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Every Person in New York
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THE MORNING LINE "Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."
—H. L. Mencken

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même clothes.

In the last few years, one fashion industry buzzword has been 'heritage'. No two people would define it exactly the same way, but it means that classic styles from previous decades and various genres are reintroduced and sometimes reimagined.

Nepenthes, 307 W. 38th [8th/ 9th] 212.643.9540, founded in Osaka, Japan by Keizo Shimizu, makes the Engineered Garments line as well as the Needles line and features them heavily in their stores. Most of the items are for men, though they do have a small selection for women. They also have clothes from cutting-edge labels and New Balance sneakers.

EG takes familiar items—a sports coat, the pea jacket—then plays with lengths and contrasts somber tones with unexpected, vibrant patterns. Needles veers in a lot of directions from gorgeous patterned Mohair and Alpaca sweaters, to a China shirt/jacket, to batik shorts. Rebuild by Needles creates new pieces out of vintage and deadstock, so your button-down shirt will be made, very visibly, of many slices of different fabric.

If that doesn't reflect the zeitgeist, what does? After all, artists have always reflected, reacted against, and repurposed what came before.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.


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