Peck & Peck
Peck & Peck was a New York-based retailer of private label women's wear prominent on Fifth Avenue. Founded by Edgar Wallace Peck and his brother George H. Peck, it began in New York in 1888 as a hosiery store, with early location near Madison Square. At Edgar Peck's death, Time magazine reported that the brothers once had to pay rent every 24 hours to a distrusting landlord, but now had 19 stores. It grew to 78 stores across the United States.
Peck & Peck was purchased in the 1970s by the Minneapolis-based retailing company Salkin & Linoff and, through a combination of poor management and widely decentralized locations, the chain was basically shut down and sold off in pieces. Some specific store locations of the chain were sold by Salkin & Linoff in the mid/late 1980s to H.C. Prange Co. of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Peck & Peck was known for its classic clothes. Like Bonwit Teller and B. Altman and Company's post-World War II fashions, Peck & Peck personified and flourished in the pre-hippie era in New York when WASP fashion ruled stores and fashion magazines.
To writers like Joan Didion, Peck & Peck was descriptor and shorthand for a certain fashion look. Some say that Hillary Clinton has a Peck & Peck look. A store classic was the simple A-shaped dress.
- TIME article detailing retail stores that have failed on Fifth Avenue
- NYT Wedding Notice of Dorothy Peck, granddaughter of founder
- Search on Peck & Peck Trademark Registration
- Essay titled Fifth Avenue - The Best Address by Jerry E. Patterson
- "Milestones", Time, November 5, 1928
- Milestones Time magazine column noting Edgar Peck's 1928 death
- St. Louis Park Historical Society - Salkin and Linoff
- Book review on In The Place To Be by Guy Trebay. ISBN 1-56639-208-X
- Gadfly Online article detailing Peck & Peck's devotion to White Anglo-Saxon Protestants
- Essay titled On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion
- Jewish World Review article titled Hillary's Faithless by Sam Schulman
- 1990 Article on H.C. Prange Ownership
- Salkin & Linoff Bankruptcy, History
- Joint promotion with Capital Airlines
- Second Capital Airlines Joint Advertising Promotion
- Jim Peck, Lead Freedom Rider