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Imagine my surprise this afternoon when, whilst browsing idly in M&S, I noticed two items that I can only describe as "sartorially refreshing". For all of you across the pond, M & S is a department store. A very popular one no doubt but somewhat staid in image. Staple, predictable and reserved are all words that spring to mind. It is no less a beloved British institution for all that though. So what was it that surprised ( nay shocked ! ) me ? T'was these......



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Yes, that is a bowler hat. And yes, that is a one button SBPL suit (3 piece no less). And yes, this was in a department store ! Now I know, I know, all of us here at AAAC talk of these sort of items on a regular basis and probably don't even regard such things as all that unusual anymore. But my God, to see these in a department store, on the "High St" is absolutely astonishing.
Quality wise I'll be the first to admit that neither garment was anything particularly special. The hat was very, very poorly blocked and did not come in any specific head measurements, just S, M & L. The suit ( from the Mark Powell range ) was a pretty decent affair, better than many, but certainly nothing earth shattering. That said, I believe Des Merrion has said that M&S represents a good, solid window into tailoring for those on a smaller budget. Praise indeed and certainly borne out by this suit.
My point is, putting quality aside for a moment, it is IMHO refreshing, no, inspiring to see such items making their way into a mainstream retail outlet. Does this represent the first ripples of a sea change toward traditional style values ? Are we abandoning the dress down approach of recent years ? Are we smartening up ? To shamelessly steal from the new guy, does this mean "A change is coming" ?
 

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I believe Des Merrion has said that M&S represents a good, solid window into tailoring for those on a smaller budget.
Which I believe to be a wonderful thing! Obviously, I'm US-based, but it's nice to see that there are places for some sartorial elegance without going overboard on price. Would this be equivalent to a MW or a JAB, or closer to Macy's/JCP?
 

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What Ho, Rooster! Got lost again stravaigan aboot ta Butty Whiffington's doo at the hive and ended up in ol' Marksy Sparksy, eh wot?

(M&S was the parent of Brooks Brothers from 1988 to 2001.)
 

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Which store was that Bertie?

It is encouraging, especially coming after the 'bridal collection' that included passable morning dress and the shoes (albeit limited in range) I spotted earlier in the year from A Sargeant.
 

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What Ho, Rooster! Got lost again stravaigan aboot ta Butty Whiffington's doo at the hive and ended up in ol' Marksy Sparksy, eh wot?

(M&S was the parent of Brooks Brothers from 1988 to 2001.)
Ahhh, heavy night at the Drones old boy.....next thing I knew it was mid - afternoon and I was wandering around the ladies lingerie department. Pretty sure there was a Policeman's helmet involved somewhere too........ :icon_smile:

Which store was that Bertie?

It is encouraging, especially coming after the 'bridal collection' that included passable morning dress and the shoes (albeit limited in range) I spotted earlier in the year from A Sargeant.
This was in a main branch in Glasgow. That's news to me about the shoes Bridie. Which of the AS ranges were they comparable to ?
 

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On their website this is only offered as a two piece, and is notch lapel...still nice looking though.
 

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Nifty - thanks.
What, gentlemen, do we think of the 'lapel' treatment on the waistcoat?
I do like a shawl on a suit waistcoat, just not sure about flipping the stripes horizontal.

I would probably wear an odd db waistcoat in a complimentary color (gray) with a SB/PL striper like that.

Oh, and the shoes on the model and suggested under the vest, just wont do.
 
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