OUR STORY

OUR PAST IS
ALWAYS PRESENT

FROM WARSAW TO BROOKLYN

HOUSE OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE

The mythic quest for the Golden Fleece began in Ancient Greece. Made from the hide of a flying ram, the protection it promised was more valuable than gold. The founding spirit of Spiewak celebrates this lasting symbol of endurance and safety.

A journey from Warsaw to Brooklyn, New York shaped the destiny of Polish immigrant and entrepreneur Isaac Spiewak. In 1904, his handcrafted sheepskin vests sold to Williamsburg waterfront dockworkers became a foundation for the family business, starting with a small manufacturing space. Spiewak soon began creating the iconic U.S. military uniforms that would serve everyday heroes throughout the twentieth century and beyond.

Since World War I, the family name has traveled over land, sea and air with a promise to protect. Spiewak's Golden Fleece was a dependable sight on outerwear and gear, including the pea coat, snorkel parka and flight jacket, produced for decades of use by the Armed Forces. Their visionary expertise continues to meet the demands of emergency, safety and transportation workers worldwide. As a style statement seen on college campuses and city streets today, the Spiewak legacy is a daily uniform for life.

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New York,
New Beginning

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.

wool melton

The heavy weight and dense weave of Melton with its napped and sheared finish created a warm and water repellant cloth.

Reversible placket

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.

1919

As good as gold

The Golden Fleece label is created. The flying ram symbol continues to be seen as a trusted reminder of our values.

New York's Finest

A 35 lb., sheepskin-lined, horsehide coat is produced for the newly established New York Mounted State Troopers.

Military inspiration

The functionality of army and Air force jackets provided the base for Spiewak's police and fireman jackets.

Secure coverage

Spiewak's public safety outerwear incorporated technological developments from the armed forces to provide protection and comfort.

TOO SMART
TO FAIL

Streamlining production and increasing efficiency
ensures the survival of the family business through
the Great Depression.

SWING SHIFT

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.

WAR AND
PIECES

By adapting military uniforms at the end
of the war, Spiewak becomes a civilian
style icon.

1950

ON LAND AND AIR

Partnership with the Armed Forces continues into the Korean War as Spiewak produces flight and field jackets for the troops.

Headed South

Following factories in New York, New Jersey and
Nebraska, Spiewak opens a manufacturing plant in
Ruleville, Mississippi, which remains operational.

TAKING FLIGHT

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.

GOING UNDERGROUND

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.

1998

BE SEEN,
BE SAFE

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.



THE FUTURE IS SAFE WITH US