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original international pleating factory

My Uncle Jack

I have a surprise for you. My grandfather Tom was never a pleater! As a matter of fact, the Tom Son’s factory started as a textile mill. He worked in the factory with his three sons: Leon, Anthony, and Jack.   This photo (above) is of my uncle Jack, leaning on the door of the old […]

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toms sons logo keychain

Who the Heck is Tom?

I am surprised I don’t get asked this question more often.  Come to think of it, nobody has ever asked me that question! I know it’s a mouthful, and that is the reason most people drop the “Tom’s Sons” part and simply call us “International Pleating.” This is the story of how I came up with […]

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antique iron for pressing clothes and hand pleating

The Holy Grail of Pleating

This is the actual original iron my Grandmother Rosa used to hand pleat fabric.  For the past year I have been searching for family heirlooms and found out that this pressing iron was under lock and key with my Uncle Jack.  When I showed the picture to my Father (Leon) he lit up like a Christmas […]

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