Manhattan Industries

Manhattan Industries was founded as the Manhattan Shirt Company by Lewis Levi in 1857. His son Abram Leeds took over and grew the company to be one of the largest shirt producers. Brands under the company included Henry Grethel, The Vera Companies, John Henry, Perry Ellis, Lady Manhattan, the Union Company specialty stores in Ohio, and Frost Bros. specialty stores in Texas.[citation needed].

Manhattan Industries
FormerlyManhattan Shirt Company (1857-?)
Founded1857; 165 years ago (1857)
FounderLewis Levi
Defunct1986 (1986)
FateAcquired by Salant Corporation
BrandsHenry Grethel
The Vera Companies
John Henry
Perry Ellis
Lady Manhattan
Frost Bros.

The company incorporated in 1912. It had garment factories employing mostly women in several states. Operations included a factory complex in Paterson, New Jersey.[1] Manhattan Shirt Company was one of the initial tenants in the Emmet Building on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

Larry Leeds, the president and chairman of the company in 1977, backed the creation of Perry Ellis International.[2][3] Robert Lewis Leeds jr. was the CEO of Manhattan Industries through 1974, when he left to work with Victor Kiam at Remington. In 1980, Frost Bros. was sold to Washington, D.C.-based Julius Garfinkle Company, and The Union Company to Marshall Field & Company of Chicago, which merged the Ohio stores into the Cleveland-based Halle Brothers chain.

The company was acquired by Salant Corporation in 1986.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Document Center / Manhattan Shirt Co. / City of Paterson, New Jersey".
  2. ^ The Death and Life of Perry Ellis. New York Magazine Aug 11, 1986
  3. ^ Designing an Empire. The New York Times. January 3, 1982
  4. ^ Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry. Francesca Sterlacci, Joanne Arbuckle. p.156