History

Quality from the beginning…

The St. Louis Apparel Maker Since 1916

Elder Manufacturing, the St. Louis apparel maker, first opened for business on May 1, 1916. Elder has produced and distributed men's and boy's apparel of the finest quality from its beginning. It became one of the first of its time to acquire a well-known name to market their garments. In 1918, Elder licensed Tom Sawyer from the Mark Twain Foundation, and this label has identified all-boys' clothing since that date.

The 1920s' brought modern laundry convenience of the washing machine and inspired Elder to manufacture one of the first men's shirts with attached collar and cuffs in 1921. In 1937 Elder secured the Mark Twain license for all men's shirts, as they were rumored to be Samuel Clemens garment of choice.

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Tom Sawyer Warehouse with St. Mary's Truck

A New Era Of Wrinkle-resistant Clothing

During the 1960s, with Klopman Mills' help, Elder manufactured the first permanent-press boy's shirt ushering in a new era of wrinkle-free clothing. Elder acquired other famous names producing "Johnny Whitaker" clothing in 1967 named after the child star of "Family Affair." In the spring of 1988, Elder launched Kangaroo Kids clothing line for boys and girls featured in major department stores across all 50 states, such as Famous-Barr Co. and Dillards Department Stores Inc.

The Sarinsky Family purchased Elder in 1988 and began to focus primarily on School Uniforms. Thus began the mission to be the most successful manufacturer of top quality school uniforms in the industry. Elder Manufacturing's focus on growth and increased profitability has been accomplished by hiring competent and committed people. Elder deliberately maintains a broad base cross-section of customers and, after over 100 years, is still committed to providing unparalleled service.

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