First-time contributor EAE has composed this paean to Brooks Brothers’ Beverly Hills store, which closes Monday, August 27.
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Brooks Brothers’ location at the corner of 468 Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard
has been scheduled for closure, not due to paucity of clientele,
but rather the internecine machinations of the trustees of the Anderson Family Trust,
whose ancestor, Stanley Anderson, founded the Beverly Hills Hotel,
and which also happens to hold the title to the Brothers Brooks store,
having acquired their property before Beverly Hills was founded as a city.
So Brooks Brothers has had the proverbial blue, white, and gold rug
pulled out from beneath its loafer-clad feet, as the Anderson family
decided it wanted $300 million (minimum asking price), taxable, instead of maintaining Brooks’ lease.
Brooks Brothers Beverly Hills first opened its doors on April 2, 2003,
during the continuing foundering of its storied namesake
under the regrettable ownership of Marks & Spencer.
Alas poor Brooks Brothers Beverly Hills, I knew thee well!
Farewell to your lovely, luscious reps and checks and dowdy tweedy drapery!
Adieu to your subtle fustiness and khaki bliss!
No more the OCBD-clad to roam your echoing halls of effulgent marble.
A touch more la dolce vita than English Leather, woolens, or limes,
always palatial, and rather more patrician than your soon-to-be-erstwhile peers upon the ol’ Rodeo,
you were a bulwark of old highbrow class and elegance among your Italianate and French haute blasé fellows,
who pander to the nouveau riche and tourists,
a monument to the transient and lowbrow that is Los Angeles.