A few years ago, we decided to enter the trousers business. After some research, we discovered that the premier factory for Made in USA pants was Hertling Trousers. Morris Hertling opened the factory in Brooklyn, New York in 1925. His son, Julius (known as “Julie” by his friends), took over in 1946 after returning from WWII where he served in the US Army. We were sad to learn that Julie passed away this week.
Julie was truly a titan in the industry. His dedication to the US garment trade was second to none, and his commitment to excellence made Hertling Trousers synonymous with high-quality, yet affordable, Made in USA pants. If you’ve purchased a pair of American-made trousers, there’s a good chance that they came from Hertling.
We were fortunate to have known and spent time with Julie. While some in his position may have turned away a company trying its hand in the trousers business, Julie welcomed us with open arms. He was genuinely happy to work with another Made in USA company. Julie invited us to his factory for a tour, took us out to Brooklyn’s famous Peter Luger’s (where Julie had his Tuesday lunch for over 50 years), and graciously shared his vast knowledge of the trousers business.
Thank you, Julie, for your generosity and guidance. Thank you for being a friend. We’re proud that Dapper Classics trousers are part of your legacy. (photo credit: David Wood)