Body Wrappers Factory Video
Body Wrappers 36th Anniversary
Marie West, founder and President launched the company January 17, 1981 and shortly thereafter partnered up with financial backer Nicholas Karant. In 1983 Michael Rubin, the current CEO and one time partner joined with them and together they built Body Wrappers into one of the most successful dance apparel companies in the world with over 320 employees.
For the past 33 years Body Wrappers has been located in Elizabeth, New Jersey at the 1860's historic landmark building that once housed the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Body Wrappers utilizes about 135,000 square feet of the building on five floors. Approximately 50,000 square feet of space is used to warehouse finished inventory. The fifth floor serves as storage for a variety of raw materials, assorted shipping supplies and an extra large photo studio. Located on the fourth floor is a massive automated cutting room and piecegoods inventory. The third and second floors occupy a vast continuous "in-stock" selection of finished merchandise ready to ship to retailers around the world at all times. Shipping and finishing operations are on the first two floors with the main floor the location of the showroom, sewing, pattern making, design, production planning, business offices and customer service.
In 2008, an additional factory was acquired in the Dominican Republic to manufacture the Angelo Luzio shoe collection and many of the Body Wrappers basic and fashion dancewear.
Body Wrappers photography studio, showroom, marketing and graphic art offices are located in New York City on 36th Street, off of Sixth Avenue, across from the famous Macy’s flagship store.
Always interested in partnering with its retail customers, Body Wrappers/Angelo/Luzio was the first dancewear manufacturer to offer an outstanding Business-2-Business website giving retailers a direct connection to the company with real-time inventory 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as well as many other resources.
Our Mission Statement
"Our mission as a 36 year old American manufacturer of dance apparel is to produce dancewear of the highest quality, comfort, durability, versatility, value and beauty designed to enhance the experience of the dancer. Body Wrappers is driven to achieve excellence not only through our diverse line of products but in the service offered to our retail partners."
Integrity: This is our bedrock value. Not only do we aim to provide the world’s best dance products while practicing honest and considerate business ethics, we also feature dancers at the peak of their craft in our marketing materials to give young people the best examples and role models to follow.
Opportunity: We have the resources to create both traditional and trendy dance apparel, needed and desired by all types of dancers. We maintain a constant watch for new and improved fabrics and designs that will enhance the individual dancer’s experience.
Diversity: Body Wrappers works to stay current by offering diversity in our designs as the world of dance evolves from the traditional forms of dance to the more contemporary.
Support: Body Wrappers strives to be a part of the dance community by working with our retail distributors on their stores events, special events and support of dance companies and organizations within their communities.
Community: The Body Wrappers family includes our retail partners as well as our dedicated staff and we are committed to providing our retailing partners with outstanding products, customer service and marketing support that will help all of us grow our businesses within the world of dance.