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Gatsby Gear for Guys by Brooks Brothers
The limited-edition line revives 1920s flair with deco patterns and rich colors. By Douglas Bair
Two looks from the Brooks Brothers' Great Gatsby collection. Burgundy stripe regatta blazer, $798, and tipped blazer, $798.
Comments () | Published April 30, 2013
F. Scott Fitzgerald said it best, via his character Jay Gatsby: “Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can!” Admittedly, fashion trend revivals might not have been his point, but the sartorial godfather of American literature still nailed it.

Thanks to Baz Luhrmann’s reboot of the film (out next week), the flair and polish of the Roaring Twenties has returned via Brooks Brothers’ collaboration with the film’s Oscar-winning costume designer, Catherine Martin. Like a time capsule from Fitzgerald’s East Egg fetes, the corner window display at the retailer’s Georgetown store showcases one of our favorite looks—a trim three-button burgundy stripe regatta blazer paired with ivory trousers.

With smart deco-inspired butterfly bow ties and tan stitching on ivory wingtips, each piece of the collection holds its own as a quintessential throwback to the Jazz Age style that inspired the novelist’s characters’ wardrobe, as well as Fitzgerald’s own.

“Brooks Brothers is mentioned numerous times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction,” Martin said. “It is this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic.”

Whether you’re more a Nick Carraway, a Tom Buchanan, or a Jay Gatsby, head over to the nearest Brooks Brothers and snag these signature pieces before they vanish from stores. Here, six of our favorite styles from the line—sure to fit nicely in your formalwear wardrobe.

White and brown spectator wingtip, $598; Onyx and gold stud set, $395; Light brown linen vest, $248; ivory lattice butterfly bow tie, $60.


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