Friday, May 31, 2013

Glenn Beck's 1791: Would you wear it?

1791 Supply & Co., the clothing brand owned by conservative media personality Glenn Beck, has been on the market for several months now.

While a lot of 1791's focus has been on its American-made denim jeans, the Beck-inspired collection includes a rugby shirt and several polo shirts.

At first glance, one might think of Polo Ralph Lauren when they see 1791's bright red rugby shirt or its crested polo shirt.

PHOTOS courtesy of 1791 Supply & Co.

But upon closer inspection the 1791 shirts are different than Lauren's shirts with animal motifs and crests of dubious authenticity

Not only are the rugby and polo shirts made in America — a major selling point for many would-be customers — but they feature crests inspired by the earliest years of the American republic, unlike say Polo Ralph Lauren's Anglophilic obsession.

The made in America tag on all of 1791's clothes puts the brand at a slightly higher price point than expected, but at least you can buy with confidence that it wasn't made in an oriental sweat shop.

Of course, the real question is: Would you wear it?

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