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On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy stepped up to the mic to deliver his inaugural address and created the great menswear myth.  As the story goes, JFK’s decision to address the crowd without a hat on his head delivered a fatal blow to the hat industry as American men followed his lead and shed the once obligatory hat.  Is the story romantic? Sure.  Is it true?  Well, probably not.  But, there’s no denying that an inauguration is a time for the president to make a statement.  As a President that often remarks how he doesn’t even know what jacket he’s wearing, Obama has never been a paragon of style, but as he ushers in a new term, it provides him with the rare chance to prove just what clothes can mean.  A return to American innovation and production would do this country some good, and what better way to show support for this country’s up-and-coming and established designers than to wear them proudly to start off four more years.

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