Gladson has been providing fine cloths to the custom tailoring trade for over fifty years. During that time, the company has developed a loyal following among purveyors of custom clothing and their clients because of the breadth of Gladson s quality fabric selection, its value pricing and customer service that is second to none. Additionally, the company offers quality accessories for the custom trade, including neckwear, pocket squares, cuff-links, watches and scarves. Extensive inventory is maintained in Gladson s state-of-the-art warehouse in Secaucus, New Jersey where it has its offices and showrooms. A New York showroom is maintained in the offices of Gladson s parent company, HMS International Fabrics Corp., located in the prestigious Crown Building at the crossroads of fashion, 57th Street and 5th Avenue.
Gladson continues to attract new customers because of its fabric, service and the unique way in which it supports its customers with individual attention, informational seminars and marketing ideas that result in sales.
OUR MISSION To provide our customers with the best product at the best value along with marketing tools and product information that will help them to become effective and successful purveryors of custom clothing.
History Although Gladson Ltd. as it is known today officially began as Gladson of England in 1948, the company has a rich heritage dating back to the late 1930's. It was then that Benjamin Solomon and his four brothers were smoking cigars (in pre Cigar Afficionado days) and selling English fabrics to wholesale manufacturers from several warehouse locations on 4th Avenue in Manhattan.
The name Gladson was derived from a combination of Ben's wife's name, Gladys and the word son , although it would be several years before their sons Herbert and Mickey would join the company. Meanwhile, in the late 40's and early 50's all of the goods being sold were from a group of English mills, mostly located in Huddersfield. These were primarily worsteds, but in the late 50's and 60's the mohair craze hit.
Gladson sold English Mohair available in piece dyes and in compound color top dyes that people referred to as cross dyes. But it was the black mohair that was everyone's best dress suit. Pictures from that era of entertainers like Frank Sinatra and other members of the Rat Pack show them wearing their shiny mohair suits with narrow lapels, skinny ties and narrow straight leg pants. It was during this time that the Solomon sons joined the company after completing their degrees in Textile Design; Herbert in the 1950's with his younger brother Mickey coming on board in 1960. The company was still operating from Park Avenue South.
In 1962, the company moved its wholesale business, then under the name of Langholm Worsted Company to the Sperry Rand Building at Avenue of the Americas and 52nd Street. This was the location for textile mills and agents and menswear manufacturers. Now that the Solomon sons were in the business, Gladson changed the name of its cut business to Herbert Gladson Ltd. & Son and opened up a retail store right down the street at 16 East 52nd Street.
From this choice midtown location near Saks Fifth Avenue and other fine stores, they serviced the tailoring business and attracted an affluent international retail customer, selling fabrics for both men's and women's garments. This building was the home to a number of custom tailors as well: Bernard Weatherill, Scali and Baletta to mention a few.