Going to work for his father in 1963, Briggs learned the trade and perfected his craft eagerly. After Sr. died, Jr. took over the store and worked hard to keep up with the changing times while improving on the legacy of his father. He updated his merchandise to appeal to a new generation of men, often the sons and grandsons of customers of Briggs Sr. Over the years, Briggs has been vigilant in maintaining quality while finding a balance between traditional and updated merchandise; this and his knowledge of clothing have earned him a shining reputation in the industry.
Briggs A. Doherty Sr. opened the venerable Providence haberdashery Briggs, Ltd in 1941. Wanting to dress the businessman, Doherty carried suits, custom clothing and furnishings. With him was a team of tailors able to fit his customer’s clothing to their individual liking, Doherty became the leading haberdasher in the area in no time. More than 50 years later, the store was the only fine men’s clothing store still in existence in a city once home to at least two dozen men’s stores. This was due in large part to Doherty’s son, Briggs, Jr.
Recently Briggs expanded his reach and opened an office in Chicago. Now in addition to consulting, Doherty has begun Briggs & Co. Custom clothiers on call, catering to businessmen and women who want to buy custom clothing, but don’t have the time to visit a retailer.
He aims to bring his experience and expertise along with his swatches and tape measure to offices and provide for his customers the finest with knowledge and passion for clothing, a real understanding of fit and construction, and an outstanding color sense; Doherty works to be the best and many say he already is.