The Sad End Of Brooks Brothers

Excellent, almost poignant article by Matthew Wilder at The Week:

“The hollowing out of American industry is not, of course, the only cause of Brooks’s woes. For six decades our public spaces have undergone a relentless casualization that began with the disappearance of the three-piece suit and has ended with the ubiquitousness of jeans and t-shirts in offices, churches, and the sidelines of athletic events, where Bear Bryant’s houndstooth jacket and fedora would now be as startling as an Elizabethan doublet. Like so many seemingly progressive changes, the motivations underlying this evolution have been neither charitable nor democratic.”

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