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The Frye Company is a manufacturer of shoes, boots and leather accessories. Founded in 1863, it claims to be the oldest continuously operated American shoe company. Frye currently produces mostly in Mexico and China.
In 1863, John A. Frye opened the first Frye shop on Elm Street in Marlboro, Massachusetts. In the 1890s, Marlboro manufactured more shoes than any other city in the U.S. During that time, and Frye was one of the largest and most successful footwear companies in the entire country.
During the 1960s Frye made custom boots for Jackie Kennedy, Bing Crosby, Jerry Lewis, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Ann-Margret, Walt Frazier, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Candice Bergen, Liza Minnelli, Carole King, Gene Autry, and President Richard Nixon.
The 1960s the company introduced the Harness Boot, inspired by Union cavalry in the Civil War.
In 1998, Frye was acquired by Jimlar from the Kravetz Group, a footwear company that produced Coach shoes under license. In 2010, Jimlar was acquired by Li & Fung. Li & Fung spun off its brands management as Global Brands Group in 2014