The Buckle, Inc. is a fashion retailer selling clothing, footwear, and accessories for young men and women. The company operates 463 stores in 44 US states, under the names Buckle and The Buckle. Buckle markets brand names and private label apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops/shirts, activewear, outerwear, accessories and footwear. Buckle began with a mens clothing store in 1948 in Kearney, Nebraska. The first store was founded by David Hirschfeld and operated under the name Mills Clothing. His son, Dan, took over the operations in 1965. In 1967, a second store was purchased and operated under the name Brass Buckle. At that point, the Company began selling more casual mens clothing and by the early 1970s Brass Buckle had developed into a denim-based store. In 1977, the Company introduced womens clothing. In 1991, Brass Buckle changed its name to The Buckle, and in 1992 the Company went public on the NASDAQ where it was traded as BKLE. In 1997, The Buckle moved to the New York Stock Exchange where it now trades under the symbol, BKE.