Some great products wouldn't have been successful in a recession -- even if you invented Silly Bandz two years ago, broke people inevitably would've lost interest upon realizing they couldn't support their whole body weight. For recession-born threads to hang out in today, check out Company of We.
Shooting for the middle-ground between high fashion and affordability, We launched their inaugural duds in the doldrums of 08 (and was still able to nearly sell out their stock within 8 days), and are just now dropping an Autumn/Winter lineup of high-minded warmness in the "spirit of Democratic Luxury", despite accusations that they're limousine liberals. Jacketed coziness comes via the ink-colored "Moses Toggle" (a fully lined pea coat with cotton rope detail and horn toggle closure), the herringbone brown "Jayson Bomber" with a ribbed waistband and detachable rabbit fur collar, and a gunmetal hardware, Mandarin collar'd leather jacket called "The Slater", though its sleeves may not be able to contain your massive wing-Spano. Non-jacketry includes shirting like the the slim fit/placid plaid "Errol" and the light-pink "Burroughs" with white collar & cuffs and a built-in pocket square, and new jeans made from denim and Lycra and dubbed "COW", just in case your self-esteem wasn't already shattered by the fact that you need spandex jeans.
All the gear'll be making its DC debut at Thursday night's "fashion:district" event (...at Rue 14's table), where 25 bucks'll get you entry and a drink -- just what you need to noosen up a little.