Great nyc men's shops of the past - Page 6
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Dear Arvi, what a delightful bit of nostalgia you brought to mind with your entry on men's shops of days gone by. The House Of Cromwell, Ltd, on the corner of 56th street and Lexington avenue was the delight of my days as a young man shopping in the largest 'candy-store in the world ', New York City. Thanks for bringing that back to mind once again. I often think back to that store as my reference point for excellent men's haberdashery. Hope all is going well with you. Mario
Does anyone recall or have any information on the New York City branch of Knize? E.g., location, years of operation, etc.?
My grandmother was a bookeeper there in the 1960's. I recall looking at its shop window on a Sunday. The window did not have terribly exciting stuff, but I was only a kid back then! To be charitable, my taste level has changed.
See my post in AAAC:
I visited Knize in Vienna in Oct.' 05. Upon seeing the
storefront indicating a New York branch, I asked when did
the New York store close? 1970. At the time I lived
in New York and I remember it having very understated
classical clothing, which I couldn't possible afford.
Their current RTW, at least as of two years ago,
has more flair but still in superb good taste.
This is a repeat. I hadn't realized that I had already answered this above.
For the last 25 years, I've worn a variety of collared shirts from The Custom Shop on 5th Avenue. They belonged to my father and have been the source of much good-natured thievery between my three sisters and myself. I wear one to sleep in almost every night and if one goes missing, I always know where to start looking.
All of the shirts have "RB" embroidered on the pocket, look good and feel great. I was searching online to see if the shop was still in business. I would have loved to buy some of these shirts for my husband, four sons and of course, for my darling sisters. It sounds like my great gift idea was a few years too late. It's too bad.
Thanks for the update.
H. Herzfeld on Madison Ave closed a year or two ago.
Arthur M Rosenberg branch of Ivy New Haven Tailor
had a shop in the 60s 70s mid town off Madison, near
Washington Tremlett- London Shirtmaker on 57th St (?)
Nussbaums on Main St Flushing closed in the 50s
Ber Ben in Jamaica- My uncle shopped there main stream
style a little on the sharp side.
D'Andrea Bothers Bespoke Tailors- Another Uncle had his clothes
made there. World Class bespoke:
Edited by comrade - 4/29/15 at 3:54pm
Glad to see someone mentioned Kaiser which was on sixth avenue between 8th and 9th streets (two doors down from Bigelow´s Pharmacy). Sad to have seen it go since it was there since at least the late 1930´s ( have a picture of it dated 1939) Had wonderful classic style suits and coats. Many people swore by thier shirts and ties as well. I remember that in the 60´s and 70´s My father would only shop for clothes in three locations, Kasier, Brooks Brothers and Ambercrombie and Fitch (before the change). Two fo those three no longer exist, how sad more men´s clothing!
I think you should add De Pinna which was on 5th and 52nd street. My grandfather was general manager there in the 50´s (then went on to Brooks Brothers and then to The Bon Marche in WA but that is another story...)