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Brooks Brothers Celebrates 200 Years of Style

Posted On: Apr 25, 2018   |   Posted By: WWD

In 1811, the Commissioners' Plan laid out the grid system of streets and avenues between 14th Street and Washington Heights that would become the literal skeleton of New York. A year later, New York City Hall was built, and five years after that, the New York Stock Exchange was unveiled.
All those dates show how nascent the future metropolis of Manhattan was in 1818, the year the 45-year-old Henry Sands Brooks opened a men's haberdashery, H. & D.H. Brooks & Co., in a small wooden storefront on the northeast corner of Catherine and Cherry Streets, within blocks of the East River and the site of the future Brooklyn Bridge, which wouldn't be built for another 52 years.
Brooks' mission was a simple one: “To make and deal only in merchandise of the finest quality, to sell it at a fair profit and to deal with people who seek and appreciate such merchandise.”
Two-hundred years later, the business that Sands founded - and which was later renamed Brooks Brothers in honor of his four sons: Elisha, Daniel, Edward and...

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