Mark McNairy has tapped Woolrich's long history of hunting and military garb in the seasons he's been at the helm of Woolrich Woolen Mills
. But recently he found himself at a vintage car show, appreciating the artifacts from what he called "the beginning of the American infatuation with an automobile." A lightbulb went off: Like Zelig, Woolrich had been there. McNairy set himself the task of imagining the WWM wardrobe as a kind of early-driver's uniform: slouchy tweeds with braces, mixed-media flat caps, a full Donegal suit. A few pieces headed in the honking direction of Toad of Toad Hall
. But he wasn't, the designer cautioned, out to make costumes, and for the most part, he didn't, adapting where necessary: The blanket a top-down driver would've thrown over his shoulders became a blanket poncho, or a blanket peacoat. And where no adaptations were needed, he didn't adapt. His fabrics have always been drawn from the Woolrich archive, but he's always given each a tweak. For Fall, for the first time, they're repro'ed in facsimile.