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In this week's Critical Shopper, Jon Caramanica explores his inner Anglophile at the United States by Any Old Iron on Orchard Street. Upon entry, the Critical Shopper first observes that the store "embodies the uniquely British tension between dignity and dishevelment". Then, as he makes his way through pieces by A Child of the Jago (the brainchild of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren's son—how's that for a rocker pedigree), Savile Row tailor Sir Tom Baker and, of course, Fred Perry, he demonstrates his Brit street cred by namedropping the Libertines and former Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. Overall, he sums up the offerings as "Clothing for the bedraggled gentleman. Or the bedraggled-gentleman aspirant. Or the cheeky Anglophile" and concludes that the late Mr. McLaren would have given his stamp of approval. [NYT]