Deer Stags: A Look Back

Deer Stags Concepts looks back on the events that have kept the family-owned business on top of its game.

1964 Brothers Jack and Hy Muskat form Dunbar Boot Co. in New York, manufacturing Western boots in Spain for Acme Boot Co. under the Dan Post label

1968 Dunbar Boot Co., renamed Glen Shoe Co., begins offering men’s dress footwear

1969 Jack and Hy’s brother, Phil Muskat, joins Glen Shoe. Also that year, Jack’s son Michael comes on board

1972 Jack’s other son Rick Muskat joins the Glen Shoe team

1973 Launch of The Nature Shoe, a negative-heel style

1974 A dozen Natural Shoe stores open in three countries to market The Nature Shoe; Elton John wears a Glen Shoe platform on his Greatest Hits album cover

1975 Howard Weiss joins Glen Shoe as VP and general counsel

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1977 Jack’s third son, Steve Muskat, enters the business; a license is signed with Paramount Pictures for “Saturday Night Fever”

1978 Jazz oxford is introduced, capitalizing on the disco phenomenon

1979 On Wheels roller skates debut, targeting the roller disco crowd; the firm signs a license with Paramount Pictures for “Grease,” “Mork & Mindy” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”

1980 Co-founder Jack dies

1988 Introduction of Switch, a novelty line of interchangeable zippered shoe uppers

1989 Management team of Glen Shoe acquires Deer Stags brand from Osceola Shoe Co. and renames company Deer Stags; Howard Weiss becomes a full partner

1995 Hy Muskat dies

1997 Michael’s daughter, Alison Muskat Male, joins the company as creative director

1999 Rick’s son Danny Muskat joins as national sales manager, along with Steve’s stepson, Darryl Hall, who is named national accounts manager; Deerstags.com is launched

2002 Deerstags Times oxford is introduced, featuring patented S.U.P.R.O. comfort technology, and quickly becomes a best-seller

2004 Oh Deer! fashion collection for women is launched

2005 Rick’s daughter, Jeni Muskat Klein, joins as director of operations

2006 Deer Stags slipper line, Slipperooz, is launched; Rick’s son-in-law, Brian Leitner, enters the business

2007 Rick’s son Jake Muskat joins as national accounts manager

2009 Third-generation family members help create Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s Young Professionals for Two Ten (YP210); Rick is named membership chair of FDRA; Rockadelic men’s fashion line is introduced

2010 Deer Stags Concepts moves its offices downtown to New York’s Flatiron district; Alison named board member for Two Ten; Rick named treasurer of FDRA

2011 Steve exits the company; Howard Weiss dies

2012 Company introduces NoSox line of active lifestyle looks

2013 Deer Stags unveils higher-end Prime collection

2014 Rick becomes vice chairman of FDRA

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