Brooks Trivia

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In 1904, which sweater was introduced to the Brooks Brothers collection?

In 1904, the Shetland sweater was introduced to the Brooks Brothers collection. Originally hand-made by peasants of the Shetland Islands, the process was refined by Brooks Brothers and was soon to become an American classic.

In what year did Brooks introduce the Foulard tie to America?

Brooks introduced the Foulard tie to America in the year 1900.

When he was 13 years old, what did eventual Brooks Brothers president Francis G. Lloyd do?

Former Brooks Brothers president, Francis G. Lloyd, guarded the Grand Street location during the 1863 Draft Riots.

What is the earliest and most enduring of Brooks’ innovations?

The famous Number One sack suit is the earliest and most enduring of Brooks’ innovations.

What is the significance of the number 346 in Brooks Brothers’ history?

346 marks the address to Brooks Brothers’ flagship store in New York (346 Madison Avenue). It is the oldest store in the Brooks Brothers chain. It is also the name of Brooks’ factory line.

It has been said that nearly every U.S. president has had a considerable Brooks Brothers wardrobe since the 1860s. Which president started this precedent?

Almost every president since Abraham Lincoln has had a considerable Brooks Brothers wardrobe.

In Brooks Brothers’ history, who holds the record for customer loyalty?

John R. Voorhis—the one-time Grand Sachem of Tammany Hall—holds the record for Brooks Brothers customer loyalty. When he was 10, his mother bought him his first long pants at Brooks Brothers. Until his death at 102, he never bought a suit anywhere else.

Who founded the Order of the Golden Fleece?

Philip the Good was the Duke of Burgundy and of the Netherlands. He founded The Order of the Golden Fleece in honor of his wife, Isabella (daughter of King John I of Portugal), in 1430. The Lamb of God (seen in Brooks’ logo) suspended at each Knight’s heart, symbolized humility and the woolen fabrics to which much of Burgundian wealth was owed.

Who was the United States Ambassador that loaned Charles Lindbergh a Brooks Brothers suit after his famous trans-Atlantic flight?

When Charles Lindbergh landed without luggage after his famous trans-Atlantic flight, United States Ambassador to France, Myron T. Herrick, loaned him a Brooks Brothers suit.

To draw upon the metaphor of mainstream American ambition, author Ernest Hemingway mentioned Brooks Brothers in what novel?

To draw upon the metaphor of mainstream American ambition, Hemingway mentioned Brooks Brothers in The Sun Also Rises.