In 1972, Lafayette Briggs arrived back at his hometown worn out from life on the road. As a respected men's clothing rep, Lafayette knew he could bring to Clarksville what it had been missing— a reputable men's clothing store built upon values of quality, excellence, and service. And so he did.
After his passing in the 90's, Lafayette's son, Ernie Briggs, continued what was his father's vision and led Briggs Clothiers under the philosophy that our family is your family. Mr. Ernie runs his store with the same amount of attention to his business and customers today as when he began. As a true clothier, you won't find anyone more reliable than he in craft or character.
Our business is a family business. Tommy, Ernie's Uncle, has been with us since the store's opening and has seen us through the business's many seasons of life. Brandon, Ernie's Son-in-law, joined our staff three years ago. Growing up around fabric since his father works as an upholsterer, the transition into clothing has been a custom fit for our store.
Yes, we are a business. But at the end of each work day, we are simply just a family. We eat together. We pray together. And we are sewn together. We all just happen to work together.
As it is with our family, it is also so with you. We are indeed about fashion and quality but we realized long ago these characteristics are not eternal. We’re more interested in building relationships that last for a lifetime. We’re here to show you the proper wear of your first tuxedo on the evening of your senior prom. And then we’re here to show it to you once again on the day of your wedding. We’ll celebrate life’s many blessings and good days with you. And then we’ll offer you our ear and handkerchief on the not-so-good ones. We hope to be there through it all.
We invite you to come in, take off your hat and coat and make yourself home at Briggs—where our family is your family.