New York has Brooks Brothers, New Haven has J. Press, and Philadelphia had Jacob Reed’s Sons. Closed since 1983, Jacob Reed’s Sons is long gone but far from forgotten [for example – here, here, and here]. I have heard many stories of this venerable institution over the years (to bad I did not write any of these stories down).
The firm published a small (40 page) pamphlet to commemorate their 100th anniversary in 1924. I was lucky enough to purchase this pamphlet about two years ago. I know I purchased it on eBay, but I don’t remember how much I paid. Now if I could only find a history of Miller/White!
Reed’s was my favorite store, though I never thought of myself as a preppy !
I spent three years working there while in college. I never made more than $100 per week but I earned yhe value of customer service.
I was gently guided out of there by the salesmen as a young grad student when I appeared in the store in jeans and a t-shirt. But I miss it.
Interesting article. That book was quite a find! I recently acquired a 1924 Jacob Reed’s Sons jacket. Beautiful details and a heavy salt & pepper whipcord fabric. Very fitted look brings to mind a chauffeur uniform.
Hello. I’ve had a Jacob Reed’s Sons black woolen Chesterfield top coat in my possession for about 30 years now. I’ve always been interested about its age and history. Can you advise me how to research it?
I reached into the closet this morning and pulled out a Haspel suit purchased from Jacob
Reed’s Sons, Philadelpia. Purchased when; I graduated from Wharton in ’59. Sam
Mr. Danziger – that is what I call quality clothing!
Old bow tie finally wore out. Removed the label to keep as a keepsake. Sad to it go and thanks for all the years of service!
I have a naval officer’s sword from them from the ~1890’s or so with their name on the hilt