From the 1920s through the late 1950s, there were more than 300 American custom embroidery companies in Manhattan. Brody Embroidery was one of the best of them. In 1983, our owner, Ernie Smith, met master embroiderer Sidney Schroeger, owner of Brody. Fascinated by Schroeger’s turn-of-the-century embroidery machines, Ernie began studying embroidery under his tutelage and eventually left his background as a theatrical scenery, costume and lighting designer. Founded in 1986, Penn & Fletcher is a custom embroidery company dedicated to creating unique embroideries and to providing employment for needlework artisans in New York City. Penn & Fletcher is one of the few embroidery companies left in New York City but thriving because of passion and quality. The company is renowned among prominent designers and unparalleled by any other embroiderer in the city because of its broad spectrum of work from The Metropolitan Opera, historic homes and interiors, and of course fashion design. Ernie is the recipient of the 2017 Irene Sharaff Award through the Theatre Development Fund for his achievements as an artisan.