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What do you do at Lion Brand? My title is Vice President. I do marketing and sales. When did you start working for Lion Brand? March 1, 1983 What’s your favorite thing about working for Lion Brand? My favorite thing is to have an idea, to discuss it in a meeting and then see it in a store 6 months or a year later. What do you do when you are not working? I Collect sports memorabilia and autographs. When I travel and I’m in a hotel I can spot a professional athlete from across the room and I’ve gotten a lot of autographs that way. I have an autographed Sandy Koufax jersey and a ball autographed by Koufax and Drysdale. I also coach my son’s basketall team and take him to little league games. What is your work area like? My work area is fun. I have a 1954 working Coke machine and a bubble gum machine from the 50s, a collection of Norman Rockwell plates of people knitting, articles by my Dad of a book he wrote the introduction to on knitting from 1953, a needlepoint made by my second grade teach showing Lion Brand on a pushcart, The Simpson family, sitting in front of the T.V. with Marge knitting. This was a cover of T. V. Guide. When I called them and told them I was in the yarn business they sent me the original artwork (called a cell). I have a tin that we used to give to stores in the 1950s, a photo of my son modeling a Lion Brand Sweater, a French poster of a girl knitting from 1928, a Red Cross poster from World War II that says, “our boys need socks, knit your bit”, a cover of Life Magazine from 1941 with a woman knitting (Life was 10 cents), a cover of New Yorker Magazine with a big ball of yarn, about 40 images of Lions counting stuffed animals, needlepoint, and framed images. A collection of books, some autographed, by Vanna White, Kate Jacobs and Debbie Macomber, all famous knitters or crocheters, a Build-A-Bear of a Lion, a picture of Wallace and Grommet knitting, a poster of an old catalog cover that was a take-off of American Gothic with two Lions knitting and crocheting, a clock with the Lion Brand logo, a framed 1946 Saturday Evening Post from with a picture of a dog sweater being knit. I have lots of photos including my father with Henry Kissinger, photos of me with Jackie Mason and Mohammed Ali, a picture of my Uncle Isidor, A picture of my parents in front of the Taj Mahal from 1971, picture of Warren Buffet knitting (his daughter had a knit shop), color card books from the 60s to the 90s, license plate holder, that says “license to knit”, What is your earliest yarn memory? When I was 5 I took a paper bag with spools fo thread, I went to my parents friends on the street and to go door to door selling spools of thread for a nickel a spool.

  • The Lion Brand Outlet

    Did you know we have an outlet store in NJ just fifteen minutes from Manhattan? I like to call it a fairyland of yarn. Many first time visitors walk through the doors and do a happy dance. This is the nicest store of its kind I have come across and that is saying a lot because I have been selling yarn for 34 years and my father sold yarn for 40 years before that. Through the years I have prided myself on giving good advice to the retailers I have worked with on merchandising, lighting, security, environment, etc. But I never thought I would be using this stored intellectual energy to Lion Brand’s benefit and that gives me great pleasure, pride, and a feeling of accomplishment.

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  • The Seder Plate

    I came across this photo of a traditional Seder plate a few years ago and every year at this time I look at it and smile. I am glad to have the opportunity this year to share this photo with all of its colors, shapes, and textures with our readers. I hope it brings a smile to your faces too. This time of year is about redemption and freedom for me and I wish that upon every person from every nation. Whatever holiday you celebrate, I am sending wishes of peace and joyfulness.

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  • The Lion Brand Studio Window Display

    If you live in or have traveled to New York City, you may have seen the window displays in our flagship Yarn Studio. What you may not know is these designs are a source of pride for the Lion Brand team. They are the most creative vehicle we have at our disposal and the simplest way to demonstrate what is important to us as a company. At Lion Brand we believe in creating a more colorful, connected, and giving world and we use our display designs to send that message to our customers and community. If you follow our designs, you will notice that once a year we dedicate the space to a charitable endeavor.

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