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As a student at the prestigious, all-boys Belmont Hill School near Boston, Ernest Alexander Sabine bumped headlong into a strict dress code: slacks, collared shirt, tie, jacket, no exceptions. “I got a Saturday detention for not having my tie all the way up,” Sabine recalls with a laugh. “I had a hard-ass Latin teacher who busted me.”

Despite the uncompromising rules, Ernest credits the school for influencing him stylistically. But his introduction to the world of clothes came via his grandmother and great-grandmother, seamstresses who escaped Latvia near the end of World War II. “The Nazis were closing in on them, and they came here,” he says. “I grew up in a household with old sewing machines and patterns. They’d copy the dresses they made during the day and bring them home to my mom. I just remember being like six years

old and going through their old paystubs and thinking, ‘Oh my god—look how hard they worked.’”

No surprise here: Ernest has brought that same intensity his own classic, American-made menswear line, Ernest Alexander. After two and a half years of steadfast focus on the guy’s side of things, he’s gradually incorporating womenswear into the mix—a nod to those hustling matriarchs that got him started. —seth putnam

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    How Ernest Alexander Got His Start It took knocking on Garment District doors to get his line off the ground.After graduating from Columbia University—and making a brief stop at the Guggenheim in Venice—Ernest Sabine (middle name: Alexander) found himself with a successful career in fashion advertising. But, then, it wasn’t exactly what he wanted—he was itching to create the sorts of things he was marketing. He quit his job and took business classes, simultaneously doodling patterns and trying to find someone to make them for ... READ MORE »
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    See All That’s In Store for Ernest Alexander So much happening, you guys!In only four years, Ernest Alexander Sabine has taken his collection from one bag—the perfect messenger—to a full-blown made-in-the-U.S.A. line that runs the gamut from oxford shirts and ties to overnighters, belts, and travel kits. And he’s opened his first shop, too. So what’s up next for the menswear dynamo? Ernest gives us the scoop. —alisha prakash"All our products are made in the U.S.A. That’s definitely a movement now, and we’re excited to be a part of it. O... READ MORE »
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    The Story Behind the Finch Briefcase For his Of a Kind edition, Ernest Alexander looks to his own personal style and to Gregory Peck.Ernest Alexander Sabine thinks that the briefcase he made for Of a Kind works on any guy—or girl, for that matter. “I’d feel equally as comfortable carrying this bag to a job at a hip advertising firm as I would to a job as a hedge-fund manager in downtown Manhattan,” he explains. Below, he makes his hard sell. —seth putnamClick here to nab one of the bags Ernest designed for us—before they get awa... READ MORE »