Brooks Trivia

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In what year did Brooks Brothers open a flagship store in Japan?

Brooks Brothers opened a flagship store in Aoyama, Japan in 1979.

True or False? None of the tie designs that were selected by Francis G. Lloyd during his visits to England are in use today.

False. Many of the tie designs that were selected by Francis G. Lloyd upon his visits to England are still used today.

What company supplied Brooks’ Oxford shirt cloth up until the 1940s?

D&J Anderson supplied Brooks’ Oxford shirt cloth—called “Cloth #1”—up until the 1940s.

What year did Brooks Brothers incorporate?

In 1903, Brooks Brothers became a corporation.

Why was Brooks Brothers’ original “white” oxford cloth called “Karnak?”

Brooks’ original “white” oxford cloth was called “Karnak” to suggest the off-white linen found in the tombs of the Karnak Temple in Egypt. True white—it wasn’t.

In 1945, after WWII, Brooks got an unexpected taste of post-war exuberance as many rowdy soldiers traded their uniforms for items like button-down collar “Polo” shirts. True or false?

False, Brooks got an unexpected taste of post-war exuberance from some of their soldier-customers one morning in 1918 as rowdy soldiers traded their uniforms for items like button-down collar “Polo” shirts.

Brooks Brothers introduced the button-down collar Polo shirt to America around 1900. When did it start becoming enormously popular?

The button-down collar Polo shirt, considered a “daring choice” after it was introduced to America around 1900, started becoming enormously popular during the Jazz Age. (A time that threw off the shackles of Victorian conformity.)

Writer John O’Hara was obsessed with Brooks tailoring. What English company was he known to import fabrics from to be fashioned by Brooks’ workrooms?

John O’Hara would import fabrics from Allen Solly & Company, in England, to be fashioned by Brooks’ workrooms.