Brooksiana: Chicago Tribune On The Brooks Archive

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On Tuesday The Chicago Tribune ran a feature on Brooks Brothers and its historic archive based in Chantilly, VA. Entitled “The Hidden Story Of Brooks Brothers,” you can check it out here. — CC

11 Comments on "Brooksiana: Chicago Tribune On The Brooks Archive"

  1. The link is no good. The site prompts the page visitor to subscribe in order to read the article.

  2. I got that too but then went through Google News. Thought the link I pasted would work.

    Anyway, try from here:

    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&authuser=0&q=chicago+tribune+brooks+brothers&oq=chicago+tribune+brooks+brothers&gs_l=news-cc.3..43j43i53.5552.9594.0.9728.31.8.0.23.23.0.74.443.8.8.0…0.0…1ac.1.JR6ho5skyLE

  3. The Brooks Brothers double breasted was back (compare the shape of the lapels with this:
    http://s17.postimg.org/u19bdkjj3/images.jpg ).

  4. Is a distinctive shape called “Tautz Lapels”.
    Brooks Brothers double breasted
    traditionally have this.

    http://s30.postimg.org/oxqq9qji9/dddbrooks1931.jpg

    http://s29.postimg.org/t8uiskdnb/il_fullxfull_608289234_o28x.jpg

    This is a specimen from early 70s

    http://s30.postimg.org/fg0616cld/il_fullxfull_608289234_o28x.jpg

  5. http://s11.postimg.org/86z1grqj7/images.jpg

    If today Brooks Brothers had a minimum sense of style and tradition should resume these features.
    Brooks Brothers in late 60s had done.

  6. Brooks introduced Harris Tweed to America, eh? Makes sense.

  7. A.E.W. Mason | October 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm |

    @Christian

    Thank you for that interesting read.

  8. I’d very much like to see more pictures of early to mid century Brooks clothing.

    I know a few older tailors who praise the old (circa 40s and 50s) Brooks. One of them recalls a Harris Tweed hopsack blazer. Has anyone else heard that they used “loom state” cloth for blazers and suits? Unfinished. Hard English worsteds.

  9. I love the idea that there exists a detailed, comprehensive Brooks Brothers archive, and that it was kept up even while no profit was being made on it.

  10. Richard Meyer | October 17, 2014 at 6:55 am |

    The current BB is but a sad cry from the BB I frequented in the early 60’s on Madison Avenue.

  11. Carmelo
    More difference than just the lapels. Your image shows six button and patch & flap waist pockets. But, yes the labels are the same and both are DBs. 😉

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