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Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers
Mon-Wed and Fri, 8:30am-7pm; Thu, 8:30am-8pm; Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm
Nearby Subway Stops
1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.
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Since its beginnings as a nineteenth-century New York City haberdashery, this brand has grown into an international chain that’s managed to be a popular choice for movie stars and presidents alike. In 2007, the retailer entered a new era with the debut of the more modern Black Fleece line by guest designer Thom Browne. His jackets, trousers, and outerwear—in fabrics like tweed and cashmere—exhibit a slimmer silhouette and sport touches like hand stitching, fur-trim, embroidery, and covered buttons. Shirts and suits can be made to measure; for the house brand, alterations can be made in the store. Though men’s clothing is the major stock-in-trade here, Brooks Brothers also sells business-appropriate wool skirts, oxford blouses, and suit separates for women and an abridged version of the men’s collection for boys.
This perennial American favorite simplifies tux-buying by offering four styles: notch, shawl, double-breasted, and peak lapel. There’s a host of preppy blazers and slacks for less formal weddings; in the fall, look for a special exclusive in-store line by impeccable designer Thom Browne. Alterations can be ready in three to four days.