to know our customers by their names and faces and have that intimate relationship with them. We have grown our online presence to keep up with the times, and trying to recreate that in-person experience is much more difficult, but it's 2021, and that's what you do when you are in retail. Our customers, employees, and vendors have been incredibly loyal, which means the world to me.

I can't wait to ring in the new year with my family and take a break from the business. Every year we go to Sea Island for the holidays, and it never disappoints. Having my pack together to welcome in the new year is what I love most.

Looking forward to 2022, I hope to continue the momentum we have had in 2021 with the stores and live our mantra of Live Well, Dress Well.

Craig DeLongy is the founder and CEO of John Craig, a fine menswear store with five locations across Florida. Founded in 1996, John Craig is a family-run business dedicated to dressing men in the most recent fashions from the best brands in the space. 2019 was a milestone moment for the family when they opened Carter and Finley, named after Craig's first grandchild. This location is their first store that sells to men and women.
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