Mozingo got into the clothing business in 1999 doing outside sales for Tennessee-based retailer Tom James Company. He left that business in 2001 and, in 2003, went into business for himself with help from his business partner, Wen Nance.
Mozingo and Nance opened Latham Thomas in Highland Village, which sold custom clothing in the store and to wholesalers and other retailers. In 2008, Nance took over the manufacturing and wholesale aspects of the business, and Mozingo took over the retail side. In 2010, Mozingo rebranded Latham Thomas as Mozingo Clothiers.
Today, Mozingo Clothiers does custom suits, sport jackets, trousers, dress shirts, accessories, jeans, shirts, socks and shoes, and also non-custom items. It also offers a wide assortment of casual wear. Custom suits start at $950, and custom shirts at $145.
"Here in Mississippi, a lot of our customers want a suit that's made of a year-round quality fabric like 100 percent wool," Mozingo says. He says linen and linen blends are also a popular choice here because they're lightweight and breathe well, even though they may wrinkle. For summer, he says the big trend is wool blends, and silk and linen in bright colors with accents such as contrasting button holes in light blue or pink and pocket squares for suits.
Earlier this year, Mozingo moved the business to 3100 N. State St. in the Fondren neighborhood. The new location opened on March 1.
"We're all excited for our move and are very appreciative of all our customers over the last 13 years," Mozingo says. "I'm a lifelong resident of Jackson, and I always want to stay here and have my business here, too. Jackson is home to me; it's familiar. I can walk into establishments and see the people who own it and been there for years, and I love that sense of community. I'm looking forward to seeing all our customers both old and new in Fondren."
Mozingo Clothiers (3100 N. State St., Suite 101, 601.713.7848) is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit mozingoclothiers.com.