Over 101 years ago, M&S Schmalberg opened its doors in New York City’s Garment District. From street level storefronts and multi-story factory operations, custom fabric flowers by M&S Schmalberg have been hand-made in New York City for apparel, bridal, accessory, millinery and home furnishing products since 1916.
The business was first started by brothers, Morris and Sam Schmalberg. Their nephew, Harold Brand began working at the factory at the age of 17. Harold survived WWII, when his American relatives helped him move to New York. In time, Harold learned the family business and eventually inherited M&S Schmalberg—which has always been a Garment District business.
M&S Schmalberg is now owned by Harold’s two children, Warren and Deborah Brand. Warren Brand, President of M&S Schmalberg has been making flowers for over 40 years. Six years ago, Warren’s son Adam joined the company, making it a 4th generation family business.
When Morris and Sam Schmalberg started the business in 1916, the Garment District was a neighborhood that produced 75% of all women’s and children’s apparel in the United States. In the 1940s there were dozens of “flower guys”. Through the years that number went down to 10 and today, M&S Schmalberg is the last of its kind in America.
With much of American manufacturing moving overseas, M&S Schmalberg’s business has drastically changed over the past 10 years. Focusing on specialty work, custom and large production orders, M&S Schmalberg continues to sustain its fabric flowers business, in hopes for the next generation and beyond.
Located at 242 West 36th Street, the Garment District is still made up of fashion blocks. From M&S Schmalberg, artisanal silk flower makers, fabric stores to leather makers, and top designers in New York City, like Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren. Making custom artificial flowers in New York City’s Garment District is truly special, as each flower is still hand-made with a tried and true quality that cannot be matched.