Reviving fashion trends from the past can be hit or miss: classic flannel is back in a big way, but no one seems to like your t-shirts, even if you do have a Big Johnson. Banking on old-school duds continuing their success, By Robert James
After seeing a great response to its boutique in NYC's Lower East Side, BRJ's just launched a brand new e-shop offering up its collection of rustic-cool duds celebrating Americana, a concept originally developed by a brain trust of John Mellencamp and Chevrolet. Threads start with classy outerwear channeling 19th Century steez, like the Frock Trench in cotton with a tall "Edwardian" collar and pewter buttons, a black 100% Melton wool number with reclaimed WWII gold buttons and a hunting-scene-fabric-lined interior called The Unknown, and a 4-pocket zip-up described as "a Western take on the clean military jacket" called the Deuce 45, also how your pops referred to all his singles by the Mamas and the Papas. Thigh-sheathing includes the James Younger raw denim 5-pocket jean, the low-rise skinny Western jean, and the Western cord with velvet-ish "feather" wales; shirt-wise, things start formal with The Dorland, featuring a rounded turn-of-the-century-style "club collar", then get casual with the the Roosevelt, a pocketed plaid job with a broad "Eton" collar, and the two-pocket cotton flannel/corduroy-interior'd Gene -- when a short person wears it to a meeting, it will undoubtedly be about the Human Gene-Gnome Project
Rounding out the handsome stock're a slew of slick denim, corduroy, and wool ties, plus seven graphic tees, although none can replace the ones that display your impressive range of athletic skills in leagues comprised of nude competitors of both sexes.