Brooks Brothers and Golf
Established in 1818, Brooks Brothers, America’s oldest clothing retailer, is the official clothier of St Andrews Links.
This co-branded collection of men’s and women’s sportswear and accessories is designed to meet the needs of today’s ladies and gentleman, with products that will stand up to the requirements of the toughest on-course challenges, yet move seamlessly into the clubhouse and beyond.
Brooks Brothers, who value tradition and has an unrivalled heritage within their brand, truly value St Andrews Links’ unparalled history in the world of golf, and the collaboration makes for a winning combination. Brooks Brothers also has a long history with the world of golf, having created its first golf collection in 1890.
No stranger to the Golf world, Brooks Brothers has been outfitting golfers for over 120 years. It began in 1890 with a line of “cardigan waistcoats for golf”.
In the early 1900s, Brooks Brothers sought to make the rules, courses, equipment, customs and charms of the sport more accessible to a wider audience though the publication of three pocket-sized books on the sport: The Links Book, published 1900; The Peripatetic Hazard, published 1921; and A Book of Matches, published 1922. In 1995, Brooks Brothers republished A Book of Matches in conjunction with Pinehurst to celebrate the famed resort’s centenary.
In a 1901 catalog, Brooks Brothers listed no fewer than 21 “necessities” every golfer should have; including knickerbockers and “Negligee” shirts (a quainter term for today’s Original Polo Button-Down). Every one of these necessities were available for purchase at the company’s New York store, then located at Broadway and 22nd Street.
Brooks Brothers currently operates with close to 300 stores globally; the United States, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Chile, Dubai, Korea and India.
Brooks Brothers has a longstanding connection with Scotland and have historically sourced tweeds, knitwear, and cashmeres from mills in Hawick, Kelso, Selkirk and the Shetland Isles, and finally opened the doors to a beautiful store; their first store in Scotland, in 2007 on 57 George Street in Edinburgh.
The Brooks Brothers Legacy
Synonymous with the classic IVY League, all-American style, Brooks Brothers’ design innovation has brought them legions of fans amoung the centuries best dressed men and women; Clarke Gable, Cary Grant, the Duke of Windsor, J.P.Morgan, Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Aston Kutcher, Greta Garbo, and every US President since Abraham Lincoln. Katherine Hepburn, one of the first Hollywood starlets to don trousers, headed to Brooks Brothers for her tailoring, and generations of Astors, Goulds, Vanderbilts and Rockerfellers have all shopped at Brooks Brothers.
Brooks Brothers has long been an innovator and was the first company to introduce ready-to-wear clothing in America and has continued through out history with iconic product introductions including: seersucker, madras, the non-iron shirt and the original button down collar. Nearly two centuries later Brooks Brothers is proud to uphold the same traditions and values and the be the destination for ladies and gentlemen from every generation. Since its founding 195 years ago in New York City, Brooks Brothers has become a legendary international retailer while maintaining a steadfast commitment to exceptional service, quality, style and value.