Lion Apparel is a true Dayton Original. In 1898, the Lapedes family began selling clothing and dry goods to farmers around the Dayton area from a wagon. In the early 1900s, they opened the Lion store downtown on Jefferson Street and began selling men’s clothing. Over time the business evolved to selling service station and other types of uniforms. Now Lion Apparel is focused on personal protective equipment and services for first responders such as fire, police, EMS and military personnel around the world. Lion is now the world’s largest supplier of structural fire fighting clothing. They are the industry leading innovator and continue to develop groundbreaking products and service offerings. Still family owned and operated with its world headquarters in Dayton, Lion has global customers and outfits seven of the top ten largest fire departments in the United States. Lion Apparel is certainly worthy of this distinction as a true Dayton Original!