Liberty Army and Navy Celebrates …

While small businesses nationwide struggle to keep their heads above water and ride out turbulent economic times, Liberty Army and Navy recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Also, withstanding fickle trends in fashion, the family-owned retailer has managed to hold onto its stellar reputation as the go-to place for military clothing and surplus, camping gear and cold weather clothing and accessories. And, of course, as in its beginning, Liberty Army and Navy continues to carry Levi jeans, a wardrobe staple for many in the community.

Owners and sisters Eve Rothbard and Iris Rose are quick to point out, though, that over the years, Liberty Army and Navy has integrated modern clothing styles — such as Levi’s 511 “skinny” jeans and SmartWool socks, among other increasingly popular brands.

“Basically, we’ve kept our name but we’ve changed our business,” said Rose.

Rothbard agreed. “We’ve been able to stay true to our roots and yet many people describe us as an upscale Army and Navy store.”

Lately, commuters traveling from Fairfield County to New York could be seen sporting stylish oilskin jackets, made by Outback. The sisters explain that although this product was originally meant to be worn