I have enormous affection for the memory of New Republic clothiers of New York. This was a store in SoHo in the 80s and 90s at 93 Spring Street, with wonderful imported furnishings, plus shirts and suits designed by the owner in a wonderfully eccentric, Anglo-American way, somewhere in the Paul Stuart/Paul Smith orbit but with more open reference to/reverence of previous eras, like the early 60s and the 40s. I have actually paid for this affection in blood: Â in the summer of 1989, when my brother were walking down Broadway and had to get to the west side of SoHo, I chose for us to cut across Spring Street so I could look in the New Republic shop windows. Â Some steps after we did, a gang overtook us and we were horribly assaulted. The store closed in 1999, at which time I could only afford to buy a few pair of gloves: Â one in black leather and lined in plaid wool, and the other of white heavy cotton knit but with black leather on the palms and on the inside of the fingers. But now, on ebay (new slogan: "Worse Than Crack"), I search for items of this label. I think I've found a new one, but I'm not sure, and call upon you rag mavens to help me. The standard New Republic label looks like this: New Republic shirt I recommend it to anyone who takes that size. But now, in my size, I have found this pair of pants: Mystery Pants The pants have a label that reads "New Republic" but of an entirely different graphic design. Every New Republic garment I have seen from the SoHo store had a label like that of the shirt. Â Was there ever another design, or are the pants merely made by someone, somewhere who shared the same name?
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10/29/04 at 11:58am