Mitchells / Richards / Marshs

Ed and Norma Mitchell founded the company in 1958 with three men’s suits, a coffee pot and a dream…

The heart of their extraordinary vision was to “hug” the customer… to enhance and add value to the retail experience by offering unsurpassed service, a uniquely warm environment, to give back to their communities and to build trusting relationships with customers and friends that would last throughout generations.

The first location of the original “Ed Mitchells” was an 800 sq. ft. former plumbing supply store in Westport, CT. Norma famously brought in her coffee pot each day to make the customers feel at home. For over 50 years, the family has strived to carry on that spirit and tradition. Today, they offer lattes, M&M’s, have a dedicated “Kiddie Corner” and much more… they try to do her proud!

Mitchells is still independent, family-owned and operated by a second and third generation of Mitchells, and has grown over the years to 25,000 sq. ft. They have also expanded the dream into other communities. In 1995, they acquired Richards of Greenwich, a renowned 8,000 sq. ft. luxury men’s retailer, which they have expanded to include a women’s department, now 27,000 sq. ft and the winner of numerous retail space design awards. In 2005, they acquired Marshs of Huntington, a 15,000 sq. ft. men’s store, which has been renovated inside and out with the additions of women’s ready-to-wear, accessories and jewelry.

Most recently in December of 2009, they added the Wilkes Bashford stores of San Francisco and Palo Alto to their portfolio. Wilkes Bashford, founded in 1966 by the retail icon of the same name, is the Bay Area’s most renowned luxury retailer. With this exciting acquisition, they have formed an entity called “The Mitchells Family of Stores,” committed to offering products of the highest quality and an unsurpassed level of service.