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Charles River Apparel

Charles River Apparel was founded in 1983 by Walter Lipsett, who envisioned a clothing line that combined the New England concepts of value and performance. For the first few years the company sold mainly rainwear for men, women and children exclusively to large retail stores. Walter sold the business to his son Barry in 1993 after Walter and Barry brought the business into the promotional products industry for which they knew would allow them to grow the company nationwide. This emerging market along with the college bookstore market, gave the company its signature styles that are still in the line today.