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MGD Brands: A Leader Since 1936

For over 80 years, MGD Brands has been a global leader in the Fashion Accessories industry. With a corporate culture focused on constant improvement, we continue to excel while so many of our competitors have come and gone.

Scroll down to learn how MGD Brands can help you build a brand that lasts the test of time.

You’re the creative mind; we are your team behind the scenes.

MGD Brands can handle all the back end processes necessary for you to build a successful fashion accessory business. Since 1936 we’ve been helping artists like you deliver quality products to the fashion industry. Our streamlined, efficient network means you are free to focus on the work that matters. Make your art, build your brand, let us help you with the details.

How can we help you?

People love your designs. Large retailers are interested in your brand. All is going great until your buyers starts to ask about EDI, distribution, markdowns, replenishment, and IMU. It’s enough to make your head spin.

Now, instead of focusing on the creative aspects of your brand, all your time is being spent on operations issues.

MGD Brands has the knowledge and experience to take on all the back end responsibilities of your business while leaving you to focus on the design and marketing.

How can we help you?

People love your designs. Large retailers are interested in your brand. All is going great until your buyers starts to ask about EDI, distribution, markdowns, replenishment, and IMU. It’s enough to make your head spin.

Now, instead of focusing on the creative aspects of your brand, all your time is being spent on operations issues.

MGD Brands has the knowledge and experience to take on all the back end responsibilities of your business while leaving you to focus on the design and marketing.

Our Culture

You don’t stay in business for as long as we have without lasting relationships. Many of our customers have been with us for over 20 years and our staff for even longer. Any company can try to sell something once, but we are interested in being your long-term partner. We’re committed to helping you grow and develop your brand. It’s the same strategy we’ve used since 1936.

Our Culture

You don’t stay in business for as long as we have without lasting relationships. Many of our customers have been with us for over 20 years and our staff for even longer. Any company can try to sell something once, but we are interested in being your long-term partner. We’re committed to helping you grow and develop your brand. It’s the same strategy we’ve used since 1936.

Gain a competitive advantage with our core areas of expertise.

Technology

We’ve grown a lot over the years ourselves. We leverage cutting edge technology to help you meet your goals. Our team of in-house programmers constantly update our custom software to meet your evolving needs. Because of this, we are able to streamline our process and reduce costs. Our commitment to efficiency means we can offer comprehensive services at competitive prices.

Logistics

Shipping is expensive, for us and for our customers. That’s why we spend countless hours negotiating and searching the globe for the best possible ways to move your products. Because of this commitment, we are able to offer the best delivery times in our industry but still maintain a remarkably low price points.

Manufacturing

Our network of suppliers throughout the globe is unmatched. Worried about credit, quality control and reliability? Our foreign offices can source virtually any materials necessary to manufacture your products with the same quality and care that you would.

With instant scalability go from taking 30 piece orders to 3000 piece orders overnight with no ramp up time while delivering the critical margins your retailers require.

Three Generations of Experience and Growth

With a proud heritage that spans three generations, MGD Brands is a family corporation founded by Murray Damast when he was a teenager working as a shipping clerk for a costume jewelry company.

From Humble Beginnings

Murray Damast

It all started when Murray was told by his boss that he was “indispensable!” Not knowing what “indispensable” meant, Murray hurried home to look up its meaning in the dictionary.

Inspired and empowered by the compliment, from a boss who rarely gave any, Murray made a decision that night to resign and go into business for himself.

Initially working from a one bedroom apartment, Murray took his natural design and merchandising talents and started his own fashion accessory company. Along with the assistance of his wife Goldie and in-laws Lilian and Joseph, the 4 family members networked material suppliers and contract labor for assembly and packing.

After WWII, as Europe opened up for commerce, Murray traveled to West Germany, Austria, France, Spain, and Italy, developing and producing merchandise in their factories. Through these pioneering business efforts, Murray helped create countless jobs in the manufacturing and exporting side of the fashion industry.

An articulate and persistent salesman who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer, Murray made calls to chain stores, names like Woolworth, SH Kress, JJ Newbery, Kresge and many many others. Through his diligence, MGD Brands rapidly became a well-known name in the industry.

2nd Generation

Arthur Damast

Throughout his childhood holidays and vacations, Murray’s son Arthur always enjoyed working in his father’s business.

Then in 1971, while studying as an undergraduate in college, Arthur joined the company.

Arthur added a new sense of design and manufacturing talent that was a tremendous asset. He also personally developed factory resources throughout the Far East, Southern Asia, Europe, and India.

While growing the business to ship to tens of thousands of stores, Arthur expanded the wholesale division, in what was to become the “Specialty Chain Store” industry of today.

3rd Generation

Scott Damast

Today, with Arthur’s son and Murray’s grandson, Scott, co-running the business, MGD has become a third-generation success. Scott first started in the business when he was 14 years old. After spending one vacation week at work with Arthur, Scott learned how to use the computer system and by that summer was calling for collections and processing orders.

For the balance of Scott’s high school career, he worked at MGD every day after school and continued each summer. With over 20 years’ experience in the business Scott now brings his unique leadership, creative eye, and love for technology to MGD. Under Scott’s direction, MGD continues to excel and innovate, and remains an industry leader and trendsetter in the Fashion industry.

A Global Presence

Fashion is a global business, and we have a presence in all the key markets. With production offices in China, India and Vietnam as well as distribution facilities on the two US coasts and showrooms in Manhattan and Los Angeles, we can help you instantly take your brand to the next level.

Additional services we would like to help you with

Licensing

Licensing can be a great form of additional revenue and can often result in exponential growth of consumer awareness. Our experience navigating the licensing landscape will give your brand the greatest chance for success. Whether you are looking to license your brand or you would like to find a complimentary license for your existing company, MGD Brands has the experience and knowledge to maximize your search.

Third Party Logistics Services

With MGD Brands, a separate third-party warehouse or logistics company won’t be necessary. Our bicoastal distribution centers ensure we can tackle any challenge. We are experts in handling orders that range from the largest direct to store distribution orders to individual e-commerce drop ships. Even packaging and repair services are fully handled in-house. MGD is a one-source solution for all your brand’s warehousing needs.

Accounting & Finance

Having great designs and a rapidly increasing order balance should be a good thing. Unfortunately, without the money to support your growth your business can come to a standstill. MGD can help you secure the financing you need. With our long standing financial relationships let us help you gain the capital to get your business back on track.

You’re in good company

With experience working with over 100 of the nation’s top retailers, you can rest assured that we can deal with all of the compliance requirements created by your customers.

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The team at MGD is like one giant family going back three generations. Want to learn more about joining our family?