1947-1955 Began as a small manufacturer consisting of my mother, father, grandmother and two other
workers. Making plastic shower curtains and matching window drapes. My father would hand paint the
monograms of the affluent clients on the dinning room table.
1955- It then transitioned into making plastic shampoo capes for the expanding beauty profession. My
father Al went into partnership with Dan who was a salesman and knew the beauty trade. This is where the
1957- To make extra money my mother would customize plastic coverings to fit the neighbors furniture
and appliances as it was the custom then. During that time her friend asked to created a clear plastic cap as
her husband, a hairdresser, was experimenting on her and it was too painful for her to continue. To save their
marriage my mother managed to design a snug fitting cap and my father developed a way to make holes that
would prevent the hair coloring from seeping through. This ingenious invention became the world‚ĂŹs first
practical tipping cap (see pics below)
The above inserts clearly show the patent given by the US government for the invention and process and
proved its use in the market place. The cost to sue larger corporations from infringing upon our patent was
too expensive for a small company peruse.
1971-1976 The business began to falter as Dan passed away and there was no one to promote sales and
my father was becoming ill.
1977 - With no other option my father asked for my help. I then resigned a highly coveted position
in the department of defense in which I had officers status with full benefits. As a teacher in
Frankfurt, Germany I received a housing allowance and able to travel easily around the world.
You could imagine the culture shock of the devastated South Bronx as I witnessed the burned out
neighborhoods. Then the horrible conditions of the factory which was rented space on the top floor of a three
story walk up with poor light and limited heat. The machines were antiquated and there were only four
employees left. Having no income I worked as a substitute in the area and selling what ever I could waking
the streets of Manhattan. I learned first hand that if we were to survive I needed to produce what the
customers would buy.
1978- 1981 After selling door to door and learning the technical skills of the workers I decided the most
economical means to promote designs was through silkscreening as we could not invest in a large quantity
and I also needed to find out what would sell.
1980 -1984 I found Greg Munoz, a graphic artist, and the Designer Cape was born. I cashed in my
government pension and developed the next generation of the tipping cap naming it Star Streak (click for link)
and Aldan began to rise like the Phoenix I flew out to Vegas with my father to hire professional salesmen at
the American Beauty Show.
1984- 1990 I implemented several classical prints and developed a robe that could be used for both salon
and spas. Our plastic formula was developed through a division of General Motors. Our signature fabric
called Peach Skin was instrumental for our luxury line of robes which was soft to the touch and resistant to
stains. We also invested in a waffle cotton weave and made robes for both Elisabeth Arden Red Door Spas
1988-1991 - During these years a bold strategy to bring Aldan International into a position of leadership
uniting professional salon owners became a reality. In the heart of NYC I leased 5000sq.ft. of raw
space that would turn a profit as an entertainment space for intimate events. I befriended a very
talented designer, Frank Locurcio, to help execute my concept and keep it within my parameters.
1998-2015 - After studying the market I noticed a void that Aldan could fulfill. As my factory
became better equipped I began the development of what would become Aldan‚ĂŹs interpretation
of the ‚ĂĲlittle black dress‚Ăİ and extend that concept into a well planed apron collection. I
was one of the few Americans that attended European trade shows as I cultivated my instincts
while a teacher there. Once I secured Centura ( the fabric of the new century) the ‚ĂĲSexy
Soho‚Ăİ was born. It became an instant success. Each year Aldan developed an additional apron
design catering to all different figures and personalities. Our fabric proved indestructible becoming
more supple after each washing. To complete the SOHO COLLECTION Aldan introduced the
worlds first ‚ĂĲsnap on-snap off‚Ăİ design‚ĂęThe Mini, The Chaps and the Half Block.
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