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The Oldest Dress Shirts Merchant

By Guest Author On March 21, 2011 Under Success Secrets

The Brooks Brothers in the United States is the oldest mens dress shirts merchant. It was founded on 1818 as a family business. This privately owned company is owned by Retail Brand Alliance, which is a division of Luxottica which features clothing for women rendered in Madison Avenue, Manhattan New York.

In early times, they are known for introducing ready-to-wear suit to American customers by 1859. In the late 19th century Brooks Brothers tailored many distinctive uniforms for elite regiments of New York National Guard and uniforms of New York State troops during the Civil War.

Today many people consider Brooks Brothers as a traditional clothier. They have contributed much on the many novelty clothing in the market. John E. Brooks, the grandson of Henry Sandy Brooks (founder of the Brooks Brothers) invented the button-down dress shirts collar. He had gotten this idea after seeing non-flapping collars on English polo players.

Brooks Brothers has already dressed and even made custom dress shirts for prominent and less famous people and for generations. Political leaders such as the US President Barack Obama wore a Brooks Brothers coat, and scarf and even his gloves during his inauguration in 2009. Aside from Obama, there are many other presidents who have worn Brooks Brother’s clothes like Ulysses S. Grant during her 2nd inauguration as US President, Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Fold and Bill Clinton.

There are also some Hollywood celebrities in 1940’s who obtained special attention from Brooks Brothers Manhattan namely Clarke Gable, Kimmy Stewart, Barry Fitzgerald, Nuna Foch, and Maria Riva. Today’s Hollywood personalities such as Ben Afleck used in Pearl Harbor Film, Jean Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums, and Will Smith in Ali are also spotted wearing Brooks Brothers clothings.

After all those years in business clothes industry, Brooks Brothers still remains stable in giving quality clothes for the people.

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