What Price Glory deals in reproductions of World War II-era US and UK militaria. There’s a dash of Scots clothes (sporrans, kilts, etc.), Indochina/Vietnam gear, and Indiana Jones reproductions for good measure. Want a repro pair of US Army mountain boots? You got ‘em. WAC shoes? Here they are. GI sweaters, trousers, etc.? Here.
The level of obsessive detail may not quite be the same as Buzz Rickson’s, but there is an extent to which I think this related to the “gear-queer” phenomenon noted in Zero History. This is, of course, not for the modern mall-ninja. But the underlying element of attraction to the tactical and military may not be all that dissimilar.
From Zero History:
“They want to be soldiers?”
“Not to be. To self-identify as. However secretly. To imagine they may be mistaken for, or at least associated with. Virtually none of these products will ever be used for anything remotely like what they were designed for. Of course that’s true of most of the contents of your traditional army-navy store. Whole universes of wistful male fantasy in those places. But the level of consumer motivation we’re seeing, the fact that these are often what amount to luxury goods, and priced accordingly. That’s new. I felt like a neurosurgeon, when this was brought to my attention, discovering a patient whose nervous system is congenitally and fully exposed. It’s just so nakedly obvious. Fantastic, really.”