Another One Bites the Dust

From Craine’s Business Report:

Another garment center seam rips
A 91-year-old dress supply company becomes the latest in long series of garment firms to file for bankruptcy; lists largest creditor as landlord Olmstead Properties.

Another tenant has been cut out of the fabric of the garment center. Greenberg & Hammer Inc., a 91-year-old dress-supply company based on Eighth Avenue and West 37th Street, has liquidated. The Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, released Thursday, listed assets of $55,964 and liabilities totaling nearly $441,000…

Read the entire story here.

Oh dear. I was in G&H this summer, and my radar was going off that something was not right. Chapter 7 liquidation means the business is closing completely. I think things started going south before they moved from their street-level location to the 7th floor of an 8th Avenue building. To get in to the store, you had to sign in with the surly guard in the lobby – never a good thing for a retail operation.

Well, there’s a damned shame. Vale G&H. You will be missed.

Not-so-happy sewing…

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17 thoughts on “Another One Bites the Dust”

  1. No way. That’s too bad. I remember having to sign in, and thought it was a bit much to get sewing notions, but rationalized that there must be other tenets that needed the security.

  2. *sigh* I was worried about them when they had to move off of 57th Street and to realize that moving deep into the garment district did them no favors is just sad. The garment district that I first worked in and depicted in movies really doesn’t exist anymore. All of the buildings that use to house the button and trim dyers have now become overpriced apartment buildings. I know that progress is a good thing but its sad to see so many artforms leaving our shores and vanishing for good.

  3. I was there this spring, and yes, the guard certainly was surly! I thought I was being overly midwestern in my dislike of having to sign in to visit a retail shop 🙂

  4. Whomp. Oh, that’s terrible. I’ve been there more times than I can count. It’s where I first bough bra fittings and pocketing. I didn’t even know what pocketing was until I went there.

  5. Thanks for sharing the news. It’s really too bad. I haven’t been to G&H in a little while but I will definitely miss it. A few months ago they were selling off a bunch of stuff on Craigslist, I thought it was odd but didn’t realize it was a sign of things to come.

  6. signing in is a post 9-11fact of life here in New York. The health clinic affiliated with my health insurance company is on the same floor as G&H. I have found the security guards to be fine.

    I had visited G&H in their previous location and found them to be rude to me. They seem to have politened up in their new location. I hope they can work something out with their cerditors. I am a big Steinlauf & Stoller fan. ( they were nice to me when I knew nothing about sewing)

    1. Chapter 11 is the bankruptcy filing where a company tries to work out terms of repayment with their creditors. Unfortunately, a Chapter 7 filing means they are liquidating all assets and closing the business. They are, alas, gone as of 9/30. 🙁

  7. Oh no! They were cutting back on the inventory they stocked in the store in 2003 and yes, they were a bit surly with the customers, the atmosphere was disgruntled even back then but this is tragic news. I’m so sorry for the G&H crew and owners and all the rest of us. The end of an era. I was just thinking of them yesterday as I rolled up my 3 different colors of 24 x 36 inch sheets of transfer paper they were discontinuing back in 2008, tailoring staples they could no longer afford to offer because the tailoring trade had dried up. What a bite!!!!

  8. I think my transfer sheets are actually larger than 24 x 36, they are big enough to chart the changes and markings on a whole jacket front so they are probably 36 x 48. Now, I guess they are treasures, no more cutting them into smaller sizes.

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