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A. Beller & Co.
US.20191212.001 · Corporate body · 1890-1931

A. Beller & Co. was a cloak and suit manufacturer established in 1890 by Abraham Beller. The A. Beller & Co. adaptions of imported models as well as the company's own original designs were of the highest quality and retailed at high-end department stores. The company's product was considered the gold standard for American manufacturers, and the company's executives, Abraham Beller and Max Meyer, were widely respected within the industry. The company shuttered its doors in 1931 amid the Great Depression.

Abercrombie & Fitch
US.20200222.004 · Corporate body · 1892-

Abercrombie & Fitch was founded in 1892 by David Abercrombie. Then known as Abercrombie Co., the brand sold outdoor specialty goods. Twelve years later, Ezra Fitch becomes a partner and the name changes to Abercrombie & Fitch. The company was sold to James S. Cobb in 1928 after Fitch retired. Throughout the mid-20th century, the brand changed owners as well as visions for the brand. In 1996, the company, now owned by Limited Brands, went public on the New York Stock Exchange. Notable customers of the brand include Amelia Earhart, John F. Kennedy, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Abraham & Straus
US.20200523.004 · Corporate body · 1865-1995

Abraham & Straus was founded by Abraham Abraham and Isidor Straus, co-owner of R.H. Macy and Company, on February 14, 1865 in Brooklyn, NY. Taking up an entire city block ( between Fulton, Hoyt, and Livingston Streets and Gallatin Place) Abraham & Straus remained one of these shopping destinations in Brooklyn throughout the late 19th and most of the 20th century. The owners often planned new expansions, like a 10 story complex in 1928 (the Great Depression made it so only three sections were constructed). In 1959, the store expanded once again spilling over to the lot across Hoyt Street. By the mid-century, however, the area surrounding the department store began to lose it's grandeur. In 1995, the store was repurposed into a Macy's. Today, you can still see parts of the original design inside the Macy's.

US.20210820.003 · Corporate body

Agnès-Drécoll was a French fashion house formed by the 1931 merger of Maison Agnès, an undergarment and cloak specialist and the dressmaking firm Drécoll, which was first established in Vienna and, later, Paris, under the direction of Mme. and M. Besançon de Wagner. The Besançon de Wagners' daughter, Marguerite, got her start in fashion working for them and later established her own couture house, Maggy Rouff.

Akris (Firm)
US.20200314.019 · Corporate body · 1922-

Akris is a Swiss fashion house founded in 1922 as an apron atelier by Alice Kriemler-Schoch. Located in the textile epicenter of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Kriemler-Schoch used local textiles often incorporated the fine machine embroidery for which the town is renowned. In 1944, Alice's son, Max, joined the business and relaunched it as Akris (a riff on his mother's initials), a full-fledged ready-to-wear brand. During the 1970s, the company engaged in partnerships with Givenchy and Ted Lapidus. Upon his father's death, Albert Kriemler took over as creative director furthering Akris' status as a luxury brand. Signatures of the house include the use of double-faced fabrics, horsehair textiles and the signature embroideries of St. Gallen.

Alberto & Roy (Firm)
US.20181006-016 · Corporate body · 1951 or 1955 (depending on source)

Founded in either 1951 or 1955, Alberto & Roy is an Italian trend-forecasting company which specializes in textiles. The company is known for its "sensory books, which are extremely rich in materials and ideas: hundreds of real fabric samples, real yarns, real colours."

US.20220414.013 · Corporate body · 1976-1995

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), former union of garment and apparel workers in the United States and Canada. It was formed in 1976 by the merger of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), a large union representing workers in the men’s clothing industry, with the Textile Workers Union of America, a smaller union founded in 1939. The ACWA was originally formed when militant elements within the United Garment Workers, a relatively conservative union, broke away in 1914 to form their own union under the leadership of Sidney Hillman (q.v.). He became president of the new union and held that office until his death in 1946. Under Hillman’s leadership the ACWA became the most important and successful of the clothing unions. It secured great improvements and benefits for its members, including cooperative housing, banks, and insurance programs. In 1933 the ACWA was admitted into the American Federation of Labor, but it withdrew to become a founding member of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1935.

The merger of the ACWA with the Textile Workers Union of America in 1976 produced a new union, the ACTWU, which had a membership of about 500,000. Over the next two decades the ACTWU’s membership shrank along with employment in the American apparel industry, and in 1995 the ACTWU merged with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), with a total membership of about 350,000.

US.20220414.015 · Corporate body · 1914-1995

The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) was founded in 1914 in revolt against the established men's clothing workers union. It went on to become one of the most important and powerful industrial unions in American history. The ACWA arose out of a need among workers in the men's clothing trade for an organization that would represent every worker in the industry, not just the minority of skilled craftsmen, whose numbers were decreasing as clothing production became increasingly segmented and de-skilled in the late nineteenth century.

The first successful union of men's clothing workers was the United Garment Workers (UGW), founded in 1891 by immigrant workers who chose native-born craftsmen to head the union. Within a couple of decades, this effort at acceptability backfired as the UGW's leadership became increasingly distant from the union's immigrant majority. During two of the most significant clothing workers' strikes—in New York City during 1910 and Chicago in 1911—the UGW leaders refused to support the striking workers.

The tension between the native-born overalls makers who dominated the UGW leadership and the foreign-born majority reached its height at the 1914 national convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The urban immigrant delegates who made it there were denied seating on trumped-up charges of unpaid dues. So those delegates bolted the convention and at a nearby hotel convened themselves as the "true" United Garment Workers. After the new organization was forced to surrender its claim to the UGW name by court order, the new union adopted the name Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America at a subsequent convention. Sidney Hillman, a Chicago clothing worker, became the ACWA's first president. Although denied recognition by the American Federation of Labor (AFL), its numbers quickly swelled to 177,000 clothing workers by 1920.

During World War I, the ACWA maintained and even improved wages, hours, and working conditions. By 1917, it had established the forty-eight hour week in the nation's two biggest centers of clothing manufacturing—New York City and Chicago. During the 1920s, however, the union had to struggle to stay alive in the face of depression and red scare without and organized crime infiltration and racketeering within. During the Great Depression of the 1930s the ACWA was finally admitted into the AFL, but because of continuing differences within the federation over whether to organize by industry or craft, the ACWA joined the new Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) (later the Congress of Industrial Organizations) as a charter member in 1935. The ACWA also shored up its political respectability when Hillman, as president of the ACWA, served on the advisory board of the National Recovery Administration (NRA) during its brief existence from 1933 to 1935. As the ACWA grew in numbers between the 1920s and the 1950s, it also expanded its scope, pioneering social welfare programs for its members that included health insurance, a health center, banks, and even a housing cooperative. As a result of plant closings and declining memberships, in 1976 the ACWA merged with the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) to form the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU). Then, in 1995, ACTWU merged with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE!).

US.20200404.040 · Corporate body · 1884-

American Academy of Dramatic Arts was founded by Franklin Haven Sargent in 1884. The Lyceum Theatre in Manhattan was the school's home until 1963 when the campus moved to its present location on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

US.20200715.013 · Corporate body · 1933-

Originally the Southern Garment Manufacturers Association, the American Apparel manufacturers Association was founded in 1933. The firm was renamed in 1960 to reflect representing of the nation's apparel manufacturers. In August 2000, the firm was renamed once again as the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

US.20201204.013 · Corporate body · 1915-

The American Association of University Professors is a non-profit membership association of faculty and other academic professionals. It was founded in 1915 and focuses on shaping American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in American colleges and universities.

US.20200125.013 · Corporate body · 1857-

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

US.20201204.014 · Corporate body

The American Marketing Association is a professional association for marketing professionals.

American Tourister
US.20200523.007 · Corporate body · 1933-

American Tourister was founded by Sol Koffler in 1933 in Providence, Rhode Island. The company continues to sell luggage and other bags.

André Studios
US.20180702.068 · Corporate body · 1930-1941

André Studios was a sketch, or croquis, subscription service for garment industry professionals, located at 570 Seventh Avenue in New York City. The company was founded by designer Pearl Levy (Pearl Alexander Lipman) and her business partner, salesman Leonard Schwartzbach, sometime during the year 1930. André Studios was one of the many design services which relied heavily on copying and adapting existing models in order to supply a sufficient, up-to-date product to their customers.

US.20201113.001 · Corporate body
Anglo Fabrics Company, Inc.
US.20200404.022 · Corporate body · 1940-

Anglo Fabrics Company, Inc. was founded in 1939 by brothers Leo and Paul Honig. The firm produced high-fashion wool and wool-blend textiles. In 1965, the firm teamed up with Helena Rubenstein to create a line of colored fabrics that will match with Rubenstein's makeup products.

Archigram (Group)
US.20200404.003 · Corporate body · 1960-

Archigram was an avante-garde group of British architects active between 1961-1974. The members included Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, Ron Herron, Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, and Michael Webb. Archigram first exhibited their work "LIVING CITY" in London in 1963. The collective's name comes from ARCHItecture and teleGRAM.

Archizoom associati
US.20200516.015 · Corporate body · 1966-

Archizoom associati, an avant-garde Italian furniture company, was founded by Massimo Morozzi, Paolo Deganello, Gilberto Corretti, and Andrea Branzi in Florence in 1966.

Aris Glove Company
US.20200118.008 · Corporate body · 1910-

The Aris Glove Company, a European maker of fine leather gloves and knit accessories, was founded in 1910. The company moved to the United States and in the early 1970s, created a unique glove made from a nylon/spandex fabric with leather trim. Recognizing the glove’s unique 4-way stretch and massaging properties, Aris named the glove isotoner by combining the words “isometric” and “toning.” The isotoner glove was a major success with a name so recognizable that Aris adopted it and became ARIS Isotoner, Inc.

In 1997 the Totes Corporation merged with Aris Isotoner forming the Totes Isotoner Corporation.

US.20200118.016 · Corporate body · 1972-

The Aston Magna Foundation sponsors educational programs that bring to communities the study of music and other arts of the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries and organized performances at various concert halls.

US.20201204.015 · Corporate body
Avon Products, Inc.
US.20220408.040 · Corporate body · 1886-

Avon Products, Inc. manufactures and markets cosmetics and beauty-related products. Its product categories are Beauty, Fashion, and Home. The Beauty category consists of color cosmetics, fragrances, skincare, and personal care. The Fashion category consists of fashion jewelry, watches, apparel, footwear, accessories and children’s products. The Home category consists of gift and decorative products, housewares, entertainment and leisure products, and nutritional products. The company operates through five geographical segments: Latin America; North America; Central & Eastern Europe; Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific. Avon Products was founded by David H. McConnell in 1886 and is headquartered in New York, NY.“

B. Altman & Co.
US.20200404.026 · Corporate body · 1865-1990

The B. Altman Company was founded by Benjamin Altman in 1865 at 10th St. and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan's East Village and in the early 1870s, the retail establishment relocated to Ladies' Mile. As the department store steadily grew into one of New York's leading retailers, a larger premises was planned, opening in 1877 at 301 6th Ave between 18th and 19th Streets. In 1904, the New York Evening Sun described the Altman’s Sixth Avenue establishment as “one of the greatest stores in the world … a Bon Marché of the New World.” In 1906, the store relocated once again to a larger premises on Fifth Ave and 34th St. which was dubbed the "Palace of Trade...the store was organized literally by departments: women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, lingerie, maids’ uniforms, linens, fine lace, and even art objects and rare books and manuscripts, all under one roof." Customer's flocked to the Fifth Avenue location, making B. Altman a pioneer on the development of the Fifth Avenue retail scene.

Upon the death of Benjamin Altman in 1913, the store was operated by his philanthropic organization, the Altman Foundation. However in 1986, the New York state tax code changed, making it illegal for a charitable organization to own a for-profit endeavor which funded it. Sold to other business entities, the company floundered, filing for bankruptcy in 1989 and shuttering its doors in 1990. The B. Altman Building located on Fifth Avenue was granted landmark status by New York City in 1985 and now houses the CUNY Graduate Center and for a brief period was home to NYPL's SIBL Library.

Badgley Mischka (Firm)
US.20200804.019 · Corporate body

Badgley Mischka is an American fashion house launched by Mark Badgley and James Mischka. After meeting in fashion school at Parson's School of Design, the duo cut their teeth under iconic American labels, Mark at Donna Karen and James under Willi Smith. Joining forces in 1988, James says of their vision, "Our style harks back to the glamorous Hollywood of the Forties. The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant.”

Formerly owned by Escada, the brand is now the property of Iconix Brand Group.

Balenciaga (Firm)
US.20180927-008 · Corporate body · 1919 (date of establishment)

The house of Balenciaga was founded in 1937 by the Basque-born Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, who fled his country amid the tensions of the Spanish Civil War. The house quickly rose to prominence as a leading French couture house, known for its sculptural creations and innovative silhouettes. Balenciaga sat at the helm of the house until his retirement in 1968. The house of Balenciaga was revived in 1986 under the creative direction of Michel Goma, followed by Josephus Thimister and notably Nicolas Ghesquière in 1997. In 2012, Alexander Wang replaced Ghesquière until 2015 when Demna Gvasalia was tapped as the house's new creative director.

Ballets russes
US.20210820.007 · Corporate body · 1909-1929

Founded in Paris in 1909 by Russian ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the avant-garde dance company employed the talents of some of the great early 20th centuries creatives including choreographers Michel Fokine and George Balanchine, dancers Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky. Musical scores for the troupe were created by Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky and Erick Satie. Artists and designers who created sets and stage costumes included Léon Bakst, Picasso, Rouault, Matisse, and Derain.

The Ballets russes dissolved as a company upon the death of its founder Diaghilev in 1929.

US.20201113.003 · Corporate body · 1893-1986

Bamberger's was a department store chain native to New Jersey. It was founded in Newark in 1893 by Louis Bamberger and originally named L. Bamberger & Co. In 1929, it was bought by R.H. Macy and Co. Over the decades, the chain branched out across the state, opening multiple locations. However, in 1986, Macy's made the decision to rename all Bamberger's stores as Macy's.

US.20220408.017 · Corporate body · 1978-

Banana Republic is a clothing and accessories retailer owned by the American multinational corporation Gap Inc. It was founded in 1978 by Mel and Patricia Ziegler, who originally called the company "Banana Republic Travel & Safari Clothing Company." The original concept for the company was to sell items that complement a safari and travel lifestyle. In 1983, Gap purchased the company, changed the name to "Banana Republic," and rebranded the stores.

Barbizon Hotel (Barbizon 63)
US.20220318.097 · Corporate body · 1927-

The Barbizon (known since 2005 as Barbizon 63), is a building located at 140 East 63rd Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. It was for many decades a female-only residential hotel for young women who came to New York City for professional opportunities.

Barneys New York
US.20230525.005 · Corporate body · 1923-2019

Barneys New York was founded in 1923 by Barney Pressman in New York City as a men's clothing store. Barney's son, Fred, transformed the store into a luxury retail destination by introducing designers such as Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Cardin to their customers. Barneys introduced women's clothing and accessories to their stock in the 1970s. The company filed for bankruptcy in the mid-1990s. Since then, they've undergone a series of owners. In 2019 Barneys shuttered for good, with its name being licensed by Saks Fifth Avenue.

US.20190412.003 · Corporate body · 1890-

Founded around 1890, the fashion house Beer was one of the four oldest in Paris, its only predecessors being Worth, Doucet, and Paquin. Designer Gustave Beer’s design philosophy was “conservative elegance for conservative customers,” which included the who’s who of international royalty. The former Czarina of Russia and queens of Belgium, Italy and Romania were patrons of the house, which was reputed to have the highest prices in Paris. The house was especially known for their evening gowns, rich embroideries, furs and lingerie. Founder, Gustave passed away in 1908 after which time Beer continued under the direction of Paul Trimbach and Monsieur Pierre, who served as the head designer into the 1920s.Merged with Drecoll in 1929 under the name Drecoll-Beer. Drecoll-Beer merged with House of Agnes in 1931, dropped Beer from name.

Ben Gershel
US.20230525.001 · Corporate body

Ben Gershel was coat and suit house. "From the nineteen‐thirties through the fifties it was regarded as one of the top flight houses, along with Traina-Norell, Ben Zuckerman and Monte‐Sano and Pruzan."

Ben Thylan Furs
US.20201103.055 · Corporate body · 1943-

Ben Thylan Furs was founded in 1943 by Ben Thylan (1923 - 2010). His store sold luxury furs. In 1985, he and his business were charged with sales tax evasion. Ben Thylan Furs, a prominent New York City furrier, closed its doors in 2010 after their founders death. His daughter Jane was President of the business for the last 25 years.

Benetton (Firm)
US.20220408.016 · Corporate body · 1965-

Benetton Group is a global fashion brand based in Ponzano Veneto, Italy founded in 1965. Benetton Group has a network of approximately 4,000 stores worldwide.

US.20180702.069 · Corporate body · 1901 (date of establishment)

Bergdorf Goodman began as a custom tailoring shop in 1901, named such after Edwin Goodman (1876-1953) bought out his partners in what had previously been the tailoring firm of Bergdorf and Voigt. Goodman had acquired a reputation for immaculate tailoring and an inspired understanding of cut and materials. Bergdorf Goodman expanded into ready-to-wear in 1923, but continued to offer custom clothing and millinery well into the 1960s. It was one of the last department stores to offer this service, indicative of the very wealthy clientele who favored Bergdorf Goodman and placed orders from around the globe. Primary couturier to New York society, Edwin Bergman and the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon also outfitted international royalty, Broadway and Hollywood stars, and the elites of Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and the West Coast, many of whom spent $100,000/year in the store. Bergdorf Goodman was known for the immaculate craftsmanship of its clothes, and later for furs.

The custom salon was never strictly profitable for Bergdorf Goodman because of the high cost of labor and materials, and the cost of research and buying trips to Paris and Italy. A 1951 Business Week article on the department store reported that the custom salon “has not made money since 1929.” The salon employed 3 top-notch designers, 115 dressmakers, 55 tailors, 14 dressers, a “string of saleswomen, models, and assistants,” not to mention the sketch-makers and watercolorists who produced the sketches that comprise most of this collection. But this boutique service raised the profile of the department store and the house designers who worked in the custom salon also contributed designs for Bergdorf Goodman’s ready-to-wear collection. Edwin Goodman has been credited with extending the construction techniques of higher-end garments (deep hems and cutting on the true bias) to ready-to-wear, and raising the standards for the mass manufacture of clothing in the United States.

Andrew Goodman (1907-1993) succeeded his father as President of the store in 1951 on the occasion of the store’s 50th anniversary, and remained active until 1975, three years after it became part of the Broadway-Hale department store chain. Bergdorf Goodman subsequently became a division of the Neiman Marcus group. The store has been at its present location at 58th Street and Fifth Avenue since 1928. Unlike other department stores, Bergdorf Goodman never expanded to include branches in the suburbs.

Bergdorf Goodman Inc. is a luxury goods department store based on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The company was founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf and was later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman, and later his son Andrew Goodman.

US.20181012-014 · Corporate body

Beryl Tucker Young Trends Inc. was a trend forecasting company catered to childrenswear manufacturers.

Best & Co.
US.20210820.013 · Corporate body · 1879–1971

Best & Co. was a department store founded in New York City in 1879 by Albert Best. Part of the 'Ladies' Mile' shopping district, the stalwart Manhattan store expanded its footprint with locations in tony suburbs in the tri-state area before expanding to Washington, D.C. and Chicago in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1966, the chain included 20 US-based locations when it was acquired by a fashion conglomerate, McCrory's who closed and liquidated the Best & Co. properties during the 1970s.

Bethann Management Agency
US.20220312.002 · Corporate body · 1984-

Modeling agency formed in 1984 by Bethann Hardison, which focused on diversifying the fashion industry.

B.H. Wragge Co.
US.20201103.056 · Corporate body · 1925 - 1971

B.H. Wragge Co. was founded in 1925 and was acquired by Sidney Wragge in 1931. Sidney, born in 1908 in Brooklyn, acted as the president and head designer until 1971 when the company folded (Sidney took the last name Wragge as his own). The company was known for its "All American," mix-and-match separates. Not only winning the COTY award twice, Sidney Wragge served as the first CFDA president from 1962 until 1965.

US.20200923.001 · Corporate body

Biagiotti is an Italian fashion brand founded by Laura Biagiotti (1943 - 2017) in 1972. The New York Times has referred to Laura Biagiotti as the Cashmere Queen. Biagiotti's manufacturing was moved to China 1988. Laura Biagiotti's daughter, Lavinia Biagiotti Cigna, became Vice President of the company in 2005. The brand was recognized by the Italy-USA Foundation in 2011, being awarded the America Award.

Bianchini-Férier (Firm)
US.20190412.006 · Corporate body · 1889-

The textile firm was founded in 1889 in the city of Lyon—the center of French luxury textile production since the days of Louis XIV. Bianchini-Férier set the industry standard with innovative and novel fabrics and cultivated a close relationship with the couture industry. Many of their most innovative fabrics, such as silk charmeuse and crepe georgette, were designed specifically for their use in couture gowns. From 1912 to 1928, the company collaborated with artist and designer Raoul Dufy whose bold, distinctive patterns often played out within the pages of Gazette du bon ton. The company survives to this day, albeit under a different name: in 1992, it was taken over by Tissages Bauman and later by Cédric Brochier.

Bill Blass Limited
US.20210825.001 · Corporate body · 1970-present

American fashion house, later became Bill Blass Group

US.20200923.003 · Corporate body · 1962-

Could refer to the fashion brand Dorothee Bis: Founded in 1962 by Elie and Jacqueline Jacobson, Dorothy Bis is a French fashion brand that focuses on ready-to-wear sportswear. The brand has sourced materials from all over the globe. Their look is young, fashion conscious, Parisian chic. The brand claims to be one of the early adopters of the boho look in the early 1970s. American consumers could find Dorothee Bis boutiques in Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale's in New York. In 2003, the BCBG Max Azria group purchased the brand.

Black Panther Party
US.20200404.030 · Corporate body · 1966-

"The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) was founded in October 1966 in Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, who met at Merritt College in Oakland. It was a revolutionary organization with an ideology of Black nationalism, socialism, and armed self-defense, particularly against police brutality. It was part of the Black Power movement, which broke from the integrationist goals and nonviolent protest tactics of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The BPP name was inspired by the use of the black panther as a symbol that had recently been used by the Lowndes County Freedom Organization, an independent Black political party in Alabama." ~ The US National Archives and Record Administration

Bloomie's Express
US.20200530.002 · Corporate body · 1986

In 1986 Bloomingdale's opened two small stores at JFK Airport in New York called Bloomie's Express.

Bloomingdale's (Firm)
US.20181109-016 · Corporate body · 1860 (date of establishment)

Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale got their start in the fashion industry in 1860 as the purveyors of ladies' hoop skirts on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In 1872, they launched a department store called the East Side Bazaar which offered a variety of imported European fashions. Changing the name to Bloomingdales and expanding to 59th St. and Lexington Ave. in 1886, the store became well-known for its large plate glass window displays and dynamic ad campaigns. By the 1920s, Bloomingdales occupied the entire block of its 59th St. location, establishing itself as a premier shopping destination in New York City.

Board of Trustees
US.20180702.070 · Corporate body · 1951 (date of establishment)

The Board of Trustees of the Fashion Institute of Technology establishes policies governing the college. Subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, the Board appoints the college president, approves curricula, approves budgets, establishes tuition and fees within legal limits, and approves sites and facilities. It is responsible for the care, custody, control and management of the college’s physical facilities. The Board sets policies and delegates to the president or her designees the responsibility for implementing them, including personnel policies; the creation of divisions, departments, and administrative and academic positions; rules governing student conduct; the use of college facilities by outside organizations; the admission of students; and the preparation of the budget. The Board also has such other powers and duties as provided by New York law or prescribed by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

By State law, there are sixteen trustees: eight are appointed by the college’s local sponsor, through the New York City Panel for Educational Policy; seven are appointed by the governor, but must reside in New York City; and one, a student at the college, is elected by the other students of the college. Other than the student trustee, all trustees appointed after August 5, 2003 have seven-year terms; trustees appointed previously had nine-year terms. The student trustee serves for one year but has the same parliamentary privileges, including the right to vote, as the other members. The Board selects its chair from among its voting membership.The first Board of Trustees meeting was held on 1951 November 5 where all oaths of office were administered by Justice Charles D. Breitel, Justice of the Supreme Court, First Judicial District. Dr. Lawrence L. Jarvie served as the first and temporary chair and then Max Meyer served as the first elected chair. Also elected was Mortimer Ritter as President of the College. The first Secretary of the Board was Shirley Goodman. Minutes are produced as a result of each meeting. In the early days of the College, the Board met much more frequently, as often as once a month whereas now, the Board meets four (4) times per year.

Bobbie Brooks, Inc.
US.20220414.011 · Corporate body · 1939-

BOBBIE BROOKS, INC., a leader in the production of women's apparel, was established by MAURICE SALTZMAN and Max Reiter as Ritmore Sportswear, Inc. in a loft in the Bradley Bldg. on W. 6th St. in 1939. Beginning with a $3,000 investment, they built the company into a multi-million dollar operation within the next 15 years. In 1953 Saltzman bought out Reiter's share in the company for $1 million and the firm became Bobbie Brooks, Inc. With offices at 3830 Kelley Ave. and a plant at 2230 Superior Ave., Bobbie Brooks produced and sold stylish clothes for teenage and junior-miss girls, coordinating the styling, colors, and fabrics. Eventually, the company expanded its line to include apparel for women 25-44, and added production divisions in other cities during the 1960s.

However, Bobbie Brooks encountered serious financial difficulties in the early 1980s and filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in Jan. 1982 in order to reorganize. After the company emerged from bankruptcy, Pubco Corp., a holding company with printing and real estate operations, became a major shareholder in Bobbie Brooks; Pubco's Robert Kanner took over as president in 1985. Though most of the company's production was now carried on in the South, its headquarters remained on Kelley Ave. in Cleveland. In 1986, Bobbie Brooks announced that it would stop making its junior and misses lines, in order to focus on clothing for women. The following year, the company earned $4.3 million on sales of $127.7 million, and founder Maurice Saltzman resigned as company chairman. By 1988 Pubco and Bobbie Brooks were interlocking companies, and in 1992 Pubco acquired majority control of the firm. After acquiring Buckeye Business Products in 1994, Bobbie Brooks continued to diversify. By 2003, the company had interests in retail and commercial printing, and continued to supply women's apparel to department, specialty, and national chain stores.

Body Shop (Firm)
US.20220408.015 · Corporate body · 1976-

Founded in 1976 by the late British environmental and human rights campaigner Dame Anita Roddick, The Body Shop started life as a small outfit in Brighton selling just 25 products. Customers were encouraged to recycle packaging (partly because Roddick didn't have enough bottles at first) and there was a real emphasis on natural ingredients that were ethically sourced and cruelty-free. Now the range consists of over 300 products and there are more than 2500 stores worldwide.

US.20200923.008 · Corporate body

Botany Mills (textile company), Botany 500 (menswear and suit brand)

Boué Soeurs
US.20210827.001 · Corporate body · 1899–1957

French fashion house

US.20220325.061 · Corporate body · 1894-

The Bowery Mission provides caring and safe Residential Programs for women in crisis to achieve personal goals for life and work, heal from past trauma, and overcome barriers to independent living. All women are invited into a faith-based community committed to practicing hospitality, showing respect, and restoring hope.

Braetan and Braefair, Inc.
US.20200923.007 · Corporate body · 1964-1998

Braetan and Braefair, Inc. was a leather manufacturer in New York. The company was in business from 1964 to 1998.

Brenner, Joseph & White
US.20210129.003 · Corporate body

Company founded by Joseph Whitehead, Joseph Brenner, and Charles White