The Red Sweater In ’80s Brooks Brothers Catalogs, Plus Current Stock


Quick, before we reach peak red sweater!

Here are some scans from Brooks Brothers catalogs from the early ’80s, featuring red sweaters for men and women, plus a turtleneck and sclarlet vest:


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As for what’s currently available, there are a few, though no cable knits.

Here’s a wool crewneck for $148:


Wool v-neck, also $148:


Cotton crewneck, $79:


Cashmere crewneck, $468:


18 Comments on "The Red Sweater In ’80s Brooks Brothers Catalogs, Plus Current Stock"

  1. Time for me to break out my red cashmere v-neck sweater vest. Now I want a red turtle neck though…

  2. Chewco L.P. (Cayman) | October 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm |

    I like the fact that you left out the context for this post. None needed. Research from the University of Rochester showed that “wearing the color red makes a man more attractive and sexually desirable to women.”

  3. Bags' Groove | October 10, 2016 at 4:35 pm |

    No wonder Santa Claus is always ho-ho-ho-ing!

  4. Walter Denton | October 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm |

    I have a couple of red sweaters that I really enjoy including a red Shetland crew neck and a cashmere v-neck sweater vest. But I’m not a fan of the sweater Mr. Bone wore last night. The quarter zip sweater is just not a classic.

  5. Yes, I think there’s pretty unanimous concensus that zippers ain’t trad. Some renegade will always dig up heyday-era images of a zippered sweater, but that was the exception and clearly they were selected for extinction.

    The ubiquity of them now at Brooks Italiano simply proves the point.

  6. Christian, I have never seen an image of a zippered sweater from they hey-day, were they quarter zips? I too do not like quarter zips and do not understand the big deal being made over that man’s outfit.

  7. Whoops, I meant “the”.

  8. Speaking of sweaters– anybody have any of the (old) Drummer Shetlands?

  9. Sorry ’bout that. “Drumohr.” Nobody dislikes the auto-correction mechanism more than I do.

  10. I have two Fratelli Brooks sweaters, a Shetland and a cashmere, neither of them red.

    I’m not sure I own a red sweater. Maroon/burgundy at most. I go with the olive-green for Christmas parties.

  11. Found an old RL Chaps red shetland last year – features a much older and less ubiquitous logo – but terrific to wear.

    Also – $148 for that red wool crewneck is insane.

    Now to find a red sweater for the wife…

  12. Not a saddle shoulder to be found in today’s offering. Is saddle shoulder the correct term? I certainly think they look best.


  13. I have the original “lovat-green” Drumohr Shaggy Dog Shetland sweater that was displayed in the ivy Style exhibit at FIT size 40 still in pretty good condition. Will tweet the pic.

  14. Was so excited responding regret the small “i” Ivy Style.

  15. I think saddle shoulder is correct.

    @Chewco – Research from the University of Rochester showed that “wearing the color red makes a man more attractive and sexually desirable to women.”

    That explains my decline in female companions since I outgrew my red v-neck.

  16. My Polo shetland from last year has a saddle shoulder but it is hard to see. Made in Scotland to boot.

  17. Roger Sack | May 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm |

    The “real”Brooks Brothers still existed at the time of the catalog.
    Todays is closer to Mens Wearhouse. As for trad sweaters, I got
    several in recent years from, not surprisingly, The Andover Shop.
    O’Connell’s is also a good bet. I picked up two non shetlands, but
    still kind of trad on a recent trip to the UK.

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