Gitman Bros. Vintage | MORTAR |. Gitman Brothers is one of the last great shirt makers in the United States. Not only do they make shirts for Thom Browne (voted by me as the best American made shirt in the USA – see my blog entry Best Dress Shirts US vs the World), but they also make their regular line called Gitman Brothers, plus an exciting new line called Gitman Brothers Vintage.
Gitman Brothers Vintage
The idea of Gitman Brothers Vintage came from current owner, Chris Olberding, who was going through some of the Gitman Brothers archival of patterns and fabrics from years gone past. At the present, the retro look is back and growing ever stronger. Plus, there is more interest in mens’ fashion for high-quality clothing particularly American-made. By bringing back some of the previous designs and fabrics, Gitman Brothers Vintage has helped fill a niche that some other clothing brands are trying to capture: Retro Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone and Freemans Sporting Club (as well as some cheaper foreign made knock-offs). Not only are these brands popular in the United States but they are greatly desired in other countries like France, Japan, and England.
The History of Gitman Brothers
The Gitman Brothers story has a story that is a little similar to the Brooks Brothers in that the business was started by the father who ran it for many years and then were taken over by their sons to bigger acclaim. In the Gitman case, the father, Max Gitman started the clothing business in Brooklyn and moved it Ashland, Pennsylvania in the 1930s, it was called the Ashland Shirt and Pajama Company. The Gitman factory has continued to make all of its clothes here still today. In the 1970’s, Gitman’s clothing gained more notoriety for their wildly patterned button down shirts which were designed by the sons and then, owners, Alfred and Sheldon Gitman, (Max had passed away in the 1960s). Eventually the brothers renamed the company Gitman Brothers in 1978. For more history, see MORTAR (the first link) or allplaidout, which also includes a factory tour. Many of the shirts made by Gitman Brothers Vintage are made by 3rd and 4th generation artisans. This is a great little detail, as America has been losing a lot of its artisans over the last 30 years.
Not Only Shirts
Gitman Brothers does make shorts. The prints are usually loud, but I am unable to tell you how to find them. Gitman Brothers also makes neckwear, or ties. And, just starting this month, Nordstroms is carrying Gitman Brothers ties. Gitman Brothers makes ties under their own label as well as under the Gitman Brothers Vintage label.
Where to Find Gitman Brothers Vintage
“If it’s too fashiony, it’s not interesting to me.” – Jean Paul Gaultier