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Staple Remover

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Much as we love the risk-takers, most designers are judged by how they do with the staples. And our Mr. Benjamin is finally showing his hand…

This blue flax shirt from Benjamin Bixby is a pretty good start. It’s flat enough that it won’t stand out at most offices, but the fabric is stiffer than the usual oxford cloth, and the overdyed hue makes it stand out from the crowd just enough to matter.

Andre’s stated influence is Colonial India—which makes sense given the wash of the fabric—but to our eyes it looks more western than eastern. Are tortoise-shell buttons bigger in Bangalore than we thought?

Deluxe Treatment

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Our friends at Style Salvage just joined the ongoing conversation about the luxury industry's response to the recession with some wise words. The takeaway? "There is definitely a sense that the industry has lost its way." There's a new kind of customer out there, and firms need to figure out what the new customer wants.

But don't get too nervous; it's nothing a few bloggers can't sort out.

We steer the good ship luxury through these treacherous economic waters»