Brooks Brothers was established in 1818 by Henry Sand Brooks. From its humble beginnings in New York City to its position today as a global purveyor of American style, Brooks Brothers has continued to influence and innovate fashion for nearly two centuries. Brooks Brothers was the first to offer ready-to-wear clothing, introduced seersucker and madras to the American market, and created one of the most enduring and popular items: the iconic button-down collar shirt.
Brooks Brothers is not only a clothing brand, but has become part of the American narrative. The brand has the distinction of outfitting of 39 of the 44 Presidents of the United States. It was a favourite of some of the country’s greatest cultural icons such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clark Gable, Andy Warhol and Katherine Hepburn. The company continues to dress many of today’s leading celebrities as well as collaborating on costumes for TV and cinema’s biggest productions such as the Emmy winning drama Mad Men and most recently partnering with costume designer Catherine Martin to create all of the menswear for Baz Lurhman’s The Great Gatsby, which won the Oscar in February 2014 for Best Costume Design.
In June 2014, Brooks Brothers signed Zac Posen as Creative Director for the retailer’s signature Women’s Collection and Accessories. Zac Posen’s first women’s collection made its debut in Spring 2016.