NEW YORK — By now, most everyone in the men’s wear business knows the rags-to-riches story of Samuel Beckenstein, who emigrated from Poland in the early 1900s and started selling fabrics from a pushcart on Orchard Street in lower Manhattan. By 1940 he had 80 employees and Beckenstein Men’s Fabrics was the largest family-run retail fabric store in the country. It’s right out of a Hollywood movie.
But times (and neighborhoods) change, and Beckenstein’s current owners, Neal Boyarsky, 59, and his son, Jonathan, 33 (Samuel’s grandson and great-grandson, respectively), weren’t interested in “running a charity.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"