Year: 2008

Historic brands can be mightily deceptive. Early trading dates might stand proud above doorways; photographs of a visiting member of the Rat Pack may adorn the walls inside; but counters…

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It was through gothic arches and a carpet of leaves I strode; past withered branches, long handled brooms and mossy stone. The autumn scent of a distant pyre was lively…

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“You really should” someone told me “check out Gieves & Hawkes these days. They’ve got some interesting things and they’re trying to appeal to a sort of… younger generation.” Warning…

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There was always something a little fishy about the choice of Castle Howard as the setting, once again, for Brideshead; the seat of the aristocratic family, the subject of Evelyn…

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On Saturday night, when I attended the grand reception of a wedding, I realised something I have suspected for quite some time: I prefer white tie to black tie. I…

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Although I am a man who would scarcely converse on an encounter made in a department store men’s room, a recent experience in a toilet at Selfridges made me reconsider.…

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One of the things I notice, in my wardrobe transition from summer to autumn, is how much ‘fuss’ I begin to add to ensembles. Summertime, for a variety of reasons,…

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