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Who Made That Strange Pixelated Camo?

March 22, 2019

Who Made That Strange Pixelated Camo?

The November 1995 issue of Esquire may be the first time desert night camouflage entered the publication’s style pages. In…

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Barbours in the Falklands

February 1, 2019

Barbours In The Falklands

What could possibly be more British than showing up to a colonial war in a Barbour jacket? As a brand…

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Caught by the Fuzz: A Brief History of Fleece

January 10, 2019

Caught By The Fuzz: A Brief History Of Fleece

Not long ago, synthetic fleece represented what men did not want in their clothing. It was as comfy, middle-aged, and…

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The Pilgrims: The Original Sadd Boys

November 20, 2018

The Pilgrims: The Original Sadd Boys

When I was in college, I bought a pair of chunky square toe shoes  (that were probably Prada knockoffs although…

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Kelly again, in a polo and jacket.

February 1, 2018

Inspiration: Cannes In The 60s And 70s

There’s little less glamorous than an East Coast winter, all road salt stains and cinder-flecked snow banks. I live in…

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Forgotten British Textile Labels

October 30, 2017

Forgotten British Textile Labels

We don’t write much about designer clothing, but this season’s Dries van Noten collection is pretty great. For this year’s…

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Women in Menswear, 1900

February 26, 2017

Women In Menswear, 1900

Mashable has a cool story about two Norwegian photographers and their gender bending experiments in the late 19th century. Between…

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Esquire, 1968: The Deplorables

February 2, 2017

Esquire, 1968: The Deplorables

Hillary Clinton wasn’t the first to use the word deplorable as a noun. Back in 1968, the editors at Esquire…

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Martin Luther King Jr., One Stylish Dude

January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr., One Stylish Dude

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The site American Rhetoric has recordings of Dr. King’s two most famous speeches – “I…

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The Madison Avenue Look (ca. 1953)

December 1, 2016

The Madison Avenue Look (ca. 1953)

“You will be seeking a new look, the Madison Avenue Look, which is essentially dun-colored and round-shouldered. Selecting jackets with…

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The Story Behind That “I Voted” Sticker

November 8, 2016

The Story Behind That “I Voted” Sticker

If you step outside today, or even open an internet browser, you’re likely to see an “I Voted” sticker. The tradition…

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What Color Is Your Collar?

September 29, 2016

What Color Is Your Collar?

Every four years or so we hear a lot of classification of Americans by the  synecdoche of their collar–blue or…

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The proto-mod scene

September 21, 2016

The Proto-mod Scene

“I had on precisely my full teenage drag that would enrage him–the grey pointed alligator casuals, the pink neon pair…

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What Happened to Cary Grant’s Wardrobe?

August 25, 2016

What Happened To Cary Grant’s Wardrobe?

There’s a big market these days for celebrity memorabilia, with common personal items selling for thousands of dollars. A snotty tissue…

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How Can I Make My Watch Cooler Yet Harder to Read: Shrapnel Guards

August 15, 2016

How Can I Make My Watch Cooler Yet Harder To Read: Shrapnel Guards

I’m less of a sporty Rolex guy than a vintage military watch guy, partially for style preferences and partially for…

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