As with manufacturers of American cars/iron lungs, it's often said that clothing companies "Just don't make 'em like they used to." Well, now they do: Garbstore. The second brand from a former Burberry and Paul Smith design mule -- he also founded One True Saxon -- Garb's mainstay is a line of jackets created to look "historically new" (how former Burberry designers say "so last century"). Produced using vintage sewing machines/production techniques/materials, the duds evoke the post-war period in England when casual clothing became more formal -- a reactionary response to the happy-go-lucky attitude Londoners displayed during Luftwaffe bombing campaigns. The jackets range from the letterman-looking lambswool "Class of '73" to the unintuitively stylish "GPO" mailman's coat -- proving that whether it's martini-sipping spies or coal-hoarding civil servants, the British are a truly classy people.
Not all of GS's line is retro, notably their breathable waterproof parka with Everest-ready technical features -- handy, because if there's another thing they just don't make like they used to, it's sherpas.