INNERWEAR VET MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN DEAD AT 76
Byline: Karyn Monget
NEW YORK — Matthew Goldstein, a 50-year veteran of the intimate apparel and textile industries, died Dec. 28 of cancer at New York University Medical Center. He was 76.
Goldstein retired last year as an account executive at Guilford Mills after 17 years of service, and at the time, said he wouldn’t have minded working another 10 years at Guilford.
Goldstein entered the apparel industry by cutting swatches for his father’s cousin, who was a converter. But he wanted to be a salesman and landed a job in intimate apparel sales. He worked for a number of companies including Mandee Fabrics, Collins & Aikman and Pacific Mills, which was a unit of Lowenstein.
Goldstein was a respected presence in the industry, serving in a number of executive posts at intimate apparel organization over the past several decades.
Among the numerous awards he received were the United Jewish Appeal’s Man of the Year Award in 1996, the Al Jaffin Memorial Award in 1997, the Gold Medal Award from the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center in 1997 and the Man of the Year Award from the Good Fellowship Corset Club in 1999. He also was named a fellow of the Society of the Rusk Institute Physicians.
Goldstein was a two-time president of the Intimate Apparel Square Club and had been involved in helping to raise funds for various charities, including the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine and intensive care for the Pediatric Unit of NYU Medical Center.
The annual Femmy Awards, the industry’s largest black-tie cocktail and dinner party, will be dedicated to the memory of Goldstein when it takes place March 6 at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Sheila Solomon, a friend and member of the Intimate Apparel Club and Underfashion Club, recalled: “Matty was one in a million, a great man dedicated to his work and his family.”
A memorial service is scheduled by invitation on Jan. 23 at 8.30 a.m. at the Knickerbocker Suite at the New York Helmsley Hotel on East 42nd Street.
Goldstein is survived by his wife, Adele; a son, Steven; and a daughter, Elaine Perlmutter.