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The Ploughman’s Tie

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General Knot & Co. has been kicking around the blogodome quite a bit in the past few months—boasting the usual chambray and gingham varieties—but we’ve finally found one that couldn’t be made by anyone else.

If it looks like Midwestern tableware, there’s a reason. It’s an Eisenhower-era, archival folk-art print—along the lines of your Gitman Vintage shirts or a Levi’s throwback—only now it’s found its way onto your tie rack.

And while it’s not exactly what a Quaker potato farmer would have worn to a Sunday gathering in 1905, we have to think it’s pretty close.

This Year’s Throwback

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Dickies’ 1922 line sees the light of day today with a handsome pair of pants and a pretty good shirt built as exact replicas of the two items they started off with 88 years ago. You can see the replicated details here, but it boils down to pleated pockets, heavy-duty belt loops and a remarkably elaborate button-fly.

Sure, Dickies is coming a little late to the archival party, but we’re never sad to see a sturdier breed of khaki. The rough-handed fabrics that steered us away from Dickies’ before are still in evidence, but they’re rough for a reason: They’re indestructible. Anyone interested in work-ready khakis should add these to the wishlist.

The Old Way

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In honor of Levi’s newly announced Filson collab (hat tip), we thought we’d take a moment to recognize just how hard Levi’s Vintage line has been killing it this summer. We were skeptical at first—after all, boutique spinoffs of mass-market brands are pretty near a dime a dozen these days—but we have to say it: we’ve been won over.

The reason is vintage-styled tees like this one. On the face of it, it’s just a t-shirt, but the extra archival details—the outsized neckhole, the cropped sleeves—effortlessly mark it as something from another time. It’s not a museum piece, and it’s not exactly workwear either (that cotton won’t last long compared to Daiki’s denim and wool concoctions), but it’s the best stuff to come from Levi’s in quite some time.