There is only one retail establishment in the world that is able to boast that they had retained the patronage of both Thomas Jefferson and Andy Warhol, and that would be Brooks Brothers.
"Founded in 1818 when Manhattan was a seacoast town of less than 125,000 population, the store has kept some of the country’s (and the world’s) most noted personages in shoes, socks, pajamas, shirts, ties, hats, and suits...
Diplomats and prize fighters, dukes and bankers, Cabinet members and theatrical luminaries stroll every day through the ten-story building on Madison Avenue. The sight of Secretary of State Dean Acheson trying on a new overcoat, or Clark Gable testing a new pair of shoes, or the Duke of Windsor undecided between a red or green dressing gown causes scarcely a flurry. The reason is simply that the store itself is a national legend, as noted in its own right as any of its patrons."
The attached five page article lays out the first 132 years of Brooks Brothers. It is printable.
Brooks Brothers suits have always been favored by the professional businessman or
lawyer. Several years ago Brooks Brothers totally revamped its clothing lines with
little personal injury to the company's bottom line. Many Brooks Brothers suits are
manufactured in Massachusetts and shipped to their stores across the country as far
west as San Diego and to additional stores around the world. Their mid-range "1818"
line has become the suit of choice for the young professional man across the country
from a San Diego personal injury lawyer to a New York Wall Street financier.