Puritan Fashions Corporation (Calvin Klein)


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Product Details

Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Puritan Fashions Corporation dating back to the 1980's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company President and Secretary, was printed by the Security-Columbian / United States Bank Note Company and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h). 


This certificate features a vignette of a female figure holding a globe. She is surrounded by a bolt of fabric, a mannequin and a city skyline.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured. Some uneven toning as edges are lighter, as if document had been previously framed.
    Historical Context

    The Puritan Fashions Corporation was originally founded in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1910 by Andrew Rosen as the Puritan Dress Company.

    His son Carl took over the business in the 1950s, and relocated it to New York City’s department store district. Carl Rosen changed the company’s name to the Puritan Fashions Corporation.

    In 1977 Carl Rosen produced the first designer jeans, with a license from Calvin Klein. Barry Schwartz, Klein’s business partner at the time, told the Wall Street Journal: Carl proposed giving us $1 for a $18.75 pair of jeans that sold for $40 retail…we wound up selling 15 million pairs a year at the peak. Puritan continued to license merchandise with other designers, including a clothing line with Diane von Furstenberg. By Carl Rosen’s death in 1983, the company’s sales totaled nearly $300 million.