What Is ‘American Fashion’ Now?

Some Foremothers, and Fathers In the beginning, American fashion was largely defined by what it wasn’t: European. As Elizabeth Hawes, a sketcher turned journalist turned designer who went to Paris in the 1920s as a “copyist” — a patternmaker hired to copy French designs to be sold in the American market — wrote in her…

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Can a Man Wear Mules to Work?

While some folks have sprinted out of lockdown keen to make up for lost time, a number of men have, er, shuffled back onto the streets. They are ambling, dawdling and slouching to lunches, drinks and work meetings, powered by insouciance rather than haste. They are on mule time. Their feet are shod in clogs,…

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Keep Keeping a Logbook

Welcome. I pruned the trailing jade plant yesterday, made a noodle kugel for Rosh Hashana and rode my bike into Manhattan for dinner. That was my logbook entry for Sept. 7, 2021. Nothing fancy, no editorializing or reflection, just a record of a few things I did. I log my day whenever I remember to…

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The New Image Makers

Curtain bangs (a long 1970s-style swooping style) and wolf hair (a shaggy mullet). Glinting coppery red hues and ear-grazing chops inspired by the ’90s Delia’s catalog. If you’ve spotted these hair looks, chances are they were influenced by one East Village hot spot: the two-year-old Jenna Perry Hair salon, founded by the flame-haired Jenna Perry…

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