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Upon first hearing of O’Connell’s, we were told it was a bastion of classic American men’s clothing. A place that has always ignored whatever the latest fashions are and instead focuses on the great things America has given to men’s style. For us, there was really no option but to jump into The Truck and find out whether what we’d heard was to be believed. Was it ever.
O’Connell’s has been in the same place on Main Street, across from the University, since 1958. To this day the shop is run by the same family. Maybe it’s no surprise that the University campus is across the street. O’Connell’s has always carried an exhaustive collection of classic American men’s clothing, styles that come from Ivy League schools. This is the origin of modern prep. Flip through a copy of the legendary book Take Ivy, and you’ve got the fundamentals of what O’Connell’s is all about.
What’s on display barely changes year after year, and that’s a good thing. Think L.L. Bean and Brooks Brothers and J. Press and multiply by a hundred.
The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.
It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.