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This morning, WWD brings news of several new lower-priced designer diffusion lines we can expect for next season. First, Rag & Bone are creating two new labels—Rag & Bone/Jean (pictured right) and Rag & Bone/Shirt—capsule collections of basic denim and shirt styles in a rainbow of colors, "at a lower price scale than the main line." Then, in a separate article, we learn that menswear designer Thom Browne is also working on two secondary lines. The first, called "Classics", is set to include things like wool suits and khakis, while the "Red/White/Blue" collection will feature preppier fare, like polo shirts and cardigans. Each one will be priced 30-40% lower than Browne's main line, and so far, there's been no mention of cut-price man skirts. [WWD, sub. required]