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Two crashing trends—a downturn in the economy and a rising interest in men's fashion (stoked by, among other things, the clothes on Mad Men)—have resulted in this weird little statistic: "Sales of men's clothing are on the rise, and women's apparel sales are dropping. Big-name department stores from Macy's to Bloomingdale's have noticed the trend, and research shows that despite the rough economy, menswear sales actually rose by .8 percent between May 2007 and 2008, while women spent a whopping 3.5 percent less on their wardrobes during that time." Looks like J.Crew picked a good time to open that men's only shop in Tribeca. [Stylelist]