Peter Middleton started Wythe searching for icons of the past — the perfect oxford shirt, an authentic denim pearl snap, the grey sweatshirt worn to perfection. These were all things that could be found in any shopping mall, but the soul of the garment had been ripped out. He wanted the oxford shirts that Miles Davis wore, the denim pearl snaps that James Dean wore, and the sweatshirts that Paul Newman wore. This dream of a lost Americana became Wythe. The bygone heirlooms of the past, remade to fit well and last long enough to be passed down to the next generation of dreamers.