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Real People: Keeping the Basics Interesting

January 21, 2021

Real People: Keeping The Basics Interesting

In a clip on her Netflix series “Pretend It’s a City,” writer (and proud Anderson and Sheppard customer) Fran Lebowitz is…

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Hood-Cost Analysis: Hooded Sweatshirt Roundup

December 18, 2020

Hood-Cost Analysis: Hooded Sweatshirt Roundup

Derek wrote a great post this week about different approaches to our new normal of dressing — balancing comfort and…

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What It Feels Like to Try Something On: I Miss Shopping

December 11, 2020

What It Feels Like To Try Something On: I Miss Shopping

Men don’t often like to admit we enjoy shopping. Our reluctance is one of the reasons many men’s stores soft…

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Counterculture and Corduroy: Late 60s Campus Style in Getting Straight

November 12, 2020

Counterculture And Corduroy: Late 60s Campus Style In Getting Straight

What we call Ivy style — trim but natural shouldered tailoring, no-break flat-front khakis, OCBDs, shetland sweaters, loafers, etc. —…

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It's on Sale: Brooks Brothers OCBDs for $69

November 3, 2020

It’s On Sale: Brooks Brothers OCBDs For $69

Nice. I’m not going to parse this one for meaning, just relay it: Brooks Brothers’ oxfords, which are quite nice…

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Pandemic-Era Dressing Putting the Squeeze on Wool Supply Chain

October 15, 2020

Pandemic-Era Dressing Putting The Squeeze On Wool Supply Chain

A vacant storefront where there used to be a Men’s Wearhouse, Brooks Brothers, or J. Crew will be the most…

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Comfort Zone: My Favorite Clothes This Fall Are Vintage, and Vintage Me

October 13, 2020

Comfort Zone: My Favorite Clothes This Fall Are Vintage, And Vintage Me

For a guy with a closet full of clothes that call back to college campuses 60 years ago, I’m relatively…

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Taking Ivy: Kamakura Shirts Closing U.S. Store

September 14, 2020

Taking Ivy: Kamakura Shirts Closing U.S. Store

Japan-based shirtmaker Kamakura Shirts, a cult favorite among Ivy-style fans, has announced that its New York store and American webstore…

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Century 21 in Bankruptcy, Plans to Close Stores

September 10, 2020

Century 21 In Bankruptcy, Plans To Close Stores

An insider’s favorite discount chain, Century 21, announced today they are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close all…

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Mesh and Friends: Athletic Shorts for Everyday Wear

September 3, 2020

Mesh And Friends: Athletic Shorts For Everyday Wear

The line between what I find unacceptably sloppy and appealingly casual is not a straight line. It’s winding and blurry;…

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The Next Brooks Brothers Sale? Same Group That Bought Barneys Bidding for Brooks

August 13, 2020

The Next Brooks Brothers Sale? Same Group That Bought Barneys Bidding For Brooks

Brooks Brothers may have a future, but it’s likely not OCBDs and Aldens in every mall in America. The past…

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Checkered Flags and Herringbone Jackets: Style in Grand Prix (1966)

July 24, 2020

Checkered Flags And Herringbone Jackets: Style In Grand Prix (1966)

The plot of Grand Prix is not the point of this post, and frankly wasn’t the point of the movie….

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Rancourt Takes a Creative Approach to Pandemic-Era Sales

June 29, 2020

Rancourt Takes A Creative Approach To Pandemic-Era Sales

It took only weeks of shoppers staying home due to coronavirus-related restrictions and concerns to tip some retail stores into…

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The Roots and Perception of Police Uniforms

June 20, 2020

The Roots And Perception Of Police Uniforms

In 1974, psychologist Leonard Bickman conducted a behavioral study in Brooklyn. He wanted to test the social power of uniforms….

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Post-Prep Prepping: Alternatives for a World without J. Crew

May 22, 2020

Post-Prep Prepping: Alternatives For A World Without J. Crew

It’s been weeks since J. Crew declared bankruptcy. We’ve been eulogizing J. Crew intensely and eloquently, and having a good…

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