Polish immigrant Isaac Spiewak arrives in New York and produces handmade sheepskin vests for Brooklyn’s waterfront dockworkers.
From a Brooklyn workshop, I. Spiewak & Sons makes woolen jackets and britches for the U.S. Army and Navy in World War I. This naval pea coat is still in production today.
The Golden Fleece label is created. The flying ram symbol continues to be seen as a trusted reminder of the Spiewak values.
A 35 lb. sheepskin-lined, horsehide coat is produced for the newly established New York Mounted State Troopers.
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. Spiewak shifts 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 style icon.
Partnership with the Armed Forces winds down during the Korean War as Spiewak produces its final runs of flight and field jackets for troops.
Following factories in New York, New Jersey and Nebraska, Spiewak opens a manufacturing plant in Ruleville, Mississippi, which remains operational to this day.
Spiewak introduces heavy-duty Titan© cloth and outfits the growing airline industry, becoming the dominant supplier of ground crew uniforms.
In the midst of a controversial war, college campuses nationwide agree on wearing the Spiewak N-3B Snorkel Parka.
Spiewak begins outfitting New York MTA subway conductors and USPS letter carriers.
Spiewak’s Titan Cloth proves useful for fire departments across the nation.
Spiewak is the official uniform of the U.S. Ski Team for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.
Spiewak’s industrial uniforms become icons of multiple subcultural movements.
Created to protect, the Vizguard© division leads the industry in high-visibility safety wear.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg declares September 23rd, 2004 NYC’s official Spiewak Day, a century after its founding.
The Spiewak story continues to evolve as a uniform for daily life by establishing its commitment to sustainability through innovation in recycled and reneweable materials.
For over a century, Spiewak has built uniforms to endure and meet the needs of those that make society function. From early 20th century Brooklyn dockworkers to the fire departments and transportation workers of today, this dedication to durability in every product manufactured continues to serve as the foundation to our approach to design and inspires our commitments to sustainability.
This century we face a different set of challenges than those of Issac Spiewak and his sons 117 years ago. Evolving what he started, we drive innovation in materials that are built to endure against the elements, utilizing the most sustainable fabrics and trims possible.
In our FW22 collection, we’ve achieved 90 percent recycled or biodegradable materials and all insulation is recycled. In addition we’ve introduced a proprietary 100% recycled down, PURE, developed in collaboration with Minardi Piume. Our packaging includes labeling made of post consumer PET collected from our oceans. This is just the beginning.
We are working toward 100% of our materials to be sustainably made. This vision will see us reduce carbon emissions and the use of natural resources through upcycling leftover garments, further utilizing deadstock materials, commercial programs based on circularity, and manufacturing as close as possible to where we will sell.
Just as Isaac Spiewak’s legacy has outlived him, we aim for our positive impact choices to outlive us.