"Tuxedo" – adopted by people rich and poor as the sartorial
symbol of Celebration, Good Times and Special Occasions. Designated by the motion
picture industry to signify High Society, class and elegance, and even a sign
of hope for better days during the Great Depression of the Thirties. Defined
by tastemakers and standardbearers as the appropriate garb for those events
in an individual's life when only a tradition of elegance will do. America,
land of innovation, is where formalwear became a bit less formal, and a lot
year: 1896. The place: Tuxedo Park, New York. The patron: Griswold Lorillard.
For the prior 70 years, formalwear meant white tie and tails. But Griswold changed
all that with his innovation. A dinner jacket sans-tails! More comfortable,
less to wear, easier to dance. And the rest is history . . .
Since then, innovation has carried Griswold's tuxedo from a single-breasted
peak lapel style to many other styles including the ever appropriate notch lapel,
the single-breasted shawl collar, the double breasted shawl colllar and the
double breasted peak lapel.
a century later, 20 miles south of Tuxedo NY, the Baby Tuxedo was born.
The year: 1980. The place: Hoboken, New Jersey.