Yesterday Bruce Boyer and I visited Brooks Brothers, who were showing the Fall/Winter 2010 collection on the sixth floor of the 346 Madison flagship store. The goods represented the company’s growing commitment to reclaiming its heritage, and there were many nods to its golden age in addition to the new girls and home collections.

Though not a separate line, University has a distinctly younger feel, similar to the Brooksgate of yore. This section of the showroom was set up like a locker room, with trophies and athletic gear scattered among the clothes.

Though intended as sport shirts, these new OCBDs feature a vintage-style label, third collar button and button-flap pockets:

Pigskin duffel bag:

Colorful crewnecks:

Moving on from University, here’s a paddock jacket with canine-embroidered cords:

“Real tweed,” Bruce said favorably as he inspected this heavy 3/2 roll jacket:

Speaking of 3/2 button stances, there were quite a few:

This one was an outwear hybrid with quilted lining:

The home collection includes chalk-striped lampshades…

… striped pillows, and the mini lampshades on the table, so your den or office can be as well decked-out as you are.  — CC

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