Abstract

Ron Gottfried talks about his family's apparel business that started in the 1920s. His father, Emil Godfrey saw the need for specially sized dresses for ethnic women, who tended to be shorter and proportioned differently. Before Ron worked for his family's business he had his own college gear business in the 1940s. Ron Godfrey moved around the apparel business over the years, and relates some if the intricacies of running a garment business, from choosing styles to finding factories. He ends by talking about the decline of the industry in the United States and Cleveland, and the move towards Asian made clothing.

Creator

Gottfried, Ron (interviewee)

Creator

Frisch, Marc (interviewer); Martin, Sean (interviewer); Smith, Kelsey (interviewer)

Project

Garment Industry

Date

7-3-2012

Document Type

Oral History

Duration

68 minutes

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License
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