200 Years of American Style: The Exhibition Arrives in NYC

Continuing Brooks’ celebration as America’s oldest retailer, we’re pleased to present a special retrospective exhibition in Vanderbilt Hall in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal from August 6 through September 5, 2018. “200 Years of American Style” debuted in Florence, Italy, where it was shown at the historic Palazzo Vecchio during the Pitti Immagine Uomo 93 fashion show; from there it traveled to Shanghai, China. Now we are pleased to bring the collection to our home in New York City.

Join us and discover the evolution of American fashion with a curated selection of men’s and women’s fashion and artifacts from our historic archives spanning the past two centuries. Learn about our inventions and innovations, such as the ready-made suit, the Original Polo® Button-Down Oxford, the reverse-stripe rep tie, the polo coat and more sporting apparel later adapted for daily life, as well as the indelible impact they’ve had on the fashion industry. The exhibition will also explore themes and era-defining moments such as the roaring twenties, mid-century Madison Avenue, our lasting effect on college campuses and our unique distinction of having outfitted 40 out of 45 U.S. presidents.

Merging old with new, standing in the center of the exhibition is an 18-foot video sculpture shaped like our signature Golden Fleece logo. One hundred LED screens guide you through a visual journey of our history, from our founding in 1818 on the northeast corner of New York’s Catherine and Cherry streets to the Hollywood legends, artists and politicians we’ve outfitted through the years.

It’s more than an exhibition, though: Check out our pop-up shop and explore our line of commemorative, limited-edition products created to celebrate the milestone 200th anniversary. Pick up a tie, a pocket square, special gift items and more—and own a part of history.

Presented in partnership with Citi, “200 Years of American Style” is open daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and admission is free.