by The Fashion Editors at Esquire
NICOLE BLACK, OWNER OF BLACKBIRD, SEATTLE: I worked at Nordstrom in men's wear [from 1995 to 2000], and so many of the shirts were just horrible. The fabrics weren't good. The collars were too big. The tails were too long. And so when I started my store in 2004, I had a really hard time finding good button-down dress shirts that fit. Because you can't fake the fit on a shirt. - Esquire
Thank you to Esquire for including us in the editorial "How We Dress Now: An Oral History, Part 1." You guys did an excellent job briefly chronicling the evolution of menswear from the tent-sized shirts pictured above through the suits with checkered shirts and clothing that actually fits of the present. Click through the link to see the slideshow in full, featuring tidbits from Nicole Black, Michael Bastian, Todd Snyder, Marcus Wainwright, and more.
The Arctic Shirt
in Arctic Snow