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Having recently read Simon Winder's "The Man Who Saved Britain" (on how the James Bond phenomenon stirred England from its post-war malaise), I saw an episode of "Mad Men" in which an Englishman botches a suicide attempt when his Jaguar fails to start, followed by an episode of "The IT Crowd" wherein a fire extinguisher actually catches fire (the joke being the "Made in England" label). The common thread being that Brits do not hold English craftsmanship to quite the level of respect that such a designation once commanded. In the realm of clothing, however, we here in America, at least, still regard "Made in England" as an imprimatur; brands like Burberry, Albert Thurston, and Turnbull & Asser still make our hearts beat a little faster, and we behold a royal warrant with something approaching awe. For while the sun may have set on the British Empire, this green and pleasant land still produces some of the best garments in the world, as the following items will doubtless attest.
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