Hickey Freeman has a 120-year legacy of making high-quality, hand-tailored clothing in Rochester. Started by Jacob Freeman and Jeremiah Hickey in 1899, the luxury clothier prides itself on using the best tailors in the world to make the highest quality suits and jackets for men and boys. Freeman and Hickey were both inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2002.
Hickey Freeman’s factory outlet is at 1155 N. Clinton Ave., but the company’s products can be purchased in dozens of stores in the United States, primarily on the East Coast.
Shortly after New York paused non-essential businesses, Hickey Freeman began producing face masks for the medical staff at Rochester General Hospital, which used some 15,000 masks a day even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital personnel worked with Jeffery Diduch, vice president of technical design for HFTC, to create a protective mask that can be used by their staff.
“We have hundreds of the best sewing machine operators in the country. When Rochester General made the request, of course, we answered the call. We will do whatever it takes,” HFTC CEO Stephen Granovsky said at the time.
Hickey Freeman has since expanded its mask-making operation to make non-medical fashion masks with a replaceable SMS filter.