GOODBYE, EAGLE CLOTHES

by Kevin Walsh

Breaking ForgottenNews:

The giant Eagle Clothes sign, a hallmark of the west Brooklyn skyline, is being dismantled so that a couple of more floors can be built on its parent building at 3rd Avenue and 6th Street, now a U-Haul distributorship. According to U-Haul, parts of the sign will be reinstalled on the building when the extra two floors are completed.

 

From FNY’s neon billboards page

Eagle was one of the many haberdasheries that succumbed to more casual living during the Swingin’ Sixties. As more men began to eschew suits, jackets and ties during all but strict business hours, clothing manufacturers had to adapt or die.

One by one, Weber & Heilbroner, Rogers Peet, Robert Hall all succumbed. Many of their ads can still be found too, in faded ads on buildings in and surrounding Manhattan’s Garment District. The biggest remnant of the era when all men wore hats is right here by the Gowanus Canal.

Casual dress for work reached its apogee in the late 1990s with the rise of tech dot.com companies, but since those have collapsed and there’s more of an emphasis on traditional business, maybe there will again be a need for companies like Eagle Clothes as people wear suits to work again. Then again, maybe not…

And now the sign says a last farewell.

7/24/13

 

4 comments

Anthony Prego November 24, 2015 - 2:42 pm

I have fond memories of that sign as my Grandfather used to work for Eagle Clothes. My mother used to take me down there to wait for my grandfather to get out of work then we would go home.

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Duane E Patterson October 29, 2018 - 1:06 am

Rod Sterling’s suits he wore on Twilight Zone were made by Eagle Clothes.

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Roccotool May 22, 2017 - 10:50 pm

Actors wore Eagle Clothes in the Twilight Zone episodes.

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Javier Erazo June 14, 2019 - 2:44 am

True, its 3: 36 A.M. I just watched an episode of “Twilight Zone ” ” In the praise of Pip” and at the end of the episode it shows: ” Mr Serling’ s Wardrobe by…Eagle Clothes..

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