Hickey Freeman



An iconic Rochester company will help in the effort to get protective face masks in the hands of some local medical professionals who are trying to gather more equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hickey Freeman Tailored Clothing (HFTC), a clothing manufacturer that has been around for more than 120 years in Rochester, has announced that it will begin production of face masks for the medical staff at Rochester General Hospital.

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If you have a sewing machine and you live in the Rochester area, you have a chance to help health care workers who are on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

A local hospital has enlisted the help of Hickey Freeman to make some urgently needed face masks -- and the Rochester-based clothing manufacturer is now turning to the public for help.

Hickey Freeman announces expansion plans

Feb 20, 2019
Alex Crichton

Local, state and federal officials gathered at Hickey Freeman’s factory store in Rochester to announce a more than $8 million investment in the company to expand its product lines and add 80 more jobs to its plant on North Clinton Avenue.

Company CEO Stephen Granovski told the scores of employees who got together for the announcement that it would secure Hickey Freeman’s future for a very long time.

We go inside the history of the garment industry in Rochester as we preview the new documentary, Tailor Made.

The film will air Monday night on WXXI-TV, but first, we sit down with some of the people who help tell the story in the film. From the ways that the garment industry pioneered mass production, to the impact of immigration, to the high end of fashion with Hickey Freeman, we get an education in the clothing business. In studio:

  • John Diacatos, vice president of manufacturing for Hickey Freeman
  • Christine Ridarsky, Rochester city historian
  • Arnie Roberti, president of operations for Adrian Jules

Latest Hickey Freeman Acquisition Closed

Jul 19, 2013
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The Rochester-based operations of iconic clothing brand Hickey Freeman have been sold yet again.

Montreal-based clothier Samuelsohn  became the latest parent company of the brand when the deal closed Friday.

Samuelsohn purchased the Rochester-based factory from W-Diamond group, also taking over a 40-year license agreement with the owner of the Hickey Freeman brand, Authentic Brands Group.

W-Diamond group CEO, Doug Williams says he’ll continue to be involved with the brand. He says this latest deal will promote growth and add jobs in Rochester.

Need To Know Rochester: The Business Section

Dec 21, 2012

Matt Daneman from the Democrat & Chronicle discusses the Kodak patent sale, the sale of Hickey Freeman, and tax breaks for the Sibley Building.

Jobs safe as Hickey Freeman sale finalized

Dec 20, 2012
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The sale of the Hickey Freeman parent company was approved by the U.S Bankruptcy Court Wednesday.

Authentic Brands Groups (ABG) and W-Diamond Corporation have been given the go ahead to purchase the intellectual and physical property of the company.

The sale worked out as a joint purchase, with the intellectual property of iconic clothing brands Hickey Freeman and Hart Schaffner Marx going to Authentic Brands Group, and the operating company being purchased by W-Diamond corporation.

Need To Know Rochester: The Business Section

Dec 4, 2012

Democrat & Chronicle Business Reporter Matt Daneman talks about the Kodak and Hickey Freeman bankruptcies. 

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HMX Acquisition Corp., parent company to Rochester-based Hickey Freeman, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, according to Bloomberg News.

The bankruptcy documents cite that the company had less than $50,000 in assets, against debt of more than $50 million.