Peck & Peck was a
private label women's wear prominent on Fifth
Avenue. Founded by Edgar Wallace Peck and his brother
George H. Peck, it began in New York in 1888
with early location near Madison Square. At Edgar
Peck's death, Time magazine reported that
the brothers once had to pay rent every 24 hours
to a distrusting landlord, but now had 19 stores.
It grew to 78 stores across the United States.
Peck & Peck was purchased in the 1970s by the
Minneapolis-based retailing company
Salkin & Linoff and, through a combination
of poor/in-bred family management and widely decentralized
locations, the chain was basically shut down and
sold off in pieces.Some specific store locations
of the chain were sold by
Salkin & Linoff in the mid/late 1980s to
H.C. Prange Co. of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (a few
single stores may remain).
Peck & Peck was known for its classic clothes.
Bonwit Teller and
B. Altman and Company's post-World War II fashions,
Peck & Peck personified and flourished in the
pre-hippie era in New York when WASP fashion ruled
stores and fashion magazines.The store had the distinction
of being listed in Lisa Birnbach's The Official
Preppy Handbook as one of the late, great "prep"
retailers, along with New York stores like
Best & Co. and
Abercrombie & Fitch,
both since revived.
To writers like Joan Didion, Peck & Peck was
descriptor and shorthand for a certain fashion look.
Some say that Hillary Clinton has a Peck & Peck
look. A store classic was the simple A-shaped dress.
Other fashion retailers that grew in the wake of
the closure of Peck & Peck were
Ann Taylor and