August 2014 Posted in People | Comments Off
Michael Elkan was born Aug. 16, 1942 in Philadelphia to Julius and Frances Elkan. His first business experience was working in his family’s store. From 1949 to 1961, he worked after school, weekends and vacations selling, displaying and buying children’s clothing.
At 18, Michael began working in the highly competitive fashion industry; first selling apparel on the road, then working in manufacturing. He started in the warehouse, but his talents were recognized,and he moved to the design department. Before long, he was commuting to New York, traveling from Paris to Hong Kong, designing apparel; skinny-ribs, V-necks, super tight, multicolored sweaters for Forum Sportswear and Faded Glory. His designs were a huge success and were featured in GQ, Esquire, NY Times and Men’s Wear Daily. He loved the energy and creativity of the industry, but not the concrete jungle and constant pressure. Read more... (724 words, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)