“When I put the blazer on, it was almost like this transformation happened.”
Growing up in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, Matt McGorry lived around the corner from a magic store and dreamed of becoming a magician. He attended magic camp and hung out with the old men at the corner deli learning sleights of hand. But it wasn’t until his parents gave him his first Brooks Brothers navy blue blazer at the age of nine that he felt he was ready to perform. “It was my first memory of really dressing up and feeling good about it,” he says. “When I put the blazer on, it was almost like this transformation happened.” The garment still resonates with the actor: “I don’t feel like a magician anymore when I put on a blazer, but I definitely feel complete.”
Birth of a Tradition: “Maker and Merchant in One”
On April 7, 1818, at the age of 45, Henry Sands Brooks opens H. & D.H. Brooks & Co. on the northeast corner of Catherine and Cherry Streets in Manhattan. The store is located in a fashionable neighborhood whose residents included the eminent Governor DeWitt Clinton.