There was a thread on them 15 years ago in the other forum, but it didn't get much traction.
To me, they seem like de-militarized versions of the disposable field watch. So they are made of plastic, repairs other than replacing the battery are a hassle, and they are fairly inexpensive (but...
As the Trad forum has a long tradition of quibbling over the little differences, this might be a good fit. :)
I'm not sure if these were different phases of production or if it depends on which factory the mask was made in, but I noticed there are two separate styles of Brooks masks:
Where can you buy tartan trousers, tam-o-shanters, wingtip brogues with kiltie tongues and tassels on the laces, stag-handled carving sets made of Scottish red deer antlers, Fair Isle sweaters, Argyll socks, hairy Harris tweeds, and multi panel tartan flat caps with a button top?
Someone over on adoucett's forum was nice enough to provide scans of the Lands' End Fall 1979 catalog: https://www.reddit.com/r/NavyBlazer/comments/7jplfu/lands_end_fall_79_catalog/
I'm always amazed at how infrequently Lands' End catalogs show up online compared to L.L. Bean; sometimes it...
Any fans? Nylon cordura for rotproof resistance to constantly being wet, secure Velcro closures to prevent anything from suddenly flying open, and high-vis, easy-to-spot colors. A cousin to the G10 watch strap, in that all its features are mostly pointless away from water. :)
While some people like to point out that bottled-in-bond isn't a guarantee of quality, I find that it lays down a good floor for building quality, in the same way that being called cheese instead of "cheese food" or orange juice instead of "orange drink" is no guarantee of quality...
I liked their 30NU "pocket diary" day-planners -- still made in the UK, in navy, a good value compared to Graphic Image and without a big brand on the front like the new Brooks Brothers ones.
Unfortunately, for 2015 they seem to have shipped their production to Mexico... according to their...
One of those L.L. Bean staples.
Dickies released an American-made, Cramerton Cloth version of their old full cut with the tunnel belt loops back in 2010 for the princely sum of $200/pair, but it seems like 4 years later they have enough stock left that they've lowered the price to...
A part of the look? Kind of reminds me of chambray, in that it started firmly in department store territory, but somehow ended up the darling of L.L. Bean, Lands' End, Patagonia, etc. by the 90s. (Lands' End devoted a catalog essay to it, for instance.) When did the...
Any fans out there?
The ancestor to the Brooks Brothers Desk Diary, The Economist Diary, still available today, although at £87, it might be best to wait for the exchange rate to go down... :biggrin2:
Perhaps the British origin will help explain the "diary" designation for what is...
I guess I stopped paying attention to them for a bit, but they're really doing some interesting things, supporting some classic brands... maybe introducing them to a younger audience?
Recent J. Crew offerings:
Aldens for J. Crew
Italian-made desert boots
Welsh-made Corgi socks
Inspired by the thread on Brooks Brothers mermaid t-shirts. :icon_smile:
Brooks Brothers has put out a lot of funky things over the years, so I thought I'd start a thread for cataloging them. If you have ads or photos of the original articles, post them here! :icon_smile_big:
(Nathan Clark, the inventor at 90)
Supposedly based off a Pashtun sandal Mr. Clark saw while in the British Army.
It reminds me a bit of the cross strap sandal that folks like Brooks Brothers, Bass, and L.L. Bean have thrown out there on occasion.
Any fans, or is this too...
What are the right options? :)
Panamas? (Anyone know a good source for folders with narrow brims?)
Coconut straw seems to be a Brooks Bros. favorite... (Traditionally from the Bahamas, I think. Does the country of origin still matter?)
L.L. Bean has sold...
Not so much?
In my mind, the best Ivy League stuff (with certain exceptions) is made in the U.S. of U.K. materials, or made in the U.K. for a U.S. company to their specifications. A U.S.-made sack suit of West of England flannel. English shoes made on chunky American lasts, etc...
Anyone in the States still making these? I imagine it was originally based off of some form of WWI or WWII army surplus, but it doesn't seem to match any of the usual suspects. :biggrin2: Cotton with leather trim, narrow width, rectangular slide bar buckle?
Possibly made out of...