My father was a well-dressed man who took great pride in his Brooks Brothers suits, but I am certain that he and most men of his generation were not only unaware of these kinds of details, but also probably weren’t that interested. They just trusted.
With the rise of the tailored suit today, in the wake of “Mad Men,” Daniel Craig as Bond, “Suits” and other cultural influences like Twitter and geeky men’s bloggers like me, men seem more curious, interested and discerning than ever when it comes to the details (inside and out) of what they wear. Complementing that interest is the pressure on brands to be more transparent and forthcoming about how their garments are built.
To close the episode, I recommend a fabulous film trilogy from the New Wave era by legendary filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni. This “trilogy on modernity and its discontents” includes L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961) and L’Eclisse (1962). They are part of the Criterion Collection and available for streaming on Hulu Plus. Check them out.