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Garment Industry History Initiative


Post your memoirs of life and work in the Garment Industry here!

  1. Ellen L. Greenfield said:

    Also… Does anyone have any memories of The Young Men’s Garment League-an organization in existence from the early 40’s until, at least the 1960’s.

    Posted May 29, 2012  Reply
  2. Ellen L. Greenfield said:

    I am writing a history of New York’s garment industry from the 1930′3 through the 1960’s. I am particularly interested in memories of fashions that were “big hits” or “big failures” in that period. The “hits” used to be called “Fords”.

    I am also interested in memories of the part women played in the world of 7th ave. Stories of buyers, assistant buyers, saleswomen in manufacturing showrooms and anyone who worked in a resident buying firm would be appreciated.

    Posted May 28, 2012  Reply
  3. Susan Sims said:

    My grandfather came from Italy with nothing and prospered in the garment business. During WWII, the majority of the shops “went military” but just a few remained in civilian clothing production. His remained civilian and he became a very wealthy man because of it. The businesses survived until 1980 when everything went overseas. He was just an Italian immigrant with a dream of “Making it in America”…….a lot of hard work and a little bit of *MAGIC*

    Posted March 20, 2012  Reply
  4. Janet Elwood said:

    I am working on a memoir which includes the garment industry of the ’50s. I need to know the percentage of that industry that survived that era. Also the percentage of manufacturing done in New York now….where the rest is or how it is accomplished otherwise.

    Posted March 12, 2012  Reply