Moore & Giles was founded in 1933 in Lynchburg, Virginia during the heart of the Great Depression by Donald Graeme Moore. Previously a purchasing agent at the Craddock-Terry Shoe Corporation, Moore lost his job in a massive layoff catalyzed by poor economic conditions. Originally a supplier of “findings”, the company sold a broad range of components
used in footwear constructions to manufacturers in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
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When Donald Moore’s son-in-law, W. Vernon Giles, joined the Company in 1935 the name was changed to Moore & Giles. Donald Moore remained with Moore & Giles until his retirement in 1966 at the age of eighty-eight. In the same month that his grandfather retired, Mr. Moore’s grandson, Donald Moore Giles, joined the company. Don served Moore & Giles for over 50 years from 1966-2018.
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