David D. Doniger & Company

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David D. Doniger & Company was a manufacturer of branded sportswear in the United States founded in 1921. It was the largest such US company in the mid-twentieth century, with sales of $50,000,000 in 7,000 outlets in 1956.

Formerly a prominent exporter, tariff barriers and dollar shortages reduced its overseas markets.[1] In January 1961 the company's home office was located at 666 Fifth Avenue (Manhattan).[2]

McGregor sportswear[edit]

David D. Doniger imported his first line of clothes from Scotland and selected the McGregor label to go with it.[3] In 1956 it licensed companies in eight foreign countries to produce sportswear using its McGregor label.[1] By the mid 1970s the firm had changed its name to McGregor-Doniger.[4]

William and Harry E. Doniger (March 13, 1904 – January 3, 1961), the sons of David D. Doniger, succeeded their father as heads of McGregor-doniger. Harry E. Doniger was credited with making colorful men's sportswear popular. In 1955 he was chosen Man of the Year for Men's Wear industry.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Doniger Company Expands Abroad", The New York Times, February 18, 1956, pg. 23.
  2. ^ a b Harry E. Doniger Is Dead At 56; A Manufacturer of Men's Wear, New York Times, January 4, 1961,pg. 33.
  3. ^ William N. Doniger Dead At 64; Headed McGregor Sportswear, New York Times, June 6, 1972, pg. 44.
  4. ^ Stanley Gilette, 81, Clothing Industry Executive, New York Times, February 13, 1999, pg. B20.