Rago Shapewear Celebrates 75th Anniversary
The start of this new decade marks 75 years of designing, marketing and manufacturing shapewear and bras for RAGO Shapewear.
RAGO’s story began in 1945 when two Italian immigrants, Jack Rago and Matty Marchisella, started creating, testing and perfecting tailor made support garments. Trial and error, combined with years of industry experience, and an eye for design, led to the creation of intimate apparel support garments that have truly stood the test of time.
Matty Marchisella started the entire process by designing and hand crafting RAGO’s very first support garments. His close female companion, who just happened to be a girdle and bra buyer for a major department store, would try on the prototypes and help him improve the design. Trial and error led to RAGO’s first product and so commenced 75 years of support garment industry leadership.
In 1997 a new and well experienced team, led by Justin Chernoff, purchased the company. The team, as headed by Justin (President and C.E.O.) has a history of three generations of intimate apparel executive experience. The Chernoff team has continued the discipline of product perfection while adding major financing for development and upgrading all aspects of design, manufacturing and marketing.
The new Chernoff management team has enabled RAGO® to thrive in an ever-changing market environment. The design process has progressed over the years by continuously talking with the over 700 specialty store retailers worldwide and converting their comments to improve the design and function of the garment.
In 2017, RAGO purchased Cortland Intimates, a 70 year old bra and shapewear company. The library of effectively designed bras added substantially to RAGO’s bra offerings to the consumers’ wardrobe of intimate apparel. RAGO has been transitioning production of the Cortland import line to Manufactured in the USA.
“Reaching a 75th anniversary is a significant business achievement. RAGO’s team is proud of all their accomplishments in these past 75 year of diligent work and dedication to the shapewear garment industry.” said the company.
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