Brooks Brothers, the country's oldest clothing retailer, celebrated its 202nd birthday during the COVID-19 outbreak and filed for bankruptcy on July 8th. It's a major blow for the identity-defining menswear staple, which has become synonymous with the society set, along with the worlds of business and finance. Though the Chapter 11 doesn't necessarily mean the Golden Fleece is gone forever, layoffs and store closures are well underway while the brand looks for a new buyer. It may be the end of one era for the iconic brand, but it's not the first time it's gone through change. From its beginnings in New York City to its evolution outfitting presidents and screen stars, click through for a brief (but extensive) history of Brooks Brothers.
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