Three week’s after its New York debut, we dropped by Barney’s to check out Andre 3000’s maiden menswear line, Benjamin Bixby. Perhaps envisioning big things for the brand, Barney’s has rolled out the red carpet for Andre with a full Bixby display — anchored by a vintage wicker hot air balloon basket — greeting guests right as they exit the 5th Floor elevators.While the tweed knickerbockers are a bit too fanciful for our tastes, Andre seems to have successfully executed a wearable line infused with the lively spirit of college football circa 1935. Save for their hot air balloon logos, however, the clothes could easily get lost among the nearby racks of Ralph Lauren gear. That is to say the line lacks a wholly unique vision, yet possesses a strong spirit and durable construction — we’d say superior to RL Polo but inferior to RL Purple Label.
Again, this blue corduroy had a nice fit and feel, but not exactly what we’d call luxurious, and not really worth $1,000 –