|Hertling Industries of Brooklyn|
Hertling Gets a Leg Up on the Competition
Located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, Hertling Industries has been manufacturing superior-quality suits, sports jackets, blazers and especially, trousers for more than 85 years. A second-generation, family-owned business, the factory was established by Morris Hertling in 1925 and is currently owned and operated today by Morris’s son, Julius. Julie Hertling grew up in the business, often accompanying his father to the factory on Saturdays. Following the Second World War, Julius bought the business and has been managing it ever since.
WWII was a pivotal time for the company. While Hertling Industries made naval uniforms, particularly officer’s coats and trousers, Julius took part in the D-Day invasion of St. Lo and the liberation of Paris. The factory on Greenpoint Avenue, just off the G train in Brooklyn, is just subway stops away from the Brooklyn Army Base and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the points from which many millions of American soldiers embarked for the European Theater.
For many years, the company produced traditional menswear, but in the mid-90s, Hertling Industries made a somewhat radical move. Realizing that business attire was changing and becoming increasingly more casual, Julius Hertling had the insightful observation that, while suits and ties might be relegated to the closet except for dress occasions, men will always wear pants— or as he prefers, trousers. Since 1997, the Brooklyn factory has focused only on trousers, producing premium-quality, traditional clothing sought after by the best retail and catalog brands in America.
The historic brick factory building with its vintage wood floors and natural light operates just as it has since 1925. An experienced team of craftsmen makes trousers using old-world techniques and paying meticulous attention to detail. Cutting is done via hand-laid patterns and hand-operated cutting machines. Each step of the sewing operation is hand-turned and -sewn, right down to the application of buttons and trim. The best quality fabrics are sourced from around the world: sturdy cotton chino from America, plush moleskin and corduroy from England, rich tweeds and worsted wool from Scotland, and fine linen and cotton from Italy.