Menswear Pioneer: Brooks Brothers’ Biggest Contributions

Brooks Brothers. You know the name. It’s synonymous with foolproof style, tailoring, and every kind of suiting essential. This brand has more than earned its icon status – it’s been making the world a more dapper place since 1818. Two of its most influential contributions? Read on.

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The Ready-Made Suit (1849)
Call it a result of the California Gold Rush. Fortune seekers didn’t want to wait on tailors, so Brooks Brothers seized the moment and introduced the first off-the-rack suits.

Non-Iron Shirts (1998)
The search for wrinkle-free ends here with the launch of the BrooksEase – the original 100% cotton, non-iron shirt. Just toss in the washer and dryer and go. There’s no need to dry clean.

What will the brand pioneer next? The never-wash chino? The holeproof sock? We’re all ears.

Our Brooks Brothers Boutique opens Wednesday, March 19, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 19, 2014