Clothing With Character: Brooks in BooksBrooks Brothers clothing is woven throughout the American literary landscape. The company’s clothes were featured in novels such as F. Scott FitzGerald’s debut, This Side of Paradise; Joseph Heller’s Catch-22; and, surprisingly, William Burroughs’ Junkie. Mary McCarthy’s popular story title said it all: “The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt.”

Brooks Brothers Repp-resent: Ties That Reverse TraditionWell before the twentieth century, British gentry sported silk ties featuring stripes running left to right (or heart to sword), which indicated the wearer’s club, school or regiment. In 1902, Brooks Brothers cheekily produced Repp ties with the stripes running right to left—creating an instant classic that has been a staple in American men’s wardrobes ever since.