January 2011

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Japanese men’s magazines: Leon vs. Men’s Ex

January 24, 2011

As a long-standing fan of magazines, and the men’s magazine market in particular, it saddens me to see almost-monthly articles proclaiming their imminent demise. While it’s true that in recent years some titles, such as Maxim and Arena, suffered a swift and merciless end, others have performed comparatively well: between 2002 and 2009 Esquire UK’s circulation held steady […]

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Packing for cold-weather holidays

January 22, 2011

Usually Christmas isn’t the best of times for me. While you lot in the UK and US are opening your prezzies I’m in my office, surrounded by miserable co-workers who you could quite easily associate with the words “face”, “badger” and “arse”. This last Christmas, however, I was able to go back to the motherland. […]

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The five ties that every man should own

January 14, 2011

If you’re looking to build a solid collection of ties, try starting with these. They might just be the only ties you’ll ever need: Navy Silk Knit The great thing about knitted navy ties is that they go with anything, and because they’re knitted they look slightly more casual than their plain silk brethren.

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A brief visit to Charvet

January 11, 2011

In the world of classic men’s style heritage counts, and few companies can boast a more illustrious heritage than Parisian shirtmakers Charvet. When its doors opened on the rue de Richelieu in the 1830s it was the world’s first shirt shop. It has been, and continues to be, a favourite supplier of clothing to royalty, […]

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Getting that tie just right

January 4, 2011

Choosing the correct tie for the day ahead is a regular part of my morning routine, and one that I like to spend a little (but not too much!) time doing. Colour and pattern are important, but there are a number of other factors that contribute to getting a tie to look just right: The […]

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