KIM craftsmen vintage costume jewelry
The history of Kim Craftsmen, the Largest Custom Jewelry Manufacturer in NYC during the 1950’s to the early 1980, lasted for nearly 50 years, before it ceased to exist in 1997.
Carl and Marty Shimel were still teenagers, when in 1950 they decided to opened their first business in New York. First, they began from wholesale jewelry, as the brothers did not have any money or experience to make jewelry. Opening their own store also turned out to be costly and troublesome. Therefore, the Shimels became intermediaries. After registering a company with the simple name “C & M”, Carl and Marty began to travel to Biju factories, buy costume jewelry decorations, and then resell these riches to retail chains.
Whether intuitively feeling what the demand will be, or simply not fully trusting their own taste, at first the brothers specialized exclusively on charms and monogrammed bracelets. The choice was right. C & M got regular customers, and the Shimels had an impressive bank account and a desire to expand their business.