Originally Posted by lidprop
Rnoldh, thanks for conjuring up fond memories of Field Bros. in Brooklyn. On a trip back to my old neighborhood several months ago I was saddened to find that Field Bros. was gone. It was my father's clothing mecca and a real Brooklyn treasure.
Kings Highway has lost many of the fine stores that made it so unique. Alas, those days are gone.
I believe that that Field Bros. store closed around 15-20 years ago. Altschuller & Tarlow, one of Brooklyn's few custom shirtmakers, was up the street on Coney Island Avenue, and the owners have closed shop although they are carrying-on in Long Island.
Field Bros. was owned by Hartmarx (Hart Shaffner & Marx). Hartmarx owned other venues, such as Wallach's, Tripler's, and a whole host of quality retailers around the country. I believe that Hartmarx spun-off its retail division and that the new owners went bankrupt.
Kings Highway in Brooklyn had other good, mens stores. The same for Flatbush Avenue. (I'm thinking of Elkins where my father occasionally shopped.)
These neighborhood stores went out of business in the 1980's for a number of reasons, such as increasing casualization, changing neighborhoods, diminshed white collar population, and changing tastes. The net result has been the extinction of traditional mens clothiers in the boroughs outside of Manhattan.
Incidentally, the extinction of the local shops is the big reason for the fewer number of manufacturers in the USA. Yes, Hickey-Freeman survived the worst and is OK, but what about second and third tier makers, such as Augustus, which lost its retailers?
I believe that Jimmy's is the sole outpost of quality on Kings Highway, but it's more a fashion store which also has womens' clothes.