Joseph Fondrisi was born in 1907 in the Fordham section of the Bronx to Italian immigrants. In 1926, at the age of 19, he studied fashion at the Traphagen School of Design. Attending an art school during the Great Depression was a luxury. To provide for his family, he worked in a dress factory by night while honing his skills as a pattern maker at school by day. While working in the factory he met his wife Mary, who would become his muse for his fashions. Joe went on to open a blouse factory in The Bronx, NY and a bridal boutique in downtown Manhattan.
1926 is a fashion line offering glamour and nostalgia in the comfort of cotton. These vintage works from that era adorn soft tees, hoodies, totes, scarves and much more.