This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Hosier (Ho'-Zher). Formerly the term hosier was applied to tailors who sold men's garments ready-made. In its more modern use hosier has been restricted in its meaning to one who deals in hose, or in knitted goods, such as undergarments, jerseys, cardigans, stockinet, fancy knit goods, etc.