We were sad to learn yesterday that Julian Hertling passed away.
For those unfamiliar, Julian – who’s also lovingly known as Julie to friends – ran the Hertling trouser factory in Brooklyn. If you’ve ever bought a pair of made-in-USA pants, there’s a good chance it was made here. Hertling has done private label work for Paul Stuart, Orvis, Sid Mashburn, Billy Reid, Epaulet, Howard Yount, our advertiser Dapper Classics, and many, many more. Without their work, most guys be left with lower-end $100 trousers and uber-expensive $300 options that few people can afford. Hertling specializes in high-end tailored trousers that guys can buy around the $200-ish mark.
The Hertling factory was actually opened in 1925 by Julian’s father, Morris. Julian took over in 1946 when he returned from WWII (he served in the US Army). His commitment to the US garment trade made him a titan in the industry and we’re sad to see him go.
(photo via David Wood)