This is the story of a family owned and operated
3rd generation company. The year is 1935, in Sifton, Manitoba. Times
are tough. Unemployment is high. The innovative and caring mind of Willard
McPhedrain thinks “I can make things better!” Using his railroad connections and whirlwind
promoting skills, he promotes Sifton made products across Canada.
The manufacturing of spinning wheels, hand carding machines, and wool yarns get the community
working again! Pairing the first ever graph style knitting
pattern with bulky weight wool yarn launches Mary Maxim to great success.
The Cowichan style sweaters are all the rage with everyone! Including famous names of the
time. Leading in to the second generation, Larry McPhedrain’s vision brings Mary Maxim
to the United States. Expanding the catalog to include more exclusive
designs and new product lines make Mary Maxim the largest mail order company in North America.
Today, three generations later, Rusty McPhedrain carries on the entrepreneurial spirit of his
forefathers. Past meets present with timeless sweater designs
that still attract famous names and new partnerships. This generation has seen the explosion of
technology, triggering a growing website and social media connection to serve you better.
As we have throughout time, we strive to bring you great products and outstanding customer
service. Join us at marymaxim.com & marymaxim.ca, where
a world of creativity is waiting for you.