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Few people embody the notion of America being the land of opportunity more than Martin Greenfield. He muses, “My life was a sad life before I came to America.” Born Maxmilian Grunfeld in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1928, he and his family wound up being taken to Auschwitz. Only Martin made it out. (He was there a year and two months, and it was where he learned to be a tailor.)
Greenfield came to America on September 18, 1947. Having been liberated by Dwight Eisenhower, he made the president a three-piece suit as a show of gratitude. (He notes that Ike only wore three-pieces from then on.) He tailored two more presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as Colin Powell. His clients have included everyone from Cardinal Egan and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing to Michael Bloomberg, with Bloomberg noting, “He does simply outstanding work.”
Now 88, Greenfield continues to practice his craft: “I have one job: making the best clothing in the world.”
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