Senator Charles Schumer visited the Hickey Freeman factory on North Clinton Avenue to announce the local clothier will be making a new line of custom clothing for Trunk Club, a new clothing service owned by Nordstrom.
Schumer says the deal has already produced 15 new jobs, with the possibility of 50 more new positions at the factory, where it's expected production will be boosted by 20 percent the first year.
"Hickey Freeman, in America, has the high end clothing manufactured business sewed up," he said.
Schumer has played an active role to help grow the business both prior to and after the Luxury Men's Apparel Group purchased it in 2013.
LMAG CEO Stephen Granovsky says Trunk Club is a new way of doing business.
"They sell both online and primarily custom through club houses, as opposed to retail stores, where customers book appointments and have stylists who take them through wardrobe options and they are by far the fastest growing custom clothing retailer in America," he said.
Hickey Freeman's owner is also investing a million dollars in new production equipment and technology at the 101 year old factory.
Hickey Freeman has been producing menswear in Rochester since 1899.
Here's Senator Schumer showing off his own Hickey Freeman suit and the new Trunk Club line: