From the Ground Up, Janska Builds Dignified Clothing

Business has always been good for Jan Erickson and Jon Thomas, owners of Janska Clothing that Comforts.

In business since 2003, Janska staff envision, design, cut, sew and sell clothing like jackets, socks, hats, scarves and more.

Erickson’s and Thomas’ knowledge of business has grown in time with the bottom line, they said recently.

“We’ve had 175 percent growth in sales since 2010,” Erickson said. “There’s not been a year when we haven’t had a positive growth in sales.

“We grew when the recession hit.”

Not so bad, especially for a married couple who started the business when they were in their 50s, and with neither of them having any background in apparel or small business.

It did take eight years for them to draw a paycheck: one paycheck for both of them.

Since the beginning, all of their products have been crafted in the United States. They outsource some of the sewing to Washington, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indiana, and locally at Sew and Sew in Colorado Springs. The Janska shop, in southern Colorado Springs near the Hotel Eleganté, includes space for expert seamstresses who sit at industrial sewing machines that buzz with activity.

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