In 1897, a young tailor from Brooklyn named Samuel Christenfeld decides to start designing luxury clothing with an “english riding flare” and called it "Tailoring by Christenfeld, in Brooklyn, NY”. Nine years later, in 1906, he formed a partnership with Mel Halpern and officially changed the name to Halpern and Christenfeld.
After a few years of being partners Christenfeld decided to buy out Halpern, take controlling interest of the company, and changed the name to H-C for legal purposes. Shortly after he changed the name, again, to H Bar C.
After Halpern died in 1929. Christenfeld continued building the brand and company with his five sons; Bernard “Bernie”, Seymour, Stanley, Leonard, and Paul.
After Samuel’s death in 1939, HBarC focused on the western market, and started to grow internationally. Seymour moved to California to open the Los Angeles office and established the Hollywood arm of the brand. As a maker of authentic western wear, and the popularity of western movies, many movies began to use HBarC. Catering to the hollywood elite, HBarC supplied clothes for western movies clothing the likes of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, John Travolta to name only a few.
HBarC recruited Nudie Cohn, the famous Rodeo Tailor to begin designing shirts for the brand. HBarC actually produced some of Nudies production lines. They pushed the limits of that day with embroidery and appliqué work, and many of these advances became the new standards in western wear.
After Bernie's death in 1982, Seymour carried H Bar C alone and directed garment design and manufacturing until his death in 1996.
At that time, NAFTA was being implemented in the United States as well as the concept of importing made it too difficult to continue to manufacture in Los Angeles and provide the same quality for competitive prices. Even though production of the brand in the United States stopped, vintage trading of HBarC became popular on the internet and with the original quality of products being so high, they have endured and continue to be traded to this day.
The Company is resurrecting its American production and proud to be coming back to market with a line of HBarC classics as well as new pieces inspired by HBarC traditions. Entertainers are excited to have access to the garments once again and allow the Grand Old Brand to come back to life in the music industry. Stay tuned for the exciting styles to be introduced.