Polish immigrant Isaac Spiewak arrives in New York and produces handmade sheepskin vests for Brooklyn waterfront dockworkers.
WaterfronT to Warfront
From a Brooklyn workshop, I. Spiewak & Sons makes woolen jackets and britches for the US Army and Navy in World War I. Their naval pea coat is still in production today.
The heavy weight and dense weave of Melton with its napped and sheared finish created a warm and water repellant cloth.
The double placket provided secure closure and allowed sailor to change the button side to adapt to the winds and his position on the ship.
double welt pockets
Kissing welt pockets assured both warmth and safety from catching on buttons and flaps.
New York's Finest
A 35 lb., sheepskin-lined, horsehide coat is produced for the newly established New York Mounted State Troopers.
The functionality of army and Air force jackets provided the base for Spiewak's police and fireman jackets.
Spiewak's public safety outerwear incorporated technological developments from the armed forces to provide protection and comfort.
Streamlining production and increasing efficiency
ensures the survival of the family business through
the Great Depression.
The U.S. Army enlists Spiewak to develop uniforms after the bombing of
Pearl Harbor. They soon shift all production to military contracting work
for World War II, from flight suits to deck jackets.
By adapting military uniforms at the end
of the war, Spiewak becomes a civilian
ON LAND AND AIR
Partnership with the Armed Forces continues into the Korean War as Spiewak produces flight and field jackets for the troops.
Following factories in New York, New Jersey and
Nebraska, Spiewak opens a manufacturing plant in
Ruleville, Mississippi, which remains operational.
After introducing heavy-duty Titan cloth, Spiewak
outfits the growing airline industry, becoming the
dominant supplier of ground crew uniforms.
A STUDENT'S WAY
In the midst of the Vietnam War, ironically, college students
nationwide began wearing the Spiewak N-3B Snorkel
Parka as a statement of peace.
The New York MTA puts its subway conductors in Spiewak. Things change
quickly in the city, but the uniform remains.
GO FOR THE GOLD
Spiewak is the official uniform of the
US Ski Team for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.
Created to protect, the Vizguard division leads
the industry in high-visibility safety wear.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
Mayor Michael Bloomberg declares September 23rd, 2004, NYC's official Spiewak Day, a century after its founding.