A few weeks ago, I wrote a short blog post about the George Carmel Coat and Suit Company. The post didn't have a lot of details, but captured the interest of several people. I have since found much more about the company through hours of in-depth research.
In 1950, George formed his own company, George Carmel, Inc. with his two sons, Lawrence and Monroe. The company was liquidated in 1953 due to George's poor health, but Larry and Monroe re-established it in 1954 with their father serving in an advisory capacity. Larry had joined Carmel Brothers in 1938 at age 17, when he took two suits across the country to sell to stores.
George Carmel died on Thursday June 9, 1955 at age 62. His son, Monroe, left George Carmel, Inc. shortly thereafter to join as a partner in Flaghouse, Inc. Larry continued the business his father had started. In the late 1950s, as suits fell out of favor, he began to produce dresses with matching jackets and dresses with matching coats to keep the business going.
Larry Carmel of George Carmel, Inc., manufacturer of fine women's suits can't see how designers are going to get away with promoting pants for public wear. "I can't believe they really mean pants to be worn on city streets. I feel American women will never take this trend seriously," he says.
Sadly, George Carmel, Inc. closed it's doors in March of 1968, after shipping the last spring orders to stores. What a loss to American fashion!
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