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Perry Ellis
Military supplier Massif plans a civilian line
Military supplier Massif plans a civilian line

The look and feel of the modern man's closet owes much to the military. Standard-issue pieces including the trench coat, the khaki trouser and aviator-style sunglasses have come to the wardrobe via the warrior. Over the years, a handful of clothing makers now considered "heritage" brands have also benefited from military connections. Supplying the troops gave these companies the boost into the public consciousness (not to mention the revenue stream) that a shout-out on "Oprah" might have in more recent times. Outer-wear manufacturer Woolrich, for example, made its name supplying woolen blankets to troops during the Civil War. And contracts to supply military...

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