Vicki Marsha Uniforms has conducted business for nearly 70 years. In 1947, Wallace and Camille Crook read that a business called Vicki Marsha Originals was for sale. After World War II, the economy was questionable, but the Crooks decided to purchase the business. The original owner, who had named the company after her daughter, Vicki Marsha, developed a line of little girls’ frilly dresses, which had become well known. Across the country, high-end stores such as Marshall Fields, Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin and Bullocks, purchased the popular label.
The focus of the business at Vicki Marsha Originals changed in 1952 when nuns from a nearby Catholic School came to the company seeking a more attractive uniform for their female students. Creating a balance between fashion and practicality, the Crooks chose an imported gingham plaid for the girls’ jumpers and skirts. This new look made quite a stir in the Catholic communities and before they knew it, other schools in the surrounding area were contacting Wallace and Camille. As the trend in uniform manufacturing continued to grow, the company kept up with orders for both the original fashion line and school uniforms for nearly ten years. When lace and frills declined in popularity in the early 1960’s, the decision was made to manufacture uniforms exclusively.
Vicki Marsha Uniforms is still family owned and operated. After Wallace passed away in 1976, son Buck began working with Camille, taking over his father’s duties as Vice President of Operations. Daughter Sherry who worked at the company for years during the busy season began working on a full time basis as President in 1990 when Camille passed away. In 2006, long-time family friends Tim and Diane Cologne purchased VMU from Buck and Sherry. Continuing the Crook's family tradition, Tim and Diane believe their priority is to maintain the best service possible to all their schools.