Thom Browne for Moncler, Fall 2009.

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Eddie Bauer is credited for inventing and patenting the first quilted down jacket in America, back in 1940.  However, Moncler is synonymous with ‘down for the jet set’, and for Fall 2009 they unveiled Gamme Blue– a collection designed by Thom Browne.  The looks are classic Thom Browne in terms of tailoring, and the very ‘tight and trad’ color story echoes Moncler’s heritage.  Some of the looks are very editorial, and therefore down-right silly.  Others are just what you expect when you think Thom Browne + Moncler. 

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Moncler’s story goes back to 1952 when they started producing technical mountain sports gear.  They say their first down jacket came about when the Moncler workers made them for their own wearing inside the factory during the colder months.  Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

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Link to Gamme Blue story and images

Link to Moncler.com

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Black Fleece on Bleecker.

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It’s no coincidence or surprise at all, that the previous post on Mad Men got me thinking about Thom Browne…

There seems to be some activity over at the soon-to-be Black Fleece shop in the West Village.  Thom Browne & Brooks Bros. acquired the space some time back, and workers are finally on the scene– painting walls and cleaning up.  Let’s hope it opens soon.  Thom Browne has given rise to an army of well-dressed men in their shrunken suits & bare ankles- I’m just not sure the look is for everyone.  If I were a statuesque guy, I might feel like I was wearing my little brother’s suit.  Know your limitations guys.