I think that this would be of great use to everyone, and I'll start. A new store of note in Boston/Cambridge: I took a trip over to *Drinkwater's*, just past Porter Square in Cambridge, this past weekend. Gary Drinkwater used to be with Stonestreets (most recently) before setting out on his own, and I have to say that I like his store very much. Classic American done right, but also with something for everyone. As well as offering solid suiting, both RTW and MTM by Southwick at much more reasonable prices than I've seen elsewhere (although, admittedly, not at the W.W. Chan prices we are getting used to here), there are a lot of good casualwear pieces in warm earth tones and terrific materials. He carries a brand called "Engineered Clothing" out of NYC, that has a distinctly Japanese feel - sort of like a toned down (both in fashion amplitude and price) Comme de Garcons, with a cool barn jacket and a train conductor's jacket that both the classic dresser and the "hipster" could wear. There were also really great wool cashmere blend flannelized hacking style jackets as well as Bill's Khakis, and some other classic American brands, as well as some unknown but well made Italian brands. For those of you that inquired about Loake's - Drinkwaters carries them Mostly, though, I would go just to chat with Gary Drinkwater and his charming wife Theresa (congrats Gary, you're a lucky guy). A really good alternative to shops like the, ahem, Andover shop, and J. Press for a better take on the classic American look. Maybe we should HOF this or a similar thread. I'll gladly cut and paste my personal review of the Andover shop, and on Stel's, later on this week.
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11/1/04 at 1:10pm