Before he was a fashion icon, Harry Rothman began selling clothes out of a pushcart along New York's Lower East Side in 1914. By 1926, he founded Harry Rothman's, which became a household name in men's formal wear until it closed in 1985.
Ken Giddon, Rothman's grandson, moved from Boston to New York in 1986 to keep the family business alive. He started Rothmans in Manhattan's Union Square, at 11,000 square feet, is one of the largest men’s stores left in the country, then opened a smaller location in Scarsdale in 2003.
Over time, Giddon found that working men were shifting from suits and ties to business casual attire. He decided to open a concept store — the first of its kind in Bronxville — to adapt to the changing men's fashion industry and called it harry: A Rothmans Project to pay homage to his late grandfather.
"harry" strays from the Rothmans model of dress shirts and tuxedos; you can find designer jeans, light coats and graphic t-shirts. This is meant to be a fun store, something more laid back for the customer.