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Woolrich John Rich & Bros: Spring-Summer 2012

May 28, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself perplexed by sites that are packed with the latest winter trends… in the middle of summer. I find it hard to feel much in the way of enthusiasm for a woollen pea coat when it’s a balmy thirty degrees outside. So, rather than show you [...]

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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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Dreaming of spring

February 23, 2012

There may be another month or two of nasty weather ahead, but I’m already looking forward to spring and life without my trusty navy wool overcoat. My Baracuta G4 (above) has been languishing in the back of the wardrobe for far too long. Ginza on a Saturday afternoon: Top Siders in the park: Marunouchi: A.P.C. [...]

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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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Neckties for the new year

January 8, 2012

2012 is upon us, which means it’s time to pick up on a few bargains in the January sales. Some rather hefty non-clothing expenses means my budget is limited this time round, so I’ve been drawn to relatively small and inexpensive items: neckties. The great thing about neckties is that they take up little wardrobe [...]

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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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Men of the Cloth needs your help

September 25, 2011

Documentary films are a particular favourite genre of mine, and Men of the Cloth, a film currently in post-production, will be of particular interest to readers of this here blog as well. It follows the fortunes of three Italian master tailors who, in the twilight of their careers, reflect on their lives and work in the face [...]

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Plaid ties for autumn

September 21, 2011

Plaid ties in warm colours, especially ones that have a bit of texture to them, are ideal for the colder months of autumn. (Tie by Banana Republic)  

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