Seafarer™ is the apparel trademark of Polkton Mfg. co. Inc. dba Seagoing Uniform of Marshville , NC and used by Seagoing on it's signature U. S. Navy denim bell-bottoms and chambray shirts and subsequent uniform items. Seagoing Uniform has been a long term manufacturer of regulation utility uniforms used by the United States Navy from 1946 until 2010. Polkton Mfg. Co., Inc. dba Seagoing Uniform was an integral part of uniform supply to Navy Exchange Services Command (NEXCOM) from 1986 untli 1998 by suppling mens and womens denim bell-bottom dungarees and chambray work shirts. In 1998 Seagoing was awarded the contract by the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia to supply the updated enlisted sailor utility uniform program consisting of the poly/cotton twill trouser and upgraded chambray shirt. Seagoing supplied the updated Navy Working Uniform through 2010. Seagoing was reconized by DSCP as The Inovative Hubzone Small Business Manufacturer of the year in 2009. Seagoing's approach to supply was inovative in comparison to other government suppliers due to it's extensive vendor service approach for vendor stock and count services for all exchange locations assuring 100% in stock positions on all uniform styles and sizes. From 1968 until 1986 Seagoing Uniform was owned by the SGT Corporation of Brookln, NY and from 1896 until 1968 Seagoing Uniform was operated by its originator Anthony Anzalone.
In 1896 Tony Anzalone, an Italian immigrant and previous US Navy sailor, made it his lifelong ambition to establish a tailor shop adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In his early pursuits he spent his time adapting the fit of US Navy regulation uniforms in his tailor shop for sailors at the yard. Through his exploits the original design of the Seafarer bell bottom emerged. The design was eventually adopted by the Navy and overtime Seagoing Tony, as he was referred, became a primary supplier to the Navy for the garment he had created. The Seafarer bell-bottom has become an iconic American garment because it was the offical U.S. enlisted sailor's uniform for approximately 100 years until 1999. Many major garment manufacturers have been influenced by the bell-bottom styling over the years in fashion and work clothing. Several times over the 100 year period the bell-bottom dungaree was discontinued only to be reinstated based on its comfortable design, reasonable cost and signature identity for the sailor.
Through the years there have been several periods in history when the Seafarer bell-bottom has made its mark on the American public. In the late sixties through the mid-seventies, the Seafarer bell-bottoms became a staple for the enlighten generation as signature garment to signify self expression. Seagoing in those years was strained to keep up with the demand from the government as well as public sector. Many pairs were purchased through the Navy Exchanges for civilian use and several million additional pairs were produced annually and shipped to commercial customers. Also over the years many Seafarer bell-bottoms have been used for costumes for War movies and documentaries as well as prison movies by major filmmakers.
Today Seagoing continues to market the Seafarer brand bell-bottom dungarees and shirts from its discontinued stocks from the late nineties and is in the process of introducing a new and improved version with many of the vintage features of the old style in order to keep its signature Seafarer design. The new Seafarer dungarees will be available in straight and bell-bottom versions and will exhibit innovative wash/distress treatments and modern technical denim fabrics. The new Seafarer dungarees will be available in men's and women's styles and sizes and will be manufactured in the USA. Polkton Mfg. Co., Inc. dba Seagoing Uniform is dedicated to continuing the Seafarer tradition for all to enjoy. The new Seafarer is due for introduction and rollout in Spring 2012.