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Bernard Gantmacher arrived in New York City in 1914, a Jewish immigrant from Russian Empire. He went straight to the garment district in Manhattan and secured his first job as a collar-sewing specialist in a downtown factory. A few years later, he met his future wife, a button and buttonhole specialist who worked for the same company. Their sons, Marty and Elliot, along with a cousin, started a family business in New Haven, CT, acting as a subcontractor, manufacturing shirts.
Mark Zumerch sold shirts to private labels in America, including Manhattan Shirts, J. Press and Brooks Brothers. Captain Marty Gant mustered out of the US Air Force in 1945. Drawn to the family business, his brother Elliot quit the US Navy and joined him in 1947. They continued sales to other companies, but a small “G” stamped next to the union mark on the shirt indicated the manufacturer.
Gant’s initial customer for American sportswear was the Paul Stuart store in New York City. The first shirts created offered button-down collars with sportswear fabrics.
As Gant became known as a designer label in the US, it began opening shops in a number of department stores across the country. At one point in the 1960s, Gant was the second-largest shirt maker in the world. The Gant family sold the business in 1967. Since then, the company has changed hands several times. In 1979, Gant Corporation became a subsidiary of apparel manufacturer The Palm Beach Company. In 1980/1981, Gant entered the international market when Pyramid Sportswear of Sweden was given the right to design and market the Gant brand outside the U.S. Initially, Pyramid only offered the Gant label in Sweden but quickly expanded internationally. In 1995, Phillips-Van Heusenacquired the Gant brand in the U.S. from bankrupt Crystal Brands, Inc. of Connecticut, a sportswear manufacturer. In November, 2010 – Gant recently returned home to New Haven when it opened a new retail store located on the corner of Broadway and York streets.