What Was the Brooks Brothers Riot and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

Twenty years ago, as the country white-knuckled its way through a Florida recount to decide the fate of the race between Al Gore and George Bush, a group of expensively dressed middle-aged white men swarmed a government building in Miami-Dade county: “50-year-old white lawyers with cell phones and Hermès ties,” as the Wall Street Journal described them at the time. The crew was clearly made up of out-of-towners: folks in suit jackets and button-ups flying down from outside Miami to pressure and intimidate election canvassers. Their look was so distinct, in fact, that the protests were labeled the “Brooks Brothers Riot.” It was a moniker the crew wore proudly. “We all had Brooks Brothers blazers,” Brad Blakeman, who worked for the Bush campaign, told the Washington Post. “We could have popped out of the catalogue.” Today, the Brooks Brothers Riot is freshly relevant: Protesters in Detroit, Michigan, have attempted

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16 Best Hoodies for Men in 2020

Before we dive into the best hoodies for men, let’s get one thing straight: There’s no such thing as a bad hoodie. If it’s got all the essential ingredients—cozy fabric, roomy hood, long sleeves (sorry, Bill Belichick)—it’s worth your time, in at least some capacity. Even the sloppiest, bleach-stained-iest hoodie around has the ability to take your enjoyment of a Sunday afternoon on the couch from an 8 to a full-on 10. It’s a warm hug you can wear. But some hoodies are better than others, in terms of looks or quality or both. If you’re looking for a new public-facing addition to your hoodie rotation—the kind of sweatshirt that looks as great under a topcoat in winter as it will with shorts in the springtime—we’ve tracked down all the finest options available to you right now. All hoodies are good hoodies, but these 10 are the absolute best hoodies

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Why Are Stores Boarding Up for the Election?

It’s election day in the United States, and corporate America’s response—besides all those encouraging suggestions to vote—is coming into focus. And it has nothing to do with the ballot box: retailers across America, including Tiffany’s, Macy’s, H&M, CVS, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, Sweetgreen, and more are boarding up their windows. The decision isn’t inexplicable, necessarily, though it casts a grim light on the way our corporate overlords see the election.

The boarded up stores in Portland, Seattle, Washington. D.C., and New York, are intended as a safeguard in anticipation of post-election riots. Indeed, the consensus for many business owners seems to be that no matter who wins, someone is going to throw a chair through a shop window. And corporations aren’t the only ones boarding up: earlier this week, the White House was enclosed by a new “non-scalable” fence. (Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was destroyed

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How Sean Connery Turned a Regular Rolex Into “The Bond”

For many, the lasting image of Sean Connery will be their first: the camera slowly scanning over him in a casino in Dr. No. “Bond,” he says, introducing himself to all of us. “James Bond.” Or maybe the lasting image is the moment in Goldfinger when Bond first asks for his martini “shaken, not stirred.” If you’re a watch fan, though, the definitive Connery-as-Bond image comes after he plants barrels of explosives in Goldfinger’s opening scene, wearing a white tuxedo and flicking on his lighter to check the time. The flame lights up the watch that was on Connery’s wrist throughout all four of the Bond films he starred in: the Rolex Submariner 6538 “Big Crown.” The 6358 was the Submariner that accompanied Connery on the first four of his Bond movies—whatever your first memory of Connery, this is the timepiece to go with it.

For generations of men,

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Best Crewneck Sweatshirt for Men in 2020

The phrase “wardrobe essential” is almost as overused as “streetwear” right now in the menswear universe, but there’s still one style that deserves the label: a gray crewneck sweatshirt. It’s basic in the best way: cozy as a camp fire on the beach, never not wearable, and an integral part of menswear history. The humble gray crew neck sweatshirt helped Steve McQueen escape in The Great Escape, cemented John Travolta’s heartthrob status in Grease, and made Eddie Murphy a badass in Beverly Hills Cop. Paul Newman, the patron saint of laid-back menswear, wore one. Today, a roster of famous stylish dudes trust in the gray crewneck sweatshirt (see: Ryans Gosling and Reynolds, Justin Theroux, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Michael B. Jordan). The allure is equal parts form and function, rugged vibes housed in a fitted cotton knit (like a perfect baguette, hard on the outside

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Bruce Springsteen’s Watch Is Born to Run

Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.

There’s not much debate when it comes to ranking Bruce Springsteen’s best albums. Darkness on the Edge of Town has its partisans, as does Born in the USA. Some maniacs love Tunnel of Love. But Born to Run is peak Springsteen: it’s filled with big, epic jazzy rock songs and half-shouted ridiculous lines that every dad in America knows by heart. But the Bruce album that will always have my heart is Nebraska. It’s Springsteen at his whisperiest—he recorded the whole thing at home, on a four-track. What I’m getting at is: Springsteen is no one-trick pony. That’s true of his watches, too, and his latest watch is a lot more Nebraska than Born to Run: quiet, not showy; unique, not everywhere; and not exactly the piece

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