"when you saw him next he’d be wearing a cast-off Brooks suit and a hat with a Princeton club I forget which band"
Branch of Brooks Brothers built in 1874, 670 Broadway, Manhattan - Credit: Robert N. Dennis
Statute of John Harvard, Harvard University’s benefactor and namesake, wearing a hat with a Princeton band - Credit: Joe Shlabotnik
, established in 1818 and still highly successful today, is the oldest men’s clothiers in the United States. Fine quality has long been the Brooks’ by-word and its clientele are affluent and of high social standing. It is famous for introducing the ready-to-wear suit in the late nineteenth century.
Like Harvard, Princeton University is an Ivy League institution of worldwide renown. Its clubs are private members-only organisations composed of alumni, faculty and students. Appearing initially in the 1870s, there are currently over 160 in existence across the world.