Brooks Brothers – whose customers include Hollywood legends and
US Presidents – threw open the doors of its Regent Street store
recently (Thursday, October 20, 2011) to showcase the best in
a never-before-seen display, the retailer showed off the wealth
of Scottish products on sale in its London flagship store to an
exclusive guest list of nearly 300 leading lights in the
UK fashion industry.
Brooks Brothers celebrated its long-standing
relationship with leading Scottish textiles companies, which
regularly supply the most iconic clothing retailer in the US:
Barrie Knitwear; Begg Scotland; Hawick Knitwear; Harris Tweed
Hebrides; Harris Tweed Textiles; Johnstons Cashmere; Reid &
Taylor, Robert Noble; and Todd & Duncan.
mark Harris Tweed's centenary year, the distinguished retailer –
nearing its own 200th anniversary – showed off a Harris
Tweed-upholstered 1919 Model T Ford, especially created by
Ramsay Coachtrimming for the ‘champagne of fabric's'
Guests were invited to immerse themselves in the magic of this
century-old cloth, with stunning images by world-renowned
photographer Ian Lawson on show, illustrating the rural
landscape which is inherent in each piece of fabric that leaves
With notable customers, from Hollywood legends such as Clark
Gable and James Stewart to world-renowned artists like Andy
Warhol and successive American presidents (including Abraham
Lincoln, often pictured in his trademark black frock coat from
the store), Brooks Brothers remains one of the world's leading
retailers of fine clothing.
Cathy Black, head of textiles at Scottish Enterprise, said:
"Scottish textiles companies regularly do business with high-end
stores such as Brooks Brothers. The fact this well-established
retailer has decided to collectively showcase products from
Scotland in this way is testament to how much the ‘made in
Scotland' accolade means to its discerning customers.
"Brooks Brothers' customers want quality, luxurious and stylish
products – and that is exactly what the Scottish textiles
industry is known for. This is a perfect partnership, and long
may it continue."
Headquartered on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, Brooks Brothers
now boasts 280 stores worldwide and has introduced Scottish
fashion to its international customer base.
Founder Henry Sands Brooks had a very clear guiding principle
for Brooks Brothers, which was "to make and deal only in
merchandise of the finest body, to sell it at a fair profit, and
to deal with people who seek and appreciate such merchandise."
This is a standard echoed by the Scottish textiles industry.
Jane McCann, UK general manager at Brooks Brothers, said: "We
are proud to celebrate our long-established relationships with
Scottish luxury suppliers through this unique event. We welcome
the opportunity to showcase the heritage, quality and
craftsmanship through our collections sourced from purveyors of
fine cashmere, knits and cloth."
arrival, the guests were ‘piped' in to the store by a
traditional bagpiper and served a few drams from Tomintoul
Whisky provided by Angus Dundee Distillers, and canapés were
served by kilted waiters while guests were entertained by a live
traditional ceilidh band.
Twenty per cent of the evening's sales were donated by Brooks
Brothers to its nominated charity, ORCHID – which offers support
services, education and awareness campaigns to fight male
cancer. As well as the proceeds of the evening's sales, raffle
tickets were also sold in aid of ORCHID, with prizes such as a
luxury Scottish break for two, a Brooks Brothers Harris tweed
jacket and other luxury Brooks Brothers Scottish garments.
Famed for a number of firsts, Brooks Brothers has introduced
many pieces such as Ready-to-Wear clothing and the iconic Polo
Button-Down Shirt to America, which are now a staple in the
addition to the ‘ready-to-wear' suit, the company is also
credited with the introduction of the Wash-and-Wear Shirts
(first made in the 1950s using a blend of Dacron, polyester, and
cotton called "Brooksweave"), and the much loved Non-iron Cotton
Dress Shirts, made from 100% cotton, thanks to its innovative
development of technology. The button-down dress shirt collar
was developed by founder Henry Sands Brooks' grandson John E.
after he saw the non-flapping collars on English polo players at
a polo match in England.
Brooks Brothers also supplied clothes for the television show,
Mad Men. Chuck Bass and Nate Archibald, characters on hit teen
drama Gossip Girl, as well many of the Glee characters, all
frequently wear clothes from Brooks Brothers.
About Textiles Scotland
was established by the Scottish Textile Industry Association
(STIA) to increase awareness of the scope and scale of
businesses involved in the Scottish textiles and fashion
industry. This brand has been created to represent Scottish
interests at international events and provide a single point of
contact for the industry.
Textiles Scotland holds regular forums on industry issues and
opportunities that help to determine its future.
About Brooks Brothers
Founded in 1818,
Brooks Brothers has a heritage deeply rooted in American
history. As the country's longest-established clothing retailer,
Brooks Brothers has played a definitive role in shaping American
Style for nearly two centuries. In addition, Brooks
Brothers is passionate about the quality and value found in our
"Own Make" products, and is proud to manufacture our ties in New
York, shirts in North Carolina and suiting at Southwick in
is the only UK registered cancer charity to focus entirely on
the male-specific cancers: prostate, penile and testicular. The
charity offers support and information to people affected by
male cancer through a range of support services, education and
awareness campaigns and Orchid funds an innovative and
cutting-edge world class research programme. Over 37,000 men
will be diagnosed with a male-specific cancer this year.
Orchid, registered in England with the Charity Commission No.
1080540. Company registered in England No. 3963360. St
Bartholomew's Hospital, London EC1A 7BE
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