Alpha Industries was founded in Knoxville Tennessee in 1959.
When the Vietnam War came around military contracts became readily available and Alpha Industries business was booming.
By the mid-1970s they were producing 550000 field jackets annually.
In 1982 Samuel Gelber died leaving the company to his wife Mildred. Under her leadership Alpha began seeking commercial customers to support itself through peaceful times. The 1990s saw a 75% drop in the US military budget forcing Alpha to push their commercial sales.
As one of the biggest military apparel providers in the US it’s no wonder that Alpha have maintained their utilitarian roots to this day. It’s this unique dedication to preserving the companies aesthetic regardless of prevailing trends that the company has continued its success to this day.