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Dress Code via NYT

November 13, 2009

David Colman of the New York Times had a good piece in yesterday’s paper.  Coleman discusses 19th century influence on today’s menswear and interiors, and its increasing popularity.  It’s definitely clear that people’s, especially men’s, personal style is taking a sharp turn towards what’s considered classic or traditional.  Using similar buzz words like quality or authentic to describe their wears.  I for one subscribe to most of this stuff, but its rise to popularity has obvious pros and cons.  All cons aside, I’m really happy to see this influence resurrect several U.S. outfitters that have fallen off the radar over the years.  Companies such  as L.L. Bean, Filson, Red Wing, Alden, Wolverine, Allen Edmonds, the list continues.  All of these guys have been in business for a long time and know who they are, they know and understand their product, which in many cases hasn’t changed.  For one reason or another, brands such as these haven’t experienced such volume in years, still serving the loyal customer base that’s stuck by their side.

I’ve long been an advocate of the old styles, fabrics and atmospheres Colman discusses in his article.  I don’t anticipate any shift in my personal preferences despite any mainstream alterations that may occur.  The same shirts, suits, and boots I’ve worn for the last ten years, I plan on wearing for the next ten.  However what I will do is take advantage of the accessibility of brands that were once considered rare or hard to find, and build a closet that full of good stuff deep-rooted in all things past.

Read David Colman’s full article here.

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