The Frye Company
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|Founder||John A. Frye|
|Products||shoes, boots, bags|
|Parent||Global Brands Group|
In 1863, John A. Frye opened the first Frye shop on Elm Street in Marlboro, Massachusetts. In the 1890s, Marlboro manufactured more shoes than any other city in the U.S. During that time, and Frye was one of the largest and most successful footwear companies in the entire country.
During the 1960s Frye made custom boots for Jackie Kennedy, Bing Crosby, Jerry Lewis, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Ann-Margret, Walt Frazier, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Candice Bergen, Liza Minnelli, Carole King, Gene Autry, and President Richard Nixon.
In 1998, Frye was acquired by Jimlar from the Kravetz Group, a footwear company that produced Coach shoes under license. In 2010, Jimlar was acquired by Li & Fung. Li & Fung spun off its brand management as Global Brands Group in 2014.
The Frye Company opened its first retail store in 2011 in SoHo, New York City. In 2013, Frye opened stores on Newbury Street in Boston, Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
- "The Frye Story - Timeline". www.thefryecompany.com. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- Binkley, Christina (2007-06-22). "The Boots That Kicked Off an Era Are Back". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
- Henning, Amanda Kaiser, Kristen (2010-08-12). "Li & Fung, Jimlar Deal Lauded". Footwear News. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
- Chan, Vinicy (2014-07-09). "Global Brands Begins Trading After Li & Fung Spinoff". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
- "Store Locations". www.thefryecompany.com. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
Archives and records
- J.A. Frye Shoe Company ledgers at Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School.
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