R Scott & Son Pakenham Gents Furnishing Dept.




“Photo from Found this in my basement and can’t recall how I came into possession of it.”  Photo thanks to Scott Newton


So what was Mens or Gents Furnishings? They used those words to describe men’s haberdashery or clothing and accessories. The early part of the 1900’s saw tremendous growth in the fashion industry. This was the time that men had a great selection of clothing at more affordable prices. Fashion was more accessible for every man and was no longer reserved for the elite.

Coats were worn on various occasions. In 1900’s fashion, men had different coats for different times of the day as well as for different events. In the winter months, men wore knee-length topcoats or overcoats that were calf-length. For outdoors and shooting, men wore the Norfolk jacket. It was made from heavy tweed and had box pleats over the chest and back. It also had a matching fabric belt.

For formal and semi-formal affairs in 1900’s fashion, a sack coat or lounge coat was worn. When dressing for dinner at home or at a gentleman’s club, a dinner jacket was worn. It was paired with a white shirt and dark tie. A high-buttoned, single breasted waistcoat was popular for formal day-wear with a cutaway morning coat.


Men wore trousers that were shorter in length than in previous years. Trousers had cuffs and were creased in the front and back. They were tighter fitting and tailored unlike the pants of the Victorian era.


Shirt collars in the 1900’s fashion were tall and stiff. For formal wear, collars were turned over and resembled wings. Most dress shirts were very stiff and had shirt studs. The shirts buttoned up in the back, not the front. Another popular shirt style for daily wear was a shirt with stripes.


Neckties were worn with dress shirts and could be any of the following 1900’s fashion styles:

  • A narrow four-in-hand tie was worn for everyday dress
  • Ascot ties were worn for formal dress during the day
  • White bow ties were worn for evening dress


Men’s undergarments in the 1900’s were being mass produced. The most popular of the time were tightly-fitting boxers.


Men did not have many pairs of shoes. For dress they often wore two-toned spectators. Laced up leather boots were also a common choice of footwear for both men and women of the 1900’s.

Pakenham Businesses:

Baxter M J Miss, dressmaker
Burrows J F, blacksmith
Christnlann L O, jeweler
Cowan William, shoemaker
Dack G A, propr Commercial Hotel
Dickson H H, grocer
Dickson J L, tinware
Dunnet B W, general store
Ellis .A.H, agricultural implement agent
Ellis G A, butcher
Francis J H, roller mill,
Francis & Brazeau, woolen mill
Gemmell E W, physician
Givens J, blacksmith
Grace P J, hotel
Graham. Alex, div court clerk
Graham Robert, carriagemaker
Halliday Wm, banker,
Harvey Augustine harnessmaker
Hudson William, confectioner
Lesage Alexander, boots & shoes
Lunney W J, harnessmaker
Jaynch John, cooper
1VIcClinton G, tanner
Mayne R H Mrs, grocery
Mayne & McVicar, livery
Murphy J E, physician
Pakenham Drug Co, C M Stewart, Manager
Quackenbush George, barber
Quigley J B, undertaker
Robertson J M, general store
Scott R & Son, general store
Sheehan J Mrs, hotel
Smith John, carriagemaker
Sproule Charles, blacksmith
Steen -L L Miss, milliner
Tait A H. tinsmith
Willoughby Isaac, tailor —from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer




Opened in 1894 as Welch’s Men’s Furnishings, the retailer filled the need for work shoes and repairs.

he drove full tilt at the short plump figure of Joe Zamschnick, men’s furnishings (“Just a Whisper Off The Square”).

Furniture sales served as a bright spot at the retailer, as well as outerwear, men’s furnishings and shoes.

The apparel program that is now moving into its fifth season has penetrated “a few hundred” upper-tier independent retailers of women’s apparel and men’s furnishings.

The romantic era” of men’s furnishings, as he calls it, featured high-waisted trousers, pocket squares, and jaunty hats (think Langston Hughes).

is a forum where group members dialogue about published works which focus on the brothers,” says Kirby, a men’s furnishings designer.

Friday – Meet designer Gene Meyer presenting his collection of men’s furnishings at noon at Bloomingdale’s, Century City Shopping Center.

I kept expecting an elevator door to open and a voice to call out, “Fifth floor, men’s furnishings.

Consumers will find extraordinary savings on the entire stock of famous brand ladies’ and men’s sportswear, active wear and outerwear, dress and casual shoes, intimate apparel, fashion accessories, fragrances, men’s furnishings, home decor and more.

Weiser joins Macy’s Home Store from Macy’s Merchandising Group-Federated’s private development arm-where he was group vice president of men’s furnishings, clothing and private brand classifications.

April 18 – Meet designer Gene Meyer presenting his collection of men’s furnishings at noon at Bloomingdale’s, Century City Shopping Center.

At Bergdorf she rose to become Buyer for Men’s Furnishings and Accessories in 2000.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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