Berger Specialty Co.
413 E. 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
M-F. 9:00am to 4:30pm
Sat. 10:00am to 3:00pm
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We speak English, Spanish, Korean and Japanese.
We specialize in vintage beads and beading supplies. We sell to both retail and wholesale customers and with our website we can ship all over the world. Due to the uniqueness and limited supply of some of our products, some items are not listed for sale online. Check back frequently to see newly added products as we expand our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for online, please do not hesitate to call us during our regular business hours and have one of our experienced sales staff members answer all of your questions.
Sol Berger founded and opened Berger Specialty Co. in September of 1938, working alone until he gained help from his wife Fannie. Twenty five years later, Sol´s daughter, Pearl, took ownership of the business with help from her sisters Carrie and Lee and Fannies' sister, Beatrice. It was this group of women who were so important to the initial growth of the company and throughout the years. When Pearl got married, her husband Ken became a part of the Berger family and soon the business was in his control. In 1983, Ken and Pearl's son Barry Rubin took ownership with his wife Vickie. Soon the store will be passed to the 4th generation of owners, their sons' Torey and Cody Rubin.
How We Started
Berger Specialty Co. Inc. was established in 1938 by Sol Berger who formerly worked for the Nelson Bead Co. in New York. Berger Specialty is the oldest source for beads and trimmings in the Los Angeles area. We are now a 4th generation enterprise serving wholesale and retail customers in the downtown Los Angeles area, and through www.bergerbeads.net, we serve customers all over the world. Our products can be seen in countless movies and television shows, like the jewels in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, celebrity outfits from Elvis to Beyonce, and we supply many fashion designers and high-end retail stores.
Today we are growing faster than ever. We have employees that have been with us 30 years or more, many of whom are fluent in Spanish, Korean, and Japanese, and we have a 6,000 sq. ft. store open weekdays and Saturdays. The year 2013 marked the 70th anniversary for Berger Specialty Co.
Berger Specialty Co. was established in 1938, but it was not called Berger Specialty Co. until 1941. It was first headquartered out of the garage and laundry room of the Berger family residence on Sycamore Street in Los Angeles. The first office location was set up in the garage of the family residence on Palm Grove Ave, also in Los Angeles. In 1938 the first office opened at 754 S. Los Angeles St. Then in 1942, the first official store opened at 211 E. 8th St., and finally in 1972, needing more space, the business was moved to its current location at 413 E. 8th St.