As a 46-year-old I take comfort in the fact that Henry Sands Brooks was 46 when he founded what eventually became Brooks Brothers. It's hard to imagine that next year the company will be 200 years old. Bicentennials are something one associates with nations, not clothing companies. But then America is still a young country, and having outfitted 39 of its 44 Presidents, Brooks Brothers is almost as old as the country itself. The little store that opened in 1818 and supplied uniforms to the Union Army during the Civil War bore little resemblance to the upscale haberdashery it was in its heyday, which in turn looks not much like the global brand it has become today. But for quality traditional American menswear there is, to misquote scripture, no other name by which men may be dressed.
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