Halston, L. L. Bean & Eddie Bauer Revive Vintage Styles

06/14/2010 10:17 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Stephanie Clifford New York Times

Brands are combing their archives in the hope that old clothing styles with a classic feel will assuage consumer anxiety in shaky times. With some Americans feeling as if they can't trust government, Wall Street or big business, the brands are betting their heritage lines will evoke memories of better times -- and help pry open shoppers' wallets.

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