But in these past two or three seasons things seem to have taken a better turn. Maybe it’s because of the sheer variety of styles and approaches out there now, and blogsites replacing fashion mags – everything from the Ivy resurgence of J. Press and Brooks to the Milanese and Neopolitan schools, the classic British look of Jeremy Hackett and Michael Drake, vintage-retro-heritage chic and Iconic American trad, to the contemporary look of Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren Black Label, Hugo Boss and Paul Smith. And those are merely the ones at the top of the heap.
It seems there are new small designer-driven shops coming along every day to rebel against the mainstream and fill the spaces left when older luxury brands go mass market. What’s so encouraging about all this is, to my mind, three-fold: men are once again becoming individuals in their dress, they’re becoming more interested in quality and authenticity, and the aspect of craft has once again become important. Clothing is personal, should reflect personality, lifestyle, and aspirations. That’s when it becomes interesting and fun. I see that all beginning to happen.