What’s in a label? The Genealogy of Authentic Western Youngbloods

July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

History of Authentic Western Youngbloods:

If it’s on the internet, it must be true, right?

The history of the Youngbloods brand (the only one I could find for free without actually having to get up from my desk) came from this weird little website: Funding Universe.  I also found some dates ‘n stuff at Businessweek.

The Authentic Western Youngbloods brand was owned by Hampton Industries, a dress shirt manufacturer founded in 1925 as The Hampton Shirt Company in North Carolina by one “L. Hampton,” according to an obscure and possibly inaccurate website.  By the end of the 1920’s, the company had swelled to approximately 200 employees, focusing on selling its own brand shirts to local retailers.  At the same time, however, Hampton began to license other brands as a way to expand its business.  Following the stock market crash of 1929, Hampton Shirt Company was forced to lay off most of its employees, and survived the Great Depression with a skeleton crew.  World War II and the post-war era saw its fortunes improve as it acquired contracts with the US Armed Forces to manufacture millions of cotton uniform shirts in regulation colors.  Hampton’s workforce expanded overnight (I’m guessing they were staffed by Rosie the Riveter & Friends), and through round-the-clock shifts they were able to meet their government contract deadlines.  In the 1950’s Hampton expanded into sport shirts and work shirts, but the ubiquitous white dress shirts remained their mainstay.  Their one nod to the changing times of the heady 1960’s was that they began to produce dress shirts in different colors: blue, pink, yellow, and beige.  Far out, man.  In May 1973 they changed their name to Hampton Industries and began building ultra-modern factories and what-not using all kinds of fancy new technology.  They had some layoffs in the 80’s and 90’s, but hung in there.  They got squeezed in the mid 90’s and started manufacturing abroad.  As far as I can tell, they seem to still be alive and kicking as of today.  They were sold in 2001 to …?  I dunno who they were sold to.  I guess to a bunch of stockholders.

What’s interesting is that on the Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities website, it says that the founder of the Hampton Shirt Company was Sam Fuchs, a hard-working Polish immigrant, not the mysterious “L. Hampton.”

Sam Fuchs, a Polish immigrant, started working in the garment trade soon after arriving in New York.  In 1925, he started the Hampton Shirt Company with two other partners.  After a few years, Fuchs and his partners moved the factory from New York to Allentown, Pennsylvania.  In 1935, the Hampton Shirt Company bought the Kinston Shirt Company, and Fuchs began commuting to Kinston from New York.  In 1939, the company sold its northern factories and Fuchs moved to Kinston with his family.  Fuchs’ daughter Pearl married Sol Schechter, and the couple moved to Kinston and purchased the Lenoir Shirt Company.  In 1946, the Fuchs family started Samsons, Inc., which was owned equally by Sam Fuchs’ five children.  Samsons merged with Hampton Shirt Company in 1963; the company later went public as Hampton Industries.  Sol Schechter remained president of the company until 1994.

According to Hampton’s 2001 10-K, Hampton Industries was a family affair:

“All of the Executive Officers …  are related family members. Steven Fuchs is the son of David Fuchs, and Roger Eichel is David Fuchs’ son-in-law.  David Fuchs has held his current executive position in excess of five years. Steven Fuchs was elected to his present position in January 1996. From 1993 to January 1996, Steven Fuchs was the President of Hampton Shirt Co. (a subsidiary). Prior to 1993, he held various positions with the Company. Roger Eichel was elected to his present position in May 1993, and prior thereto, he was Secretary of the Company….David Fuchs, Steven Fuchs and Roger Eichel are also Directors of the Company.”

Sol Schechter died in 2005Other Fuchs’s also went on to illustrious things.

Here’s a neat little tidbit from the 5/28/11 NYT: Steven Fuchs, former president of Hampton Industries until 2001 when it was sold, married his partner of 26 years, Brian Lancaster, in Connecticut this past spring.  Steven “is the son of Sarah Jane Fuchs and David Fuchs, who retired as the chief executive of Hampton Industries. His parents live in New York.”  Aren’t they cute?

Steven Fuchs and Brian Lancaster

Speaking of family, I happened to find a Youngbloods western shirt in my dad’s closet this past week went I went on an only mildly successful shirt raid during my Montana visit.  He wouldn’t part with it.  Good thing I’ve already got one in the Vintrowear inventory.

The Authentic Western Youngbloods Trademark:

The Youngbloods trademark was first filed in 1972.

Typed Drawing


Word Mark YOUNGBLOODS
Goods and Services (EXPIRED) IC 025. US 039. G & S: MEN’S, BOYS’, LADIES’ AND GIRLS’ PANTS. FIRST USE: 19711208. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19711208
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 72414159
Filing Date January 31, 1972
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0956981
Registration Date April 10, 1973
Owner (REGISTRANT) YOUNGBLOODS, INC. CORPORATION DELAWARE P.O. BOX 614 KINSTON NORTH CAROLINA(LAST LISTED OWNER) HAMPTON INDUSTRIES, INC. CORPORATION ASSIGNEE OF NORTH CAROLINA 2000 GREENVILLE HIGHWAY KINSTON NORTH CAROLINA 28501
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 19930513
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD

Typed Drawing


Word Mark YOUNGBLOODS
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 025. US 039. G & S: MEN’S, BOYS’, LADIES’ AND GIRLS’ SHIRTS, BLOUSES, SWEATERS, JACKETS, PAJAMAS AND ROBES. FIRST USE: 19750718. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19750718
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 73247548
Filing Date January 25, 1980
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition May 26, 1981
Registration Number 1165650
Registration Date August 18, 1981
Owner (REGISTRANT) HAMPTON INDUSTRIES, INC. CORPORATION NORTH CAROLINA 501 E. CASWELL ST. KINGSTON NORTH CAROLINA 28501
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record DILLER, RAMIK & WIGHT
Prior Registrations 0956981
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date July 20, 2002

From the FTC:

RN Type: RN
RN Number: 49028
Legal Name: HAMPTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
Company Name: HAMPCO APPAREL, INC.
Business Type: IMPORTER,WHOLESALER,MANUFACTURING
Address Line 1: 15 WEST 34TH STREET
City: NEW YORK
State Code: NY
Zip: 10001

Authentic Western Youngbloods shirt available for sale at Vintrowear.com:

Gray with black, pink, and white stripes, Authentic Western Youngbloods vintage mens western shirt.  Gripper pearl snaps.  Single sawtooth pockets.  Cotton poly blend.

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