Sellers of men’s clothing included gents’ furnishings stores and merchant tailors. Dressmakers made custom frocks for women (many worked out of their homes). Sewers might purchase fabric and notions—or ready-to-wear clothing—at a dry goods store. General clothing stores and department stores sold clothing items for men, women, and/or children.
Gent’s Furnishings- H. Kositchek & Bros. Henry Kositchek came to the United States from his native Bohemia while still in his teens. He settled in the growing mill town of Eaton Rapids, where he opened a store selling dry goods and millinery. Three brothers—Max, Jacob and Adolph—followed Kositchek to Michigan and joined him in business.
Gents’ Furnishings Display In 1889 Henry opened a men’s clothing store, H. Kositchek & Bros., in Lansing. The business operates today at the same address as in 1897: 113 N. Washington Avenue. – Michigan Historical Museum
Noun 1. gent’s (men’s) furnishings – the drygoods sold by a haberdasher – haberdashery drygoods, soft goods – textiles or clothing and related merchandise – The Free Dictionary