Brooks Brothers is the oldest clothing retailer in the United States and was headquartered in Manhattan, New York City. Founded in 1818 as a family business, Brooks Brothers produces clothing for men, women and children, as well as home furnishings. Designer Zac Posen was the brand women's collection creative director from June 2014 until 2020. As a result of store closures and poor online sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2020. Brooks Brothers announced in August 2020 that it would be purchased by Authentic Brands Group and by SPARC Group LLC, a joint venture between Authentic Brands Group and Simon Property Group.