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Garment Industry History Initiative


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  1. Anthony said:

    I remember a firm called budget dress I believe it had its main office in 501 seventh avenue and was owned by one Joel Goldberg who had a daughter Amy and I remember a Joel Rosenberg being a salesman there, this was in the early 1980’s all was in decline at that time and it seemed impossible to make your way in the business. unless you were an insider with strong industry affiliations. I was very disillusioned at the lack of opportunity for those not related to the owners. unless of course you were the son in law of one of the buyers at K-mart or Sears etc. up until that era of what seemed to be consolidation, downsizing and corporate flight there had been many a fortune made in garments. diamonds run (Wayne Diamond), Dorby frocks, I.J.S. fabrics, panorama knits so so many different dress houses and piece goods converters that its hard to remember any of them I guess most have moved or combined operations abroad but one thing is for sure there is very little room at the top and comp. is fierce the good old days where well before my time!

    Posted January 4, 2011  Reply
    • Robert C said:

      The owners of Budget Dress were Jerry Goldberg,Nick Patti,and Al Rosengartner.The stores were always looking for cheaper prices when they bought dresses from the manufactures.I did all the trucking for Budget Dress.The stores forced the manufacturers to go to jungles looking for factories to make the garments as cheap as possible.Dont think it was high labor costs that forced garments being made out of the country.Were you ever in a sweatshop.I serviced 70 shops.Believe me,those people sitting at those machines were starving.

      Posted January 23, 2011  
    • Robert C said:

      In the late eighties Budget Dress was taken over by a salesman named Richie Zimmerman.At one time Budget Dres was one of the biggest dress houses in the buisness.Dont forget thirty or forty years ago there were so so much more stores.Remember to name a few.Petrie.Miller Wohl,Zayres.Caldors.Bradlies,Woolco.and it goes on and on.There are so many less stores than there was before.Anthony.did you spend alot of time in the garment center?I was there from 1977 to 1998.The party is over.

      Posted January 23, 2011  
  2. Tessa W. said:

    I am doing a research paper on how outsorcing jobs to other countries has changed the garment industry in America. is there any resources that can be reccommended for this subject? I’m having some trouble finding documentation to back up my topic

    Posted January 13, 2010  Reply
    • Robert C said:

      There was an HBO special about 2 months ago called schmatta something rags to riches.It was a documentary on the decline of the garment industry.Exactly what you are looking for.My family had a trucking business and we had 70 shops that we used to service.One by one closed because they could not find work because all the manufacturers started sending the work overseas.I spent 20yrs in the garment center.I loved it and will never forget it

      Posted January 14, 2010  
    • Anthony said:

      old issues of Womans wear daily may be of value for insight as well as a resource for names of the former executives and converters who could shed light on why they left. finding and speaking to the former Garmentos and their children may be a good source. But lets face it it comes down to the high cost of unions, political collusion, corruption,environmental regulations and a polite bureau that rewards hard work with ever higher taxes and regulations and dont forget about the n.y. mafia. these barriers are not as costly in other countries I find it very sad to think of all that was lost or just given away, centuries of acquired working knowledge that in one generation will be gone forever lace ,knits, fabric manufacturing has always been a wonderful and expressive art form with great complexity in it manufacture. so much history and tradition has been destroyed by the evolving market place and the greed which envelops every aspect of the capitalists market place.

      Posted January 4, 2011  
  3. B Rinaldi said:

    My father was a garment carrier and garment maker from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. His trucking company was Barney Rinaldi Inc. We garaged in the Bronx by the Zoo, our first stops were an 187th street and we made our way downtown to deliver finished goods around 7th ave and 34th st and then picked up the bundles from the cutting rooms on 10th ave to deliver to the manufacturing shops. Here is a list of names, places, shops, companies etc in my memory. Any recollections would be appreciated.

    Barney Rinaldi, JO-Ann MFG, Joanna Blouse, Chippy Bros, Natty-Q, Consolidated Trucking, Thomas Gambino, the ” Association”, Hygrade Casket, Leon Kalinski, Max and Sam, 501 7th ave. 149th st, 138th street, FM&B, Rusty Bordanaro, Dennis Bordanaro, Pete ( Persio) Palanco, Joe Patti, S & H, MariJon sportswear, DURANTE trucking, Blackie and Whitey, Theresa Aiello,

    Posted November 17, 2009  Reply
    • Robert C said:

      We also serviced the Bronx and upper Manhattan.Do you remember Duo Garment Carriers.We had one stop on 187th ST.We also had a shop that worked for Joanna Blouse on 18 or 19th ST.Did the trucks have the name on the side because I do not remember B Rinaldi Trucking.Our office was 307 west 38th ST.We shut down in 1998.Our last big account closed up and that was it,there was nothing left.

      Posted January 14, 2010  
    • Robert C said:

      Durante sold out to Giordano.I wonder if Joe Patti was family with Nick Patti who was an owner of Budget Dress.Do you remember Budget Dress? How many trucks did you run? We ran 4 trucks in the Bronx then 3 then 2 then 1 then none and then we had a few accounts delivering to the consolidators and chain stores.We had Karin Stevens,Budget Dress and Casablanca.Do they ring a bell?

      Posted January 14, 2010  
  4. John Bolog said:

    My father, Irving Bolog worked his entire career for Widder Brothers, 1441 Broadway. This was in an era when one could work a lifetime for one company and retire comfortably.

    He did quite well. The Widder Brothers became rich…


    Posted October 26, 2009  Reply