Flying Cross — Since 1842

Flying Cross, a brand of Fechheimer Brothers Company, began its journey of manufacturing the world’s most trusted uniforms for public safety in 1842. Solomon “Samuel” Fechheimer, a German immigrant, opened a small dry goods store in Cincinnati, OH. Samuel combined adventure and passion, seeking out opportunities to grow his business and give back through his trade.

General Robert E. Lee
General Robert E. Lee

With the beginning of the Civil War, Samuel honed his father’s legacy and craftsmanship of making clothing, to secure the United States government contract to supply uniforms for soldiers in the North. This feat marked the beginning of Flying Cross’ commitment to innovation by standardizing mens’ uniform sizes for the first time ever in American history.

President Gerald Ford, outfitted in Flying Cross.

Since that time, Flying Cross has been shaping the way uniforms are made and used within the military, law enforcement, fire and other markets beyond public safety. Taking on the name of one of America’s most honored medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flying Cross has translated this history of heroism and extraordinary accomplishment to the many customers it serves today.

For years Flying Cross has connected generation after generation of customers who have helped to redefine key uniform attributes such as detailed quality craftsmanship, superior fit and harmony in function and comfort. Now, as the leading uniform manufacturer in public safety, Flying Cross continues its commitment of excellence with new product designs, advances in fabric technologies, customized solutions, and quite simply – time and care in the smallest of details.

Flying Cross reflects the unwavering devotion to duty expressed and experienced by many customers every day. For more than a century and a half, Flying Cross has been trusted to transform precision details of the uniform to the stories of courage and heroism, told and untold.

Flying Cross. The Original Standard.

Uniforms With Distinction


In addition to their desire to serve you, Flying Cross is proud to be:

  • The leading brand trusted by the U.S. Navy for dress uniforms
  • The preferred choice of such venerable public safety agencies such as the California Highway Patrol (CHP), LAPD and Cincinnati Police
  • The only uniform worn by world-renown transit authorities such as the MBTA and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Chicago Transit Authority, the second largest in the world

Flying Cross can meet most any need, with the largest in-stock offerings available for law enforcement, fire, EMS, military, and transportation professionals. Their high-quality uniforms are available through a network of more than 500 independent stores in over 51 countries worldwide and online.

One of the Good Guys—Power Stretch Uniform Shirts

Flying Cross’s signature Power Stretch side-panel shirt takes functional duty to a whole new level—it’s the only shirt with stretch into the shoulder, providing superior movement and mobility.

“Our goal is to bring comfort and functionality to the Public Safety market while also helping law enforcement personnel maintain a crisp and professional appearance.”

– Bob Getto, President and CEO of Fechheimer

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