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As part of the transaction, Samuelsohn CEO
Stephen Granovsky, President and Chief Creative Officer
Arnold Brant Silverstone and President and Chief Operating Officer
Alan Abramowicz will expand their roles to include Hickey Freeman oversight and development.
"For 90 years Samuelsohn has been known and respected in the industry for producing the best quality suits in
Canada. Likewise, Hickey Freeman has built a business and reputation over the last century producing the very best suits in
the United States," said
Stephen Granovsky, who is also CEO of Grano Retail Holdings ("Grano"), the owner of Samuelsohn. "Owning both of these best-in-class menswear businesses will be a dream come true."
"Hickey Freeman has great brand value and long term retail relationships, as well as an extremely productive factory and talented workforce," adds
Arnold Brant Silverstone. "We believe that, working with Authentic Brands Group, we can bring the same creativity, discipline and energy to Hickey Freeman that we have brought to Samuelsohn over the last three years."
"We intend, first, to add to the stability, and second to drive growth," said
Lawrence Pollack, Vice Chairman of both Grano and Samuelsohn. "We estimate that Hickey Freeman can grow by as much as fifty percent in the next three to five years. The
Rochester factory is a diamond in the rough."
"We are very proud to own Hickey Freeman and we are extremely excited about the growth opportunities that the Samuelsohn/Grano team brings to the brand," said
Jamie Salter, CEO of Authentic Brands Group.
"We look forward to working with a progressive company such as Samuelsohn/Grano and we are thrilled about the prospects in the future," added
Nick Woodhouse, President of Authentic Brands Group.
"Workers United, SEIU, and its members are very pleased with this transaction. We have excellent working relationships with Samuelsohn in
Montreal and with
W Diamond in
Chicago and the
Union looks forward to a bright future of stability and expansion of jobs in
Noel Beasley, President of Workers United.
"I will always fight to strengthen and grow Hickey Freeman in
Rochester and have been pleased to stand with the company and its workers so that this day could come," said Senator Schumer. "This union with Samuelsohn buttons together two of the finest North American suit makers and will grow jobs and bring new work to Hickey Freeman's
Rochester workforce in a way that will stabilize and strengthen this storied
Rochester institution for decades to come."
"The entire W Diamond Team is proud to pass along the Hickey Freeman tradition of excellence to the Samuelsohn team and I personally look forward to supporting their efforts any way I can," said
Doug Williams, CEO of W Diamond Group.
The acquisition announcement comes at the beginning of the Men's Spring 2014 Market Week in
New York where Samuelsohn will be showcasing its newest collections to top retailers and media. Samuelsohn also has another cause to celebrate—2013 marks the 90
th Anniversary for the brand who will celebrate the milestone anniversary at a cocktail reception on
July 21 during Market Week festivities.
Montreal, Samuelsohn, Ltd. was founded in 1923 by Lesser Samuelsohn. Re-launched as a modern luxury brand, over the past three years, Samuelsohn is currently sold in more than 250 specialty stores throughout the U.S. and
Canada as well as
Harry Rosen, Nordstrom and Saks. For more information, please visit
About Hickey Freeman
Two young entrepreneurs named
Jacob Freeman and
Jeremiah Hickey built it in the early years of the 20th century. Their plan was to bring high-quality hand-tailoring to men from coast to coast. As they envisioned it, a Hickey Freeman suit would be a testament to both the delicate artistry of hand-craftsmanship and the steady consistency of modern technology.
Their idea turned into an epic American success story. Men of style and achievement have, for generation after generation, turned to Hickey Freeman for authenticity and quality, elegance and innovation. They still do.