Workwear in the LA Times

Three makes a trend. Isn’t that what people say? Booth Moore has a nice article in the LA Times about the rise in popularity of workwear. This comes on the heels of both The Observer and The New York Times devoting space to the topic. I was excited to see that ACL was included in the article (thanks to Ricky Swallow for spreading the good word) along with two of my favorites Reference Library and Archival Clothing, not to mention many of my most-liked labels. The full article can be seen here.

Comments on “Workwear in the LA Times

    jhnon November 23, 2008 @ 5:43 PM:

    It’s amazing how the fashion press can turn a movement they *claim* is about practicality into a mere tallying of “authentic” brands. There are plenty of practical and rugged clothes, if it’s practical and rugged you want, from brands without the same storied pedigree.

    I also suppose there’s no reason to mention the perennially-popular Dickies.


    Since when do Sperry Top-Siders count as “work wear”?

    There are classic clothes that are work clothes, but not all classic clothes are work clothes. I’d hardly equate J. Press with an auto mechanic’s overalls. Some “classic” brands are classic preppie or classic suburban dad brands.

    Maybe there’s a revival of work clothes, maybe there’s a revival of classic clothes, maybe there’s a revival of classic work cloths. But those categories are not interchangeable.

    joeon November 23, 2008 @ 6:32 PM:

    I hope this trend takes off.
    I’ve been hoarding lots of great classic/workwear stuff I’ve found for pennies at thrift stores.
    Hope to get rid of it here soon.

    c.a.on November 23, 2008 @ 7:23 PM:

    article says they’re selling filson stuff at urban outfitters now — for real???

    Rickon November 24, 2008 @ 10:51 AM:

    I like that they call you obsessed…

    abh1wordpresson November 27, 2008 @ 10:55 AM:

    Sorry but this so-called revival of practical clothing goes around every couple of years.

    Trucker hats, wool caps, work boots, khakis, oxford cloth shirts, denim shirts, chambray, Pendelton. These were all in my closet in 1992.

    Band of Outsiders is a scam.

    I went to check out some of their prices and merchandise (

    Paisley scarf: $425
    Pinpoint twill shirt: $295
    Necktie: $135

    You have to be f-ckn kidding me!

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