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We were having a talk about whether having a uniform was stylish and the one person we kept coming back to was Thom Browne. He’s known for always wearing his grey suit with a white shirt and tie, and has been a major catalyst in bringing this aesthetic back in a big way. Although we might not find his particular style to be the most appealing, we really respect his philosophy behind it.

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TB5

The jacket above is a blue jacket by Thom Browne with a red, white, and blue ribbon on the surgeon’s cuffs. Mr. Browne brought this into style, but you don’t have to buy a 5k suit to get it. We endorse this look because it’s a way to a embellish your jacket in a smart, tasteful way, without looking over the top. Just get your tailor to do it for you. All you need is a cool grosgrain ribbon — choose one that maybe contrasts with your jacket, or just choose a little pattern you like, and make sure your buttons are functional. Open up the buttons on the jacket cuffs and you’ve got a real good look. Won’t cost you more than $40 in all.

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Jacket from Red/White/Blue Line

Jacket from Red/White/Blue Line

A couple months ago, it didn’t seem like Thom Browne would have the resourses to continue his line. Well, now, not only will he be continuing it, but he will also we launching two lines that have 30-40% lower pricing. The first, his red/white/blue line, will be a quirky take on classic prepster items (which sounds a lot like everything he does). The classic line will have items like oxford shirts, khaki pants, and his trademark grey suits. It’s amazing that he’s able to do all of this when he also is designing for Moncler and Brooks Brothers. We’re excited to see this launch in early 2010.

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We just read Alan Flusser’s thoughts (via The Sartorialist) on Thom Browne and found it very interesting. Of course, we think that Thom Browne is doing some of the most interesting stuff out there but there is something to say for the brevity of fashion versus the longevity of style.

Alan Flusser: “Those are the most irresponsible clothes I’ve ever seen in my 30 years in fashion. To charge that much money for a coat that is deliberately short……the whole thing is like, childlike. I understand the sensibility; believe me I understand it, but if you want to sell a customer that, that to me is… I’m sure the allure is that “new classics” but that is as “fashiony” as Dolce & Gabbana.”

Thom Browne's Short and Slim Suits

Thom Browne's Short and Slim Suits

The Sartorialist: But don’t you think that is the customer who is buying it.

Alan Flusser: “As long as people understand that – it’s ok. As long as they understand it is of limited longevity, that is ok but I don’t think they sell it like that. Thom Browne doesn’t wear like that. I think it is irresponsible – if I was Bergdorf I would be out of my mind.“

And a fitting snippet from Glen O’Brien a.k.a The Style Guy, “A good suit is like a good attorney: It should cover your ass.”

If you’re not familiar with Mr. Flusser he is one of the most knowledgable people in menswear. He started Alan Flusser and did wardrobe for both Wall Street and American Psycho.

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We’ve been a big fan of a lot of Mr. Browne’s stuff for a while now, especially his Black Fleece collaboration with Brooks Brothers. The best thing about his Black Fleece stuff is that is costs about half as much as his namesake label. Recent news has peaked our interest as he just named a new CEO, Justin Sparks. What does this mean for us? Well Sparks has a plan for Mr. Browne’s brand. The plan is to drop prices 20-30%. Mr. Browne’s label had been struggling of late on account of the economy, and now has made the decision to get competitive. This means we could start seeing Thom Browne shirts selling for around $200 and maybe a little cheaper. Along with the price drops, Sparks wants to grow the 45 stores to 200 stores worldwide over the next 3 year. This seems like a high order, but we’ll hope for the best.

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