Crocodile Garments Ltd – Michael Rogge Film 1962
HF: This Michael Rogge film starts outside Crocodile Garments Ltd, underneath whose sign is shown in brackets, United Shirts Factory
I am assuming the next couple of scenes are of Crocodile Garments employees and locations:-
0.11-0.30 what is the man cutting out with the electric saw?
0.40-0.55 material hanging out to dry? any idea of the location?
0.56-1.03 what is the man doing here with the red material?
The film then moves on to rattan furniture and bucolic scenes of agriculture in 1962.
Crocodile Garments was founded in 1952 by Dr. Chan Shun, b? Guanghzou d 25th May 1997 Vancouver?
Chan, “was born in Guangzhou. He learned early on to sew and to repair sewing machines, and in his teens he bicycled from town to town in southern China selling garments and repairing appliances. He later founded Crocodile Garments Ltd. in Hong Kong, a successful company from which he retired in 1970, leaving the running of the business and the family’s charity operations to his children.” (3)
The company was first listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1971.
Chan sold the business in 1987 to Lai Sin Garment controlled by Lim Por Yen. He moved from Hong Kong to Vancouver in 1989.
Crocodile Garments originally sold dress shirts before expanding to become the largest chain garment store in Hong Kong. They exported to Japan, Singapore and other Asian countries. A second line called Cal-Thomas was started in California, USA. Crocodile became a leading fashion label with the expansion of a woman’s line and children’s line called CrocoKids. At its peak, Crocodile garments was the largest garment chain in HK before the conception of other companies such as G2000, Giordano, and Bossini in the 1990s.
This article was first posted on 4th October 2014.
Source: Michael Rogge film – Old HK Industries / agriculture in 1962 featuring Crocodile Garments Ltd
- http://news.ubc.ca/1997/06/12/archive-ubcreports-1997-97jun12-chan/ Details of Dr Chan Shan’s life, The University of British Columbia, 12th June 1997
- http://edition.cnn.com/2003/BUSINESS/10/31/crocodile.logo/ Crocodile v Lacoste trademark dispute
- Vancouver Art Gallery gifted US$30 million by Hong Kong textile heirs for expansion plans SCMP 24th January 2019 Related to Crocdile garments family