“This will all be yours”

"One day, young man, Philadelphia Pants will be yours." Of course, I ran it into the ground, foolishly expanding into custom-made bandanas, of all things. If only I'd listened... We made pants. Good pants that fit well. Philadelphia Pants closed in 1989, after the ill-fated bandana venture which, if I'm to be completely honest, was... Continue Reading →

Apr 23, 1948, ad in The Exponent

This appeared in the Jewish Exponent on April 23, 1948, and likely many other times in the 1940s and 1950s. We're looking for the famous "Our Pants Fit, Do Yours," ad, which I'm sure will eventually turn up. The Philadelphia Jewish Archives in Urban Archives, part of Temple University Library, maintains "The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent... Continue Reading →

Made to Measure

"Frank, office please." Frank, my uncle, did most of the measuring. Len, my dad, made the patterns and cut the pants. Here's how it worked most of the time. A customer came in. Frances grabbed the intercom and called Frank. Moments later, Frank bustled into the middle office, the showroom-four long, narrow tables, one on... Continue Reading →

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