Woman Manhattan was a division of Manhattan Industries – initially The Manhattan Shirt Firm, based by Lewis Levi in 1857. Abram Leeds, his son, developed the corporate into one of many nation’s largest shirt producers. The corporate would come to producer manufacturers like Henry Grethel, John Henry, Perry Ellis and personal Frost Bros. (an upscale males’s boutique). The Woman Manhattan label was first utilized in 1954 and trademarked in 1956.

Manhattan Industries was family-run till 1988, when Salant Company acquired them.
(As of 2014) Salant remains to be lively, however doesn’t have a company web site, and appears to focus solely on menswear.

Written by Joe


from a mid 1950s shirt

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