Luxury Men’s Apparel Group (LMAG) announced a new government partnership to invest in its Hickey Freeman Tailored Clothing brand at a press conference today.
Stephen Granovsky, chairman and CEO of LMAG, stood alongside Senator Charles Schumer, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, US Representative Joseph Morelle, State Senator Joseph Robach, and County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo today to bring the news that the government will provide significant funding for upgrades to Hickey Freeman’s Rochester, NY facility as well as create 80 jobs for the brand through funding from a partnership of current shareholders and New York State’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative along with the support of federal, state, and city officials.
In addition to providing employment for neighborhood residents, Hickey Freeman’s Heroes & Leaders program seeks to hire local veterans and supports Rochester and returning veterans nationally with donated suits for interviewing and employment.
“This year Hickey Freeman turns 120 and we couldn’t celebrate any better than announcing our partnership with the state, city and county to re-capitalize Hickey Freeman Tailored Clothing with a combined 8 million dollars laying the foundation for another 120 years in Rochester,” said Granovsky. “With the proceeds, we intend to re-engineer this factory enabling our clothing to be manufactured for new distribution channels, new price points, new brands and even for new categories. In fact, today we are announcing that by the summer we intend to begin manufacturing dress shirts in Rochester, adding some 20 jobs immediately. In addition, we are launching Culturata Custom, a brand targeting the fast-growing contemporary custom clothing customer.”
LMAG acquired the Rochester facility in October 2013 and embarked on an aggressive reinvigoration plan for its licensed Hickey Freeman brand that saw updates to the product, the visual identity and significant investment in consumer marketing. Additionally, the Rochester facility has produced premium tailored garments for a range of upscale American brands including Polo Ralph Lauren, Trunk Club and Robert Talbott.
LMAG, a Grano portfolio company, is almost 1,000 associates strong and is one of North America’s leading luxury men’s apparel companies with almost $100 million in annual revenue. LMAG leverages a diversified portfolio of owned and licensed brands including Samuelsohn, Hickey Freeman, Culturata, Lipson Shirtmakers, other smaller brands as well as a premium private label division and markets them across North America. LMAG licenses the Hickey Freeman brand from Authentic Brands Group, an American brand development, marketing and entertainment company based out of New York City, New York, which owns a global portfolio of entertainment and lifestyle brands.
Founded in 1899 in Rochester, NY Hickey Freeman is luxury men’s tailored clothing brand founded by Jacob Freeman and Jeremiah Hickey. As they envisioned it, the brand continues to be produced through the artistry of handwork combined with the most modern technologies. The Temple to Fine Tailoring as the factory has reverently been referred to for decades is 210,000 square feet and located at 1155 N Clinton Ave.