NEW YORK — The brothers McLaughlin, Jay and Kevin, have broad Irish faces, thick, sandy-colored hair and dress in the country club style that’s popular in upscale enclaves such as Greenwich, Conn. They’re actually from Queens, but no matter. Their style was predetermined by DNA. Their mother, an antiques dealer, was preppy to the hilt and her sons took up the cause.

So much so, that in 1977, they opened J. McLaughlin at 1343 Third Avenue. Today, the 19-unit chain has cornered the market on Ivy League chic, with stores in every major bastion of old money that comes to mind.

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