It’s not easy to craft high-end clothing in the United States, but one designer managed to build an empire in his native New England.

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True craftsmanship can inspire and be sustenance for a culture.

True craftsmanship can inspire and be sustenance for a culture.

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Fall collections that explored the American ideal.

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Fall collections that explored the American ideal.

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It’s not easy to craft high-end clothing in the United States, but one designer managed to build an empire in his native New England.

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