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  1. Anatomy of a vintage Brooks Brothers button-down shirt

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    March 5, 2017 by Ville Raivio

    Those in the know also know that Brooks Brothers used to make “The” button-down shirt, as was good and proper …
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  2. Alison Schneider: Sometimes Clothes Make the Professor

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    June 17, 2016 by Ville Raivio

    Frumpy or Chic? Tweed or Kente? Sometimes Clothes Make the Professor published in The Chronicle of Higher Education 23.1.1998 “There …
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  3. A history of popover shirts

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    February 26, 2016 by Ville Raivio

    In historical light, we are living an age of a young shirt type. The current one has buttons from the neck down …
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  4. Shell cordovan leather in 1880s shoes

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    July 20, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    Shell cordovan, the darling bud of 21st century high-end shoemaking, was a well-known piece of ass back in 1880s already. …
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  5. James Laver and Men’s Fashions In Technicolor, 1952

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    July 11, 2015 by Ville Raivio


  6. Yale University’s 20-Article Ivy League Dress Code from 1965

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    June 24, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    As published in Take Ivy, the American style bible, the following image shares the views of the Yale dress study …
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  7. Interview with Ingemar Albertsson

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    April 13, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    VR: Your age and occupation? IA: Now in March 2015 I am 64 years old (born in 1950). My occupation …
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  8. American shoemaking in the 1930s Thom McAn factory

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    April 13, 2015 by Ville Raivio


  9. French back boxer shorts from Brooks Brothers

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    March 21, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    I cannot recall the first time I saw French back boxer shorts, but they were on Brooks Brothers’ webstore and …
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  10. Boardwalk Empire and men’s clothes in the 1920s America

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    March 3, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    Christopher Laverty from Clothesonfilm.com has his say at The British Library.


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