Herbert Grossman, owner of the women’s suit business Herbert Grossman Enterprises, died Sunday from complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 84 years old.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Grossman spent a few years at City College after graduating high school. He got his start in the apparel business at a men’s clothing shop on Seventh Avenue and 38th Street in Manhattan as a stock boy. One day, a customer came in who was the son of the owner of Manny Walker, a fine men’s clothing store, and said he wanted to go on a vacation and didn’t want to work anymore. He told Grossman to show up at Manny Walker the next day, which he did. The owner of the company wanted to know who he was, and Grossman explained the situation. The owner didn’t want to hire him, but Grossman said he had quit his job and needed to work. He was successful there, and the owner doted on him, said Grossman’s daughter, Carol Abramson.
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