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The Brooks Brothers Time Machine: 1980 Deadstock

| 8 Jan ’13 | 8 Comments
The Brooks Brothers Time Machine: 1980 Deadstock

Vintage Brooks Brothers Haul It’s generally agreed that the end of the line for Brooks Brothers began when Marks & Spencer took over the company in 1988. (Brooks was charged with being an arrogant and remote institution but that is matched only by M&S whose arrogance and business practices led in part to the decline […]

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Whatever Happened to the Surcingle Belt? Update

| 27 May ’12 | 10 Comments
Whatever Happened to the Surcingle Belt? Update

(Updated with new photos of O’Connells’ Surcingles below) Back in the early 80s, anyone dressing in the American style, whether a vintage ivy league look or in the then current preppy style would have been familiar with and almost certainly owned at least one surcingle belt. What exactly is a surcingle belt? Well Wikipedia has […]

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Complete College Wardrobe Montgomery Ward 1962

| 12 Jan ’12 | 0 Comments
Complete College Wardrobe Montgomery Ward 1962

Looking back from 2012, this stuff looks great doesn’t it? But let’s not forget that history is constantly rewriting itself (and often written by those who don’t really know) and laid down for future generations as gospel. (God help those reading some of FNB in 20 years’ time!). In reality, if you were heading off […]

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Corcoran, Hunting, Shooting & Fishing Fall/Winter 1959

| 11 Jan ’12 | 1 Comment
Corcoran, Hunting, Shooting & Fishing Fall/Winter 1959

Whilst not being any kind of beardy workwear East End type (and in fact in spite of that) I have always had a soft spot for classic American functional clothing. Back in the day it was LL Bean’s catalogue that was prized and poured over just as much as Brooks Brothers or any other obscure […]

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