Sartor Resartus

At Brooks Brothers, Manhattan clothiers to men, there are things that one seldom hears mentioned. One of them is vests; Brooks Brothers calls them waistcoats. Another is ties; they're scarves. Still another is profits; they're vulgar.

But the one thing that nobody ever expected to hear at Brooks Brothers was heard last week. After 129 years in the Brooks family, the firm had been sold. The buyer: Julius Garfinckel & Co., Inc., Washington's top men's and women's specialty shop.

With characteristic reluctance to make unseemly details public, Brooks Brothers' President Winthrop Holly Brooks, fourth of the line, would discuss neither the...

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