1947 LLC is a full-service textile solution provider, striving to ensure our clients receive quality service and cutting-edge technologies.


Founded in May 2014 by two industry veterans with nearly 40 years of experience combined, 1947 LLC is a full-service textile solution provider specializing in military, tactical, and industrial products. 1947 LLC has extremely strong relationships with all domestic weavers of nylon, polyester, nylon/cotton and cotton substrates.

The founders have been able to team up with the most experienced dyers, printers, coaters, and finishers in the global textile industry. All of these relationships allow 1947 LLC to have the flexibility to provide customers with the best solution for their fabric and technology needs as well as the ability to develop and test new products.

1947 LLC develops and sources woven and knit fabrics globally. Our domestic partners produce to the highest quality standards with testing being completed by accredited labs. In Asia, 1947 LLC maintains a Shanghai office that ensures our customers will receive the same quality and service they experience in the US.


Ben Galpen

Co-Founder, Ben Galpen, has over 20 years of experience in the textile industry. Ben is one of the most knowledgeable and respected people in the textile industry. He has a BA in Communications from the University of Rhode Island.

Ed Ricci

Co-Founder, Ed Ricci, has over 25 years of experience in the textile industry. A 3rd generation textile executive in which for the past ten years was CEO of a group of textile companies in the United States and Asia. Through his vast experience and previous responsibility for over 6000 textile workers worldwide innovation has always been a top priority. He has a BS in Marketing from Boston College and an MBA from Bryant University.

Bryan Boulis

Vice President of Sales, Bryan Boulis, has over 35 years of broad woven textile experience sourcing fabrics both domestically and globally for a wide variety of end users. He has a BS in Business Administration from Stonehill College.


1947 LLC is the exclusive international distributor of the MULTICAM® brand of fabrics & webbings. Given their vast experience with the brand and extensive knowledge of the industry, Crye Precision™ has tasked 1947, LLC to provide the crucial duties related to quality control, customer support, product development, and brand growth. Only 1947 LLC will be responsible for new MULTICAM® fabric development in the US as well as the exclusive right to international MULTICAM® fabric sales and distribution.


1947 LLC has partnered with Texcel Industries to be their exclusive international and new business development partner.

Texcel Industries has been a leader in the manufacturing of military solid and camouflage webbing for over 18 years. Texcel has been involved in almost every major military contract, including IOTV, OTV, ILBE, FILBE, PLATE CARRIER, MTV, IMTV and MOLLE COMPONENTS. Texcel was also the first approved supplier of AOR1 and AOR2 for use in Special Forces programs. With over a billion yards of webbing in the field, Texcel has proven to be a leader in integrity, pricing, quality, and on-time delivery.




May 11, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc. (“B&O,” “the Company”), a leading textile converter and provider of technical fabrics to multiple industries, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Cutting Edge TexStyles, a 99-year-old manufacturer of bias binding, trims and textiles based in Bedford, MA. The new business will continue to operate in its existing location with its current staff, including former CEO Joe Goldman, who will now serve as Vice President of the Cutting Edge TexStyles Sales Division of B&O alongside the Company’s Performance Textiles and 1947 Sales Divisions.

Cutting Edge TexStyles has a longstanding reputation as a third-generation manufacturer of “narrow” fabrics in bias bindings and trims. Like B&O, the business is also a textile converter known for delivering quality and service to diverse industries and niche businesses.

"We are very pleased to welcome Joe and his team to Brand & Oppenheimer. We view the addition of Cutting Edge as synergistic and a means to diversify into the narrow textile sector,” stated Edward Ricci, B&O CEO. “With the support of our owners, Praesidian Capital, we will be able to explore similar acquisitions in the future that will allow B&O to expand its capabilities within the overall textile industry and thereby provide increasingly more robust products and services to our customers."

According to Goldman, “We see new opportunities by joining forces with B&O. We are both century-old businesses that continue to thrive by constantly meeting customer demands with quality materials. This will be a seamless transition for our customers and employees. We look forward to offering the B&O product line to Cutting Edge customers.”

The Founding Partner of Praesidian Capital, Jason Drattell, noted that “we are encouraged by the progress that Brand & Oppenheimer has made in the past two years under the management of Ed Ricci, Ben Galpen and Bryan Boulis. We look forward to seeing more acquisition opportunities like Cutting Edge that support the Company’s growth strategy.”

About Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc.

Brand & Oppenheimer Company, Inc. is a leading textile converter based in Portsmouth, RI. The Company specializes in providing textile solutions for such market segments as the military, tactical, commercial, apparel, industrial, and specialty end items. B&O offers a wide range of stock fabrics with the capability of supplying custom solutions, as well. B&O’s divisions include Performance Textiles Sales Division, a leading supplier of high-performance fabrics based in Greensboro, NC; as well as 1947 Sales Division, the exclusive international distributor of the MULTICAM® brand of fabrics & webbings.

About Praesidian Capital

Praesidian Capital is an innovative private investment firm focused on providing senior and subordinated debt along with growth capital to private lower middle market businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and selectively in Northern Europe. Praesidian invests in established small and mid-sized companies, often in connection with management buyouts, recapitalizations, and refinancings. Based in New York with an office in London, Praesidian manages nearly $1 billion in committed capital. For more information, visit www.praesidian.com.


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1947, LLC


208 Clock Tower Square
Portsmouth, RI 02871
United States

Minfu International, Ltd.

2299 YanAn Road (West)

ShanghaiMart, Suite 10A31

Shanghai, China 200336

Phone: +86 21 6236 2455

Fax: +86 21 6236 2456

MultiCam® Fabric:
Please contact Ben Galpen at Ben.Galpen@1947llc.com or 401-439-6505.

New Business Ventures, Timepiece and 47PRO6 chemistry:
Please contact Ed Ricci at Ed.Ricci@1947llc.com or 401-465-9830.

Industrial, Apparel Fabrics, and Webbing Sales:
Please contact Bryan Boulis at Bryan.Boulis@1947llc.com or 508-801-3685.

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