The bankruptcies are piling up, like pawed-over pairs of trousers at a clearance sale: Barneys, Brooks Brothers, Jos A Banks, Neiman Marcus, J Crew, Lord & Taylor. This is not a complete list of clothing retailers gone bust, but an important subset. All these companies offered men’s clothing — among other things — and operated, at a greater or lesser altitude, in the market’s middle stratum. All are in very deep trouble. Those that survive the bankruptcy process will not emerge in anything resembling their current form, or at anything close to their current size. The middle has been hollowed out of clothing retail in general, and menswear in particular. Read more at Financial Times.