Leah's at the Pitti Uomo tradeshow in Florence this week, and undoubtedly she's come across several "heritage" brands at the hundreds of booths shilling their earnestly designed shoes, jackets and jeans to the world's top menswear buyers and editors. The term "heritage" is commonplace in menswear—and beyond—thanks to the fashionable revival of traditional English brands (Barbour, Belstaff) and Made-in-America labels (Alden, Carhartt). But with the introduction of Portland, Oregon-based Pendleton Woolen Mills' new "heritage collection" last week, we wondered: has the use of the word "heritage" reached a saturation point?
Name: Jonathan Occupation: Works at 45 RPM What was the last thing you bought? A leather jacket. What would you never be caught wearing? Sweatpants. How do you take your coffee? Black. What was the last song you listened to? A song by Jimmy Hendrix. What are you wearing?
Maybe there's hope for the Garment Center after all. According to a recent survey conducted by American Express, 65% of affluent Americans said that they try to buy Made in the USA products whenever possible.