Our Man Bixby

Andre Benjamin, also known as Andre 3000 from the hip-hop group OutKast, has always had a singular sense of style. His distinctive fashion approach even earned the Grammy-winning musician the title of best-dressed man in Esquire magazine a few years back. Now Benjamin is introducing his alter ego, a fashion designer of “rough luxury” named Benjamin Bixby, whose debut fall 2008 collection of polo shirts, varsity knits, tweed trousers, and corduroy sport coats were inspired by documentary college sports footage from the 1930s. However, the Bixby brand, available through Barneys New York this fall, is not just a collection of chic throwbacks to menswear’s golden past. Nor is it just another line of celebrity-endorsed clothing. Most of the pieces, including long wool duffel coats, carefully fitted double-breasted cashmere blazers, club-collar cotton dress shirts, and high-waisted wool herringbone trousers, incorporate rich historical fabrics and precision hand tailoring for a thoroughly modern approach to old-world style. (available through Marvin Traub & Associates, 646.723.2990)

 –William Kissel

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