Sunday, February 03, 2008

Fall of the House of Worsted-Tex

Ignore the lovely legs of Mary Tyler Moore striding by in the background and pay attention to the name of the menswear provider, which draped the likes of Gavin MacLeod and Ted Knight in spite of the notable handicap of having the most terrible brand name ever.

I don't know if it sounds more like a drunk Texan or just the most objectionable clothes in Texas.

[ From Spencer, who's blogging anew, don't you know ]


  1. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I know that it does sound terrible but actually it means they sell worsted wool clothing. I never did understand why it was called that and having had a formal textile education I still think it should be called bested wool. Oh well, no one asked me. It's actually high quality wool so the name implies they make better to bridge quality merchandise. This would be a good time for an etymology report me thinks.

  2. Anonymous9:12 PM

    This company also provided Jim Backus' wardrobe for the show "I Married Joan" (it appears in the end credits).

  3. Anonymous5:35 AM

    and The Odd Couple

  4. Anonymous9:09 PM

    Who weird, I am watching the Odd Couple and noticed the brand name also. I googled it and saw this entry. Thanks for the information!

    1. Yeah, I show up pretty soon on a Google search for this. That's what I get for being someone who remembers things, I guess. In any case, I'm glad to clarify why "worsted" isn't inherently bad, despite all appearances.

    2. Anonymous10:09 PM

      I've been getting into watching the old Mission: Impossible series and their wardrobe was also by Worsted-Tex. Not House of...Wonder why the change. Peter Graves always had some cool duds... LoL Like some of you...I just had to google the name.

  5. They did GOOD series like Burke's Law & Mission: Impossible. Why didn't you mention THEM???????????? Que lastima!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. My grandmother was a seamstress at the House of Worsted Text in Baltimore. They also made the navy blue jackets Danny Thomas wore on the Danny Thomas show. At the end of the show it started Sanny Thomas' jackets produced by the Housevof Worsted Text in Baltimore, Maryland.