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Goldworm was an American sportswear company that ran from 1927 to 1981. It was particularly famous for its knitwear designs.[1]


The Goldworm company was founded in 1927 by Samuel Goldworm (d.1953) and his wife Gertrude (d.1983).[1] Their son, Robert Goldworm, joined the company in 1947, and succeeded his father as company president.[1] Under Robert's leadership, the company became quickly renowned for high quality knitwear, for which it won a Coty Award in 1956.[2] Robert Goldworm was an active promoter of knitwear, opening a base in Milan, Italy, where he could have top-quality Italian knits made for the New York market.[1] The first designer of American knits in Italy,[1] in 1959 he was made a Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity by the Italian government in recognition of his active promotion and support of the Italian knitwear industry.[3][4] In addition to this, Goldworm won five Woolknit Design Awards.[5]

Following Robert's retirement in 1981 (Gertrude had retired a few years earlier in 1977), the Goldworm company was disestablished.[1] Gertrude Goldworm died on 23 May 1983,[6] and Robert Goldworm died 3 December 1991 of an embolism related to pancreatic cancer.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Perso Heinemann, Barbara (2008). Fashioning an Artful Life: One Woman's Life History in Clothes. University of Minnesota. pp. 107–108. ISBN 9780549405054. 
  2. ^ Daves, Jessica (1967). Ready-made miracle: the American story of fashion for the millions. Putnam. pp. 134–135. 
  3. ^ Lambert, Eleanor (1976). World of fashion : people, places, resources. New York: R.R. Bowker Co. p. 224. ISBN 9780835206273. 
  4. ^ "Ms. Mandell, Mr. Goldworm are Married at Makonikey". Vineyard Gazette. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2014. His late father was a fashion designer and executive for Goldworm Knitwear based in New York and Milan, Italy. He was awarded the Star of Solidarity and the title of commander by the Italian government. 
  5. ^ a b "Robert Goldworm, 65; a Fashion Executive". The New York Times. 8 December 1991. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gertrude Goldworm, 85, Dies; Headed Sportswear Company". The New York Times. 27 May 1983. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

Emerson, Gloria (23 June 1958). "Mother-and-Son Designers Weaving a Success Story". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2014. (subscription required)
Koshetz, Herbert (12 March 1972). "Import Link With Italy Becomes A Success; 7th Ave.". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2014. (subscription required)
Morris, Bernadine (2 January 1967). "New Knits: 'It's Like Dressing for Men Again'". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2014. (subscription required)