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Mike Safo with Jerry Cohen, Ebbets Field Flannels

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Joined today by by founder and CEO of Ebbets Field Flannels, Jerry Cohen. Jerry and I talk about growing up in Brooklyn, his childhood, and where his fascination and obsession with jerseys/hats came from. Jerry reminisces about performing in a rock band, making some jerseys and how he parlayed that into starting the company in 1988. We hear why he started off hand sewing jerseys from special wool in painstaking detail because he wanted his products to be truly authentic. Jerry looks back on not having a business model when he started and the 2 or 3 moments when he really knew he had something special. We discuss how his clientele has changed over the years, how he picks what team or league to design next and how his products are rotated and discontinued. I ask Jerry about any beef with the other vintage sporting line "Mitchell and Ness", why he hasn’t produced NBA jerseys and what would be some of his dream designs. We hear about the early hurdles of desinging uniforms from black and white photos from the Hall of Fame, why the MLS won't let him produce some kits and sadly why his flagship store in Seattle closed down. We hear about best-selling merch, working on the set of "42", and donating money to the Negro League Museum. From the Joplin Miners to the Bustin' Babes and even the San Francisco Seals, Ebbets Field Flannels is hands down the best in the game, and Jerry is behind it all.