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Ring Jacket grey-on-blue pinstripe suit

May 25, 2012

Ring Jacket. It’s an odd name that might be familiar to some readers: the blog of Hong Kong-based shop The Armoury regularly features their gear, usually with the sumptuous, mahogany-panelled surroundings of its showroom in the background. Their suits looked pretty effing sweet to me so, after spending an unholy amount of time in a […]

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“Gimme some space!” – The downsides of Japan’s service culture

February 25, 2012

Visitors to Japan are, almost without exception, gushing in their praise of the country’s service culture. I can see their point: go to any half-decent restaurant in Tokyo and you will be served in a friendly way, your (generally excellent) food will arrive quickly and you will get an instant apology if anything is wrong. […]

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Tracking down a Barbour hood

January 31, 2012

The past couple of weeks have been somewhat nippy here, with an especially biting wind. Rather than splash out on a new windproof coat I thought I’d just make use of my Barbour Bedale, and buy a hood for those especially nasty days. No problem, right? Wrong. It seems like Barbour’s waxed hoods, especially in […]

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Proper winter boots: Red Wing Iron Rangers

November 15, 2011

You should expect your boots to get soaked, muddy and thoroughly beaten up during the winter months. Few put up with this kind of abuse better, or more stylishly, than a pair of Red Wing Iron Rangers.

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An interview with Richard Harvie of Harvie and Hudson

October 25, 2011

In days gone by Jermyn Street, the traditional heart of Britain’s shirt industry, was full of family-owned shirtmakers. Now just one, Harvie & Hudson, remains. We caught up with Richard Harvie, grandson of co-founder Thomas Harvie and current day-to-day manager of the 77 Jermyn Street store, to discuss all things shirt-related. 1) It always struck […]

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Tricker’s Newbury with Dainite rubber soles

September 10, 2011

My first pair of Tricker’s arrived last week. I bought them from a Halifax-based outfit called Pediwear, and was very impressed with their service. Shipping to Japan was fast (about a week), free and reliable; and the total cost – import duties included – was much less than buying at full retail from a Japanese […]

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Looking for a new briefcase for office, not a backpack

September 4, 2011

Can you remember your first briefcase? I can remember mine quite clearly. It was a brown, faux-leather, box-shaped affair that looked like a prop from Wall Street. Being nine years old and in my “executive” phase at the time, I thought it was a vitally important accessory for any businessman worth his salt. I spent […]

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The dress shoe collection

August 20, 2011

My dress shoe collection is far from big, nor was it expensive to put together, but it’s served me very well over the past couple of years. These three shoes have coped admirably with most situations, including apocalyptic downpours and abominable heat, with little noticeable wear and tear. (Black calf leather Oxfords by Charles Tyrwhitt) […]

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How and when to wear dark shirts

August 4, 2011

If there’s one thing that makes men’s style purists recoil in horror it’s the combination of dark shirts with suits. It’s a look that’s all too frequently seen on TV dramas and in the most fashionable bars and clubs of major cities, but is rarely considered acceptable in traditional office environments. This might be because […]

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Beams shirts

July 23, 2011

My latest post over at Men’s Flair is all about Beams: my favourite brand of ready-to-wear shirts. Check it out here, and check out some high-res images of the shirts themselves below:

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