Meet the NYC Holocaust-survivor who makes suits for presidents and stars

Martin Greenfield
Martin Greenfield

If you want expert bespoke tailoring in NYC, forget Madison Avenue. You’ve got to go to Bushwick. For the past half century, master tailor Martin Greenfield has been churning out suits for a who’s who of clients. Everyone from presidents (including Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford and Barack Obama) to General Colin Powell, actor Paul Newman, Cardinal Edward Egan, Michael Bloomberg, Ray Kelly and Leonard Di Caprio have called on Greenfield’s services.

He is also known for making suits for period dramas like “The Knick” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

But he didn’t start on the top. He was liberated from Auschwitz at 15 year old and immigrated to the United States in 1947. He got his start working in a suit factory in Brooklyn. Years later he bought the factory and has helped keep union manufacturing jobs alive at his shop at 239 Varet Street in Bushwick.

Check out his interview with Great Big Story below.