On Sunday, I took a trip uptown to the Japanese book store to get the new issue of my favorite magazine Free & Easy. The store had moved since I was last there (now located on Sixth Avenue at 41st Street), but the selection of mind-blowing publications is still intact. The Japanese love to concentrate on very specific subject matter and then cover it comprehensively and obsessively. Cover it to death! One specific magazine was entirely dedicated to cheeseburgers of all things. Two hundred pages of still life pictures of cheeseburgers, charts about various types of French fries and reviews of the restaurants that server them. In a word, bonkers. There were other men’s magazines dedicated to luggage, shoes and of course women. After browsing the various titles I found the reason for my trip, the new issue of Free & Easy. The Americana obsessed magazine (amazingly titled “THE NAVY-ism”), beautifully dissects the Navy’s influence on men’s clothing. The issue is so in-depth and well done that I have to cover it in five separate posts. Five more reasons to love Japan.


Comments on “THE NAVY-ism.

    Marcellus on March 12, 2008 12:08 PM:

    Please do keep us up to date on this magazine. It sounds amazing, and I can’t find it anywhere around my area.

    AldenPyle on March 14, 2008 2:02 AM:

    I enjoyed this issue a lot. I was inspired to grab an NWT vintage CPO wool shirt off of ebay! F&E-ism rules.

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