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March 23, 2010

JFK and Fenn-Feinstein, 1961

JFK and Ribicoff, 1960*

"Officials at Frank Brothers Fenn-Feinstein aren't talking but from our Washington sources we hear the New Haven clothing firm is now making all of President John Kennedy's suits after he dumped his previous tailor for cashing in on the publicity. We understand the president chose the New Haven establishment after admiring the attire of Health, Education & Welfare Sec. Abraham Ribicoff who has been a Fenn-Feinstein customer for years. The president's brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, is also an F-F steady..."


Sunday Herald (Bridgeport, Connecticut), Stamford edition, "Night and Day in New Haven" column - 5/7/61

*Obviously before JFK wore Fenn-Feinstein (if he ever did, that is; I've never seen any other reference to JFK having suits made by Fenn-Feinstein).

Images from Google's LIFE image archive

1 comment:

Old School said...

For those youngsters among us who don't know who Abe Ribicoff was:

Abraham Alexander Ribicoff
(April 9, 1910 – February 22, 1998) was an American Democratic Party politician. He served in the United States Congress, as the 80th Governor of Connecticut and as President John F. Kennedy's Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. He was Connecticut's first and to date only Jewish governor.