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A few years ago, Spurr was just twelve pairs of jeans. With the Pipe leg jeans – a masculine but form-fitting pair of straight leg denim – bolstering the collection, the brand quickly took off.

Fast-forward to 2009. The launch of the Fall/Winter collection threw designer Simon Spurr into the limelight with its luxury tailored goods, gorgeous leathers, and the always reliable denim stealing the show. Awesome peak-lapels. Youthful double breasted suiting. Great outerwear: including a trench, manly leather coats, a charcoal pea coat, and a flawless black down jacket with a higher armhole – rendering a puffy coat form-fitting, masculine, and finally non-Michelin Man-esque.

Spurr Spring/Summer 2010

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If you have read our blog before, then you probably already know about our excitement over Club Monaco’s collections this year. With Timothy Farah at the helm, tailored goods became the centerpiece of the collection. Fully canvased suits with roped shoulders and functional button-holes priced at $500 ($400 for college students) are what really caught the attention of everyone around town. However, suits weren’t the only things that Club Monaco did right this year–sport coats, outerwear, knits, ties were all top notch in ’09.

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While Brooks Brothers and J. Press sat back and enjoyed a bump from the reinvigorated prepsters this past year, Paul Stuart wanted more. They have always been a little more “fashion forward” than their American style buddies, so it was only a matter of time before they really began to push their Phineas Cole line. The line expanded and was given its own “Shop-in-Shop” at the Madison Avenue store, which was more than enough to catch our eye.

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When Michael Bastian showed his first collection for Spring/Summer of ’07, would he ever have guessed that he would be one of the major players in reviving American style? Flash forward two years late and Bastian really took his game to a new level. With sexy peak lapels and gorgeous Brunello Cucinelli cashmeres, Bastian’s clothing was all about wearability. His collections for ’09 looked like a younger fuel-injected Ralph Lauren collection, which of course makes us salivate.

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J. Crew Authentic Peacoat

10: J. Crew Authentic Peacoat for its simplicity and price-point.

9: Banana Republic Wool Trench for its wintery take of a classic piece of outerwear.

8: Gap Wool Topcoat for its business appeal at a seriously awesome price.

7: Burberry Quilted Bomber Jacket for a perfectly modern piece for those with warmer winters.

6: Spurr Down Jacket for its trim take on the jacket that usually makes you look like the Michelin Man.

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Coming in at $130, Uniqlo’s duffle coat is a work of perfection in bang for your buck value. We’re always worried about outerwear that makes you look puffy, wide, or anything other than lean. And to get the appropriate effect of looking slim yet not hipster, you always have to pay a hefty sum. But not with this piece. This duffle coat is slim-fitting — which means it really makes your torso look lean. As a 40r, we actually decided to size down to a small, which gives tons of breathing room, but really fits right in the shoulders and arms. And did we mention it’s warm?

Get it in a black watch pattern, a navy, or a black. Black watch is a great move for a prepster and navy will keep you looking all American. You can even get a little bit of both — navy coat with a black watch interior to the hood. Whatever you do, you’ll be looking lean — the only thing fat about you will be your wallet.

Check it out uniqlo.com and make your phone order at 917-237-8811.

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If you’ve started to notice that we’ve been rocking a lot of Club Monaco stuff recently, then we want to let you know that it’s for good reason. Our friend Mr. Farah has been absolutely killing it with his designs recently and this Cashmere Down Jacket is a perfect example of his craft. Club Monaco is great at taking a classic design and putting a modern spin on it so that it looks both fresh and refined. We love the soft grey cashmere as it is a nice way to stand out from the normal nylon puffer jackets. We also love how there isn’t too much going on design-wise as the pockets are very simple. Too often people try to put tons of bells and whistles on their outerwear and it just makes it look like you’re trying too hard. So head down to your closest Club Monaco and get this guy for $795 (20% off for college students).

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