Gary started in the business at 17 years old. He began in the hat department in Peller and Mure, Inc.- a men's clothing store in downtown Buffalo. He worked his way up into sales in that department and went on to break records for hat sales, eventually moving up to hat buying.
In the course of his career, he went on a sales trip and met with the vice president of Dobbs and Stetson. After talking with him, Gary decided that he wanted to open up his own hat store, and he wanted to learn how to make hats.
Using his contacts Gary was able to get a hold of another famous hat maker, Henry Goldstein, and from there started his apprenticeship. Over the next 10 years Gary commuted from Buffalo, New York to Lynn, Massachusetts on his weekends and vacation time in order to learn the trade. During this time Gary also started purchasing his own equipment- he started out with only six blocks and five hat bodies. After 36 years Gary's collection has greatly expanded and can make many different types.
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