Martin Greenfield Survived The Holocaust, And Now Dresses The U.S. President

Brilliance | Dec. 14, 2017

Martin Greenfield is considered one of of the best—if not the best—men's suits tailors in the United States. And what's even more impressive? He began learning his craft as a way to save his life. Greenfield is Jewish, and he was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942. When asked if he had any special skills, he said that he could learn to sew if taught a few stitches. Greenfield learned his sewing skills in the camp, and as a 14-year-old boy, quickly became an asset to those in charge. In 1945 when Greenfield was 17 years old, Auschwitz was liberated. At the time, the Eisenhower was President of the U.S. Soon after the liberation, President Eisenhower became the first of many presidents Greenfield dressed.

Today, Greenfield operates out of a Brooklyn factory, dressing everyone who is anyone. He has created custom suits for every president since Eisenhower—that's more than 60 years and 11 presidents. He has also dressed the likes of the Rat Pack and famous actors including Leonardo DiCaprio. Greenfield prides himself on the fact that he doesn't copy from anyone; people copy from him. Hear the story from Greenfield himself in the video below.

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