Catalina Sportswear was founded in 1928 when its founder, Edgar W.
Stewart, changed the name of a mill he owned, Pacific Knitting Mills.
The company was located in Los Angeles, and they used their location near Hollywood as part of their glamorous image.
In the 1940s they hired several of Hollywood’s most famous designers to work on designs for them.
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