Welcome to our 75th Anniversary Celebration
Since 1938, our mission has been not simply to sell clothes, but to help the American man discover the sartorial confidence to express himself. As we mark our Anniversary, we are pleased to welcome you to this website, where we trust you will enjoy our singularly stylish stroll down memory lane.

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1938: Ralph Ostrove establishes Paul Stuart on 45th Street, just in from Madison Avenue. Ostrove names the store for his seven-year-old son, Paul Stuart Ostrove.
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1952: Clifford Grodd & Paul Stuart Ralph Ostrove’s son-in-law, Clifford Grodd joins the company. He will play a key role in taking Paul Stuart from an Ivy League men’s store to a leading exponent of classic Anglo-American style.
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1955: Paul Stuart Ostrove The namesake of the company, Paul Stuart Ostrove, joins his father in the family business.

Starting out as a shirt and tie salesman in 1955, Mr. Ostrove, in various roles as Co-Owner, Executive Vice President, and head of merchandising, would be an integral part of the company for the next 49 years.

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1958: Grodd becomes President of Paul Stuart ...a position he will hold for 52 years.
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1959: Cary Grant Grodd visits the Plaza Hotel to help wardrobe Cary Grant, who is living there while filming North by Northwest
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1962: Titans of American Style By this time style icons such as President Kennedy and Frank Sinatra become regular customers. Jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Billy Taylor are regular habitués.
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1968: Expansion Paul Stuart expands the flagship store to its current space. At 60,000 square feet it is 10 times larger than the original store and wraps from the corner of Madison Avenue to half way down 45th Street.

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1971: Man on the Fence The company logo, a young man sitting on a split-rail fence, appears for the first time in an advertisement. A copywriter’s invention, it is meant to express the store’s specialty Ivy League style.
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1975: Private Label Paul Stuart tailored clothing goes completely private label, the capstone of the company’s ambition to define contemporary men’s wear on its own terms.
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1978: East meets West Paul Stuart becomes the second American men’s wear retailer to establish itself in Japan.
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1981: Ralph Ostrove passes away In its obituary, the New York Times states that Ostrove “made the Paul Stuart store one of the city’s most popular outlets for men’s clothing in what is regarded as the subdued classic or understated traditional style.”

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1981: Paul Stuart Japan Paul Stuart Japan opens two stores in Tokyo, one in Aoyama and one in Ginza, the city’s most exclusive retail districts.
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1982: Tootsie Dustin Hoffman wears a Paul Stuart suit in the blockbuster hit Tootsie.
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1987: Baby Boom Paul Stuart supplies Diane Keaton’s clothes for the comedy Baby Boom
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1987: Spring/Summer Catalog Our Spring/Summer catalog from 1987, page 8.
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1988: Paul Stuart turns 50 Paul Stuart marks its 50th anniversary. On March 11 of that year, Grodd succinctly defines the house style to the New York Times: “Its heritage is English, its viewpoint American, and altogether it represents the very best kind of eclecticism.”

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1989: In the News Robin Williams wears the company’s sport jackets and slacks in the Academy Award nominated film The Dead Poets Society, and Sean Connery appears on the cover of the July issue of GQ in a Paul Stuart white dinner jacket.

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1990: The King of Tradition DNR columnist Clara Hancox dubs Paul Stuart “the King of Tradition.”
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1993: Clinton/Gore Inauguration Bill Clinton and Al Gore wear Paul Stuart ties at their inauguration.
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1993: The Firm Paul Stuart provides most of the tailored clothing in The Firm.
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1995: Paul Stuart in Chicago Paul Stuart opens its first Chicago store, in the John Hancock Center on Michigan Avenue. The 27,000 square-foot space boasts a striking spiral staircase, and a modern, classic design that would become indicative of Paul Stuart’s presence in Chicago. Mayor Richard M. Daley attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, seen here with with Paul Ostrove (left) and Clifford Grodd (right).
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1998: In the News Anthony Hopkins wears Paul Stuart suits in the stylish film Meet Joe Black.

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2001: On Broadway Tony Award winner Nathan Lane wears our classic velvet Smoking Jacket in the Broadway hit The Producers.

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2004: Paul Stuart Ostrove passes away In its obituary, The New York Times refers to him as “suavely presiding over the selling floor of the Madison Avenue clothing store that was named for him…”

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2007: Phineas Cole Paul Stuart introduces the Phineas Cole line, its first (and only) brand extension to date.

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2008: The Townhouse, Chicago Paul Stuart relocates the Chicago store to an entire brownstone on Oak Street. The modern, yet intimate new space was dubbed “The Townhouse”. An interview on the new space by VMSD magazine discussed the process with the stores architectural firm Charles Sparks + Co, “According to Sparks, Paul Stuart president and CEO Clifford Grodd started the process by laying a piece of rich, woven fabric on a table and saying, “I want the store to look like this.” “He was challenging us to create a stylish, artful, aspirational space that supported and enhanced the 70-year-old fashion brand.”

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2010: Clifford Grodd passes away In its obituary, Women’s Wear Daily calls him “a men’s wear icon and top-notch merchant.” “I’ve known Cliff my entire career,” Ralph Lauren tells WWD. “He was instrumental to building one of the most respected brands. He was a great leader in our industry.”

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2010: Michael Ostrove, CEO Michael Ostrove, the grandson of Ralph Ostrove and son of Paul Stuart Ostrove, takes over as CEO of Paul Stuart.
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2011: LaSalle Street, Chicago A second store is opened in heart of Chicago’s business district on LaSalle Street.

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2012: Mad for Plaid Paul Stuart creates a creative conduit between its venerable window displays and the internet by inviting menswear bloggers and editors to style windows and participate in a series of videos shared via social media.
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2012: Paul Stuart Custom Paul Stuart Custom bows
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2012: John Pizzarelli Paul Stuart begins to wardrobe Jazz legend John Pizzarelli.
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2012: In the News Paul Stuart is named one of the top retailers in the nation by GQ, and one of the leading luxury stores on Madison Avenue by Departures magazine.
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2012: Father’s Day Windows Father's Day windows on display throughout June 2012 at Paul Stuart's flagship store on Madison Avenue.
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2013: 75 Years Paul Stuart marks its 75th anniversary
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