WHO WE ARE
Jack and Harry
Jim and Ken
Rothmans is a unique family owned and operated men's clothing store with shops in NYC, Scarsdale, and now, "harry" in Bronxville. We are one of the largest independent, men's multi- brand stores in the country. Our top suppliers know that they have to earn our business every time. We like to think of our inventory as a “moveable feast,” punctuated by in-store pop-up shops and constant change. With 11,000 square feet of menswear in NYC and another 4,000 square feet in Scarsdale, we always try to make your visit efficient, fun, and rewarding. We were recently named by MR Magazine (the leading trade magazine in the menswear industry) as Readers Choice “Top Men’s Clothing Store” in the country. In a retail landscape populated by chains and big brands, there are still a few of us out there that work it “old school.” Owners Jim Giddon and Ken Giddon insist upon exceptional customer service, and at most times, you can find them on the selling floor. Along with the buying team, Jim and Ken work to find the “best of the best” in men’s clothing, sportswear, shoes and accessories in terms of style AND value.
We never forget our history. Harry Rothman was a retail legend. Forced to go to work at age 12 because of the untimely death of his father, eldest son Harry started with a pushcart on Delancey Street in 1914. In 1926 he started Harry Rothman’s in a tiny shop on East Broadway. Over the next 60 years he built one of the country’s foremost discount clothing stores at Fifth Avenue and 18th St. He was the first to buy excess merchandise from top manufacturers at discount prices.
His discounting model has been replicated so often over the years that nobody remembers who created it. We do. Harry was the man. When he passed away in 1985 and the store closed its doors, he was remembered fondly as a generous and philanthropic man, a giant in the retail industry.
Harry’s grandson, Ken Giddon was trading bonds in Boston and about to head to MIT’s Sloan School of Business. His parents asked that he forego a summer trip to Europe and instead help liquidate his ailing grandfather’s clothing store. As Ken closed up the store, he saw potential in launching a new version of Rothmans. After being closed for almost one year, Ken opened Rothman’s Union Square in 1986, and was soon joined by his younger brother, Jim. The store began as an upscale discounter, and over the years has evolved into a very different operation. An additional location was opened in Scarsdale in 2003, which host Lubins as a sub-tenant, the legendary (and incredibly popular) store for boys clothing. Today, with the new 11,000 square feet flagship at 18th St and Park, we do believe that Rothmans is one of the finest menswear stores in the country.
We hope that Harry would be proud, and yet we know that he would tell us not to get “too full of ourselves. ” His business survived several wars and many social, economic and political upheavals by being flexible and always giving value to the customer. We remember that, and his other constant reminder to the team, “Have a sense of humor about this business. We ain’t curing any sick people, we are just selling pants.”