During the heyday of ivy league style you would be able to find a menswear store or “university” shop in every college town. The university shop provided all the staples that young college men of the time would need such as blazers, grey flannel trousers, shetland sweaters, and loafers. Often these staples could be found in the college bookstore such as the famous Harvard Co-op. Some of these stores offered their own signature line alongside of clothes made specifically for their shop by major brands of the day and even Brooks Brothers had a “university shop.” .
The majority of these establishments no longer exist while others are shells of their former selves. This post is a tribute to the once great university store and the college co-ops. Other than fond memories rekindled by men who shopped and managed these stores the labels may be all that we have to remember them by.
Brooks Brothers University Shop
Harvard Cooperative Society
The Yale Co-op
The Princeton University Store
Georgetown University Shop
Williams College Co-op