The United States enjoys a special relationship with the United Kingdom that extends to politics, economics, military alliances and, yes, culture. To the untrained eye that relationship extends to clothing, and in a very broad sense, that’s true. Similar brands are worn in both countries and the style codes are virtually the same: Suits are office-appropriate attire, T-shirts and jeans are casual, etc. Yet, that relationship is in fact not so clean cut. British and American tailoring are inherently different from one another, as are streetwear and sneaker cultures in each country. As it stands, each country’s influence on the other is relatively limited. In menswear—and fashion at large, really—the special relationship is instead the one between American and Japan.

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