Here’s a patch of prose from Esquire:
Imagine a world in which the style of John F. Kennedy’s America never ended. It’s a world where clothes are unapologetically preppy, and where dressing for occasion is still a primary element of social life. Suits and blazers would be of the classic Brooks Brothers variety (perfectly tailored, of course). Casual wear would be sophisticated enough to make it past the gates of the most exclusive country clubs.
Sounds like something about America in the preppy ’80s, right? Alas, no. It was just posted today, which means it’s most emphatically not about the States, but rather Japan. Yes if these days Ralph is more Brooks than Brooks, then Japan is more American than America.
At least the “mythical version” of America. When talking about the past in any kind of positive light, certain folks like to add the word “mythical.” And you can check out “How Japan turned a mythical version of America into a world-renowned style” here. — CC