Ties of a Different Stripe
With the introduction of the reverse-stripe rep tie in 1902, we continued our tradition of being untraditional.With the introduction of the reverse-stripe rep tie in 1902, we continued our tradition of being untraditional.
Defying convention is in the fabric of our brand. Take, for example, one of our most popular and enduring style innovations: the striped rep tie.
Its origins stem from the UK’s regimental stripe ties of the turn of the twentieth century. The stripes were angled from left to right, or from “heart to sword,” in a nod to their fighting roots. As social clubs and boarding schools adopted the trend, the look was increasingly fashionable among civilians.
The Democratization of an Icon
Brooks Brothers decided to open the style to every man—to Americanize it, you could say—and we boldly separated form from meaning by inverting the direction of the stripes, to instead go from right to left. This act of fashion rebellion gave birth to a new style icon.
The striped rep tie has been a favorite of everyone from U.S. presidents to pop-art stars. Today, its fan base is as varied as the accessory itself, extending beyond the military and the Ivy League elite to the businessman in search of the perfect statement piece to wear in the boardroom.