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Garment Industry History Initiative

Stitching Stories: Herb Goldsmith

Interviewed by Louise Bernikow
Cinematography by Eleanor Burke
Edited by Ron Eyal

Part 1: Herb talks about his early life, his father’s job as a traveling salesman, and his start in radio.
Part 2: The interview continues as Herb recounts his military service during World War II, the beginning of his career in the garment business at Chief Apparel, and working with Allie Reynolds and Tony Curtis on endorsement deals.
Part 3: Herb discusses going into business for himself with the purchase of a European apparel import company.
Part 4: In 1985, Members Only released a pioneering anti-drug public service annoucement. Herb tells the story of how the campaign got started and how it contributed to the phenomenal success of the company.