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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ask the MB

Ask the MB
Q: Where does Brooks Brothers fall in the spectrum of Magnificent clothing? Staunchy? Chic? Taken in moderation?
— Eric


A: Eric, you forgot "frumpy."

You'll notice the retailer links on our home page, and there's a reason why Brooks Brothers is missing. Their target market is either dead, hospitalized and on a life support system, or a commentator on ABC's This Week.

Hats off to them for trying to make their brand relevant with "Black Fleece," designed with inspiration by short-pant lovin' Thom Browne, but the prices are insanely inflated. If you're hooked on the classics, look for them with a nod to living in the 21st century, like Bastian, Opening Ceremony, Varvatos, Hickey, Costume National, selected D&G, Prada, and many more.

Ask the MB: Brooks Brothers

Ask the MB: Brooks Brothers
Q: I've noticed you guys are down on Brooks Brothers, and I mostly agree. However, I just picked up a suit and sport coat from the Black Fleece line for 50% off and had a made to measure suit done. I picked wool from the Zegna factory and it will be constructed in the Martin Greenfield factory in Brooklyn. So, in the right setting, can Brooks Brothers be considered bastardly?
--David


A: While we've poked some good-natured fun at Thom Browne, his stuff for Black Fleece the past two years is pretty good, and the quality is top-notch. Made in China, this is not. Our problem has always been the completely ridiculous pricing. Even at 50% off (as much of it is now) it's only a so-so value. If you like Black Fleece, keep your eyes on Gilt Man; they just had a sale with discounts in the 60-75% range and we expect another one fairly soon.

Ed. note: giltman.com is fast becoming a near-daily required shopping stop. If you'd like an invitation to join just drop us a line.

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  • 3 shots rye whiskey (or to taste)
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Peychaud's Bitters
  • quarter shot of Absinthe
  • lemon twist

Soak the sugar cube with the bitters and place in the bottom of a highball glass. Mash with the back of a spoon (or muddler, which we hope has not been used to make a Mojito), add the rye whiskey and fill the glass with ice. Stir for about 30 seconds and then strain into another lowball glass that has been rinsed with Absinthe and filled about halfway with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.


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