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Danskin was founded in 1882 in New York City by brothers Joel and Benson Goodman to manufacture goods specifically for dancers' needs, and has since been one of the worlds leading manufacturers of dance and active wear for girls and women. They introduced the first knit tights and leotards, and pioneered the production of such dance standards as fishnet stockings. Throughout the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Danskin dominated the market for dancewear in the United States, and expanded their influence by introducing Danskin for gymnasts and figure skaters. In the 1950's, they created the first nylon bodywear for the general population. In 1976, the company began to market swimwear. By the end of the decade, Danskin boasted an 80 percent share of the bodywear market overall. In 2006, 124 years after it began, Danskin was ranked #35 of the WWD top 100 brands, demonstrating its stronghold in the women's athletic apparel realm. For updates & more information on Danskin, please visit us at

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Industry Apparel
Company Founders Joel and Benson Goodman