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We are excited to announce that Kozinn+Sons Merchant Tailors has combined with Michael Andrews Bespoke!

Even though we’re 105 years old, a good company must reinvent itself every few years.  After 20 years on west 32nd Street, our landlord chose not to renew our lease.  We saw it as a great opportunity to start over.  

When I was first introduced to Michael Andrews Bespoke (MAB), I was pleasantly surprised to find an operation that combined quality, reasonable pricing, a fun shopping experience and excellent customer service.  The logical explanation for this was that MAB is run by innovative young people who come from outside the garment industry.   To put it simply, it was an operation, I would have been proud to have built!  Therefore, it made perfect sense to join forces. 

Our heritage dovetails perfectly with the Michael Andrews innovative approach.  The combination reinforces our role as the American “keepers of the flame” for handmade custom clothing.  We have all our Kozinn+Sons client patterns and purchasing history at MAB and are looking forward to being of service to you! 

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Samuel Kozinn, grandfather of the current owner, founded Kozinn+Sons in Brooklyn in 1913.

Our Name

From 1952 to 2017, our company  name was "Saint Laurie." In 2017, we changed the name of the company to Kozinn+Sons.

There had been confusion between “Saint Laurie” and “Saint Laurent,” the French fashion house, particularly with online searches. The two companies negotiated a solution that was mutually beneficial and included us changing our name.

Additionally, naming ourselves Kozinn+Sons reaffirmed the bedrock of our business: the Kozinn family’s commitment to you and our staff.  Our family’s reputation—and now our name—was sewn into everything we make for you.

Our Heritage

Kozinn+Sons Merchant Tailors was founded in 1913 by Samuel Kozinn,  a Jewish immigrant from Poland whose mother tongue was Yiddish.  Samuel's first garments were trousers manufactured in the now-fashionable Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.  The name of the business in those days was, “The Independent Trouser Company, Inc.”

Samuel's son, Murray, joined the company in 1929. Production was expanded to include complete suits and the operation was moved to Manhattan. The name of the company was changed again to “The Dependable Clothing Company.”

During World War II, Saint Laurie manufactured army officers' uniforms. After the war, the company became one of the foremost proponents of the "Ivy League look," which replaced the broad-shouldered silhouette of the 1940s with a more natural-shouldered, cultivated design.

In 1951, the name of the business was again changed to “Saint Laurie Ltd,” which seemed more appropriate for the upscale nature of the product which was being made. During this period Saint Laurie was wholesaling its garments to fine men's specialty stores throughout the country.

The cultural revolution of late 1960s had a dramatic impact on the men's clothing industry and Saint Laurie.  The smaller specialty stores began to disappear due to a combination of fashion turmoil (the Nehru and leisure suits, for example), owner fatigue, and store consolidation. The family saw a future in direct sales to consumers right from their New York City workrooms.  Andrew Kozinn, Murray's son, joined the business in 1976 after graduating from Northwestern University and Brooklyn Law School. Under his leadership, the family business expanded its custom department, introduced custom shirts and started a division devoted to theatrical tailoring.

Andrew's wife, Carey Graeber, who he met at Northwestern, has been active in the business for more than thirty years and has played a number of vital roles. Jacob Kozinn, their older son, learned to cut and sew at a very early age. He's responsible for many of our current suit designs. Their younger son, Nathaniel, also a Northwestern graduate, has worked as the company's comptroller and has written several novels (available on Amazon!)

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Saint Laurie became Kozinn+Sons in 2017

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