This thread is for pictures and articles about the beloved old Brooks Brothers, before it was sold to Allied Stores in 1981. It's the Brooks that my wife always associates with my father-in-law -- traditional, elegant, and well-made clothes. The first image is from the December 1, 1945 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. Three tailors are sitting cross-legged, hand-sewing jackets. Those suits? Only $43 each, or the equivalent of $558 today. Why were dressing standards so high in the past? Part of it was that a man's sartorial education began as a boy: This is a picture not from Marinella but from Brooks. Hand-cut ties: Hand-sewn belts. Brooks also had sized socks to match your shoe and foot size. It even had a cane department that could make bespoke canes. What did Talleyrand once say? "He who has not lived in the years before the revolution cannot know what the sweetness of living is."