Paul Newman during the filming of Hud in 1963
I don't think you can get any more American than Paul Newman in a Wrangler denim shirt leaning on a Cadillac. For a lot of us this is our romantic idea of what America used to represent. And I think a lot of us are trying to get back to this idea in our own lifestyles and wardrobes. Maybe not so spot on with a cowboy hat but in our own unique and stylish way. And in a nutshell that's why the whole Americana trend is prevalent, as much as I dislike using that word. We want to get back to what makes this country great. This is our heritage. This is our culture.
In a strange twist of irony I find that it takes a Japanese company like R by 45rpm to truly master the denim shirt. There are a few American brands that I mention religiously here that make a pretty good one. But nobody touches 45rpm. To use clothing as a metaphor for the times can be a bit caustic. But when somebody can do what you do better and repackage it to you... Maybe that's the beginning of a culture lost. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out that quantity over quality doesn't work for a long term business model.
With that said I've always looked to artists for the answers instead of businessmen. And if an artist happens to be a business, man... I don't mind, I don't mind...