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By Liza Corsillo for GQ.

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A Saint Patrick's Day throw back to Irish actor and alright James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, who's suited detective style influenced America's most terrifying fictional finance bro.

Who: Pierce Brosnan, a.k.a. Remington Steele

When: Sometime during the early and indulgent 1980s

Where: On the Los Angeles set of NBC's Remington Steele

Why: In his break-out role as conman turned private eye, Pierce Brosnan portrayed the exceedingly charming and expertly suited Remington Steele. The TV show centered around female lead Laura Holt who, to attract serious clients, invented an imaginary boss detective by the ridiculously masculine name of Remington Steele. Brosnan's character in the premier episode, "License to Steele" (that's some serious James Bond foreshadowing) claims the imaginary man's name for himself (we never do find out his real name).

Ten years before Bret Easton Ellis wrote American Psycho and almost 20 years before the movie came out, Remington Steele had all the quintessential trappings of Patrick Bateman, minus the homicidal tendencies. His double breasted pin-stripe suit, man jewelry, and billowing silk tie and pocket square are all perfect examples of the status symbols of the time, that whisper confidently "you. are. a. waste. of. my. time." Wall Street style of the Reagan era was all about excess: sex, cocaine, cash, fine Italian fabrics and the great looking assholes (maybe they weren't all assholes) who wore them. And guess what those guys were watching when they finally came home from the office, that's right: Remington Friggin' Steele.

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