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A Familiar Face


The fine folks who brought us the Umbuster have apparently stayed busy. But this time around it’s a more sartorial accomplishment.

Sruli Recht’s latest bowtie (via Josh Spear) claims to draw on Laotian textile secrets, but we’ll believe it when we see it. In fact, a more plausible source of inspiration (especially for the white piping) is Thom Browne’s work for the Hives, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Now that we think about it, we were looking for a place to pick up one of those…

Black and White & Browne

  • Jared Paul Stern


Stylish Swedish garage punks The Hives have traded in their Vegas lounge act look and are channeling Thom Browne for their latest effort, *The Black and White Album*. We call it a marked improvement, especially as they've eschewed Browne's signature high-water trouserings. The crested boating blazers and striped school ties worn to good effect on the album cover and in the video for the first single, “Tick Tick Boom” are straight out of Browne's much-ballyhooed Black Fleece collection for Brooks Brothers. And though he's hardly the first designer to employ such motifs…