Month: September 2010

Last year I wrote of an exasperating experience with H&M that highlighted one of the major problems with retailers of that enormity and economy; sourcing. Quite simply, they don’t do…

Read More The Big Boys Go Online

Many of the great dressers had curious quirks. For example, according to Francois Chaille, the bespoke ties of Aristotle Onassis were tailored from more than six feet of fabric –…

Read More Going Against The Grain

On the 4th September Jermyn Street, London’s shoe-and-shirt mecca, was closed to traffic. However, this was no ordinary inconvenience. The entire street had been taken over for the celebration of…

Read More The Art Of Acting British

I wandered into Zara recently to have a mooch around. It’s not a store in which I seek inspiration but for some reason, inspiration seems to creep up and bang…

Read More The Camel Coat

When a tailor is genuinely satisfied with his work, you can be sure of your own satisfaction. As Russell smoothed the deep blue herringbone tails of both my groom-to-be brother…

Read More Bespoke Morning Dress Part Two

While my taste usually remains somewhere under the large umbrella of “classic style,” whatever that means, I am prone to having “moments” if you will. For a period of time,…

Read More Ode To The Loafer