After a fifteen-year hiatus from staging runway shows (with an exception in 2005), menswear veteran Joseph Abboud returned to the catwalk with a rich, confident vengeance. His show was long, strongly cast, well attended, and stacked deep with what he described as "American Savile Row" looks. Don’t call it a comeback; the Boston-born designer didn’t. Rather, he said it was an "ode to great men's tailoring and the art of styling". What that resulted in was a distinct Britishism distilled with national bravado; there was something kind of poignant and cool about seeing an American flag–motif scarf walk out while David Bowie’s "Cat people (putting out fire)" -originally released in 1982, five years before Mr Abboud started his namesake label- blared from the speakers overhead. "Rugged dandyism", said the designer of the lineup’s mix. The sentiment was most evident in sport coats made of washed velvets, distressed wools, and tweeds (the best of the bunch had a surprise at the turn : vintage buttons, lined up the sleeve to the elbow). An air of Sixties-ness, in fits and flares, permeated the collection. If they were at times overstyled, these clothes will work well when separated and paired with more of-the-moment or low-key pieces. A distressed chocolate leather jacket would look excellent worn with Loewe’s passport cuff jeans, for instance. Another noteworthy takeaway was Joseph Abboud's inclusion of exclusively red, white, and blue collaborators : the footwear, all wingtips and brogues, came from Allen Edmonds, the Wisconsin-based shoemaker founded in 1922. Feathered hats were the result of a partnership with Albertus Swanepoel, the Manhattan milliner and arguably America's most well-known hatmaker. And outstanding briefcases in matte leather with thick handles arrived via St Louis, Missouri's Rawlings, which was launched way back in 1887. Despite the English glance, Joseph Abboud concluded : "We're proud that all the pieces remained American". All of his suits are made at his factory in Massachusetts, where he employs 800 artisans.