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Retailers Symposium: The party pics

January 17th 2017

Plaza Uomo editor-in-chief Konrad Olsson with Alessandro SquarziHolding our Symposium with Plaza Uomo mixed up the crowd rather at our after-party.  Here are some of the dressed-up men (and women). Full piece on the Sym...

Retailers Symposium: The party pics

Plaza Uomo editor-in-chief Konrad Olsson with Alessandro SquarziHolding our Symposium with Plaza Uomo mixed up the crowd rather at our after-party.  Here are some of the dressed-up men (and women). Full piece on the Sym...

January 17th 2017

Latest Posts

Brown in town: Donegal-tweed suit, Dalcuore

January 16th 2017

The outfit I wore to present our Retailers Symposium last week was a donegal suit made by Dalcuore. I've liked the idea of a tweed suit for while - taking something so rural (as my mother would say, so 'Farmer Giles') an...

Brown in town: Donegal-tweed suit, Dalcuore

The outfit I wore to present our Retailers Symposium last week was a donegal suit made by Dalcuore. I've liked the idea of a tweed suit for while - taking something so rural (as my mother would say, so 'Farmer Giles') an...

StyleJanuary 16th 2017

Retailers Symposium: The speakers

January 13th 2017

George Wang: Brio, BeijingAs with previous Symposia, here is a preview of next week's coverage of the Retailers Symposium, with portraits of our six speakers.  I have to say, they were the best six people yet in terms o...

Retailers Symposium: The speakers

George Wang: Brio, BeijingAs with previous Symposia, here is a preview of next week's coverage of the Retailers Symposium, with portraits of our six speakers.  I have to say, they were the best six people yet in terms o...

January 13th 2017

How great things age: Cleverley Russian-reindeer monks

January 11th 2017

On Permanent Style we have always pushed the intelligent, considered acquisition of a quality wardrobe. This has many advantages. But it also has a large disadvantage: it removes, or at least makes less frequent, the uni...

How great things age: Cleverley Russian-reindeer monks

On Permanent Style we have always pushed the intelligent, considered acquisition of a quality wardrobe. This has many advantages. But it also has a large disadvantage: it removes, or at least makes less frequent, the uni...

Monk - ShoesJanuary 11th 2017

Harris Tweed waistcoat, Richard James

January 9th 2017

Although we discussed last week that the fit of a jacket is the most important - and flattering - part of tailoring, a waistcoat is in some ways the most satisfying.  Of all the tailored garments, it is the one that sit...

Harris Tweed waistcoat, Richard James

Although we discussed last week that the fit of a jacket is the most important - and flattering - part of tailoring, a waistcoat is in some ways the most satisfying.  Of all the tailored garments, it is the one that sit...

Casual wear - TailoringJanuary 9th 2017

Building a wardrobe: Neapolitan tailoring

January 6th 2017

In recent months a few readers have asked for a breakdown of how I built my wardrobe - my plans, my process and my lessons learned. Doing so across all types of garment and even styles would produce a very long, unwieldy...

Building a wardrobe: Neapolitan tailoring

In recent months a few readers have asked for a breakdown of how I built my wardrobe - my plans, my process and my lessons learned. Doing so across all types of garment and even styles would produce a very long, unwieldy...

Finding a tailor - TailoringJanuary 6th 2017

The sweater over the shoulders

January 4th 2017

We took this picture of Patrick Johnson, founder of P Johnson, last month. It occurred to me at the time how hard it is to wear a sweater over the shoulders, as Patrick does. It's something I rarely do, and it's probably...

The sweater over the shoulders

We took this picture of Patrick Johnson, founder of P Johnson, last month. It occurred to me at the time how hard it is to wear a sweater over the shoulders, as Patrick does. It's something I rarely do, and it's probably...

Casual wear - KnitwearJanuary 4th 2017

The importance of fit

January 2nd 2017

Akihiro Mizobata, Ring Jacket A well-fitted jacket is the most flattering thing a man can own. It occurred to me recently - in conversation with a long-term reader - that we don’t talk about the importance of fit anymo...

The importance of fit

Akihiro Mizobata, Ring Jacket A well-fitted jacket is the most flattering thing a man can own. It occurred to me recently - in conversation with a long-term reader - that we don’t talk about the importance of fit anymo...

TailoringJanuary 2nd 2017

Private White VC – Factory visit

December 30th 2016

I don’t write about Private White anywhere near enough. I did a piece last year on their outerwear, which remains their best category, but frankly you could a separate post on almost every coat they sell. The Twin Trac...

Private White VC – Factory visit

I don’t write about Private White anywhere near enough. I did a piece last year on their outerwear, which remains their best category, but frankly you could a separate post on almost every coat they sell. The Twin Trac...

Casual wearDecember 30th 2016

Staples for a hot climate – Reader question

December 28th 2016

Dear Simon,  I recently read your 2014 article, ' The staples of a good wardrobe' and was wondering how you would modify it for warmer climes like Hong Kong and Singapore? Grey flannel isn’t a great option for most ...

Staples for a hot climate – Reader question

Dear Simon,  I recently read your 2014 article, ' The staples of a good wardrobe' and was wondering how you would modify it for warmer climes like Hong Kong and Singapore? Grey flannel isn’t a great option for most ...

Style - TailoringDecember 28th 2016

Double-breasted flannel suit – with pink and ...

December 26th 2016

I know I've written about green and pink a few times before. I could find one old post with a little flower illustration, but there must be more. Perhaps it's the fog of Christmas food and wine clouding my mind.  In any...

Double-breasted flannel suit – with pink and ...

I know I've written about green and pink a few times before. I could find one old post with a little flower illustration, but there must be more. Perhaps it's the fog of Christmas food and wine clouding my mind.  In any...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsDecember 26th 2016

Featured Post

Introducing: The trunk show calendar

September 13th 2016

Today we launch something rather different on Permanent Style: a live Trunk Show Calendar.The calendar is a central, coordinated listing of bespoke menswear trunk shows around the world. It lists, month by month, who is...

Introducing: The trunk show calendar

Today we launch something rather different on Permanent Style: a live Trunk Show Calendar.The calendar is a central, coordinated listing of bespoke menswear trunk shows around the world. It lists, month by month, who is...

September 13th 2016

Latest Posts Continued

Saint Crispin’s: Relasting, boots and US acti...

December 23rd 2016

The ability - or more perhaps significantly, the willingness - of Saint Crispin's to re-last a pair of shoes is a key part of their attraction.  Having a personalised last is great, and arguably better value than bespo...

Saint Crispin’s: Relasting, boots and US acti...

The ability - or more perhaps significantly, the willingness - of Saint Crispin's to re-last a pair of shoes is a key part of their attraction.  Having a personalised last is great, and arguably better value than bespo...

Boot - ShoesDecember 23rd 2016

Japanese trouser makers: Osaku and Igarashi

December 21st 2016

In most areas of the world, tailors commonly outsource their trouser making: cutting in-house but then sending the work to ateliers used by several different houses. Just as common in recent years has been the move for ...

Japanese trouser makers: Osaku and Igarashi

In most areas of the world, tailors commonly outsource their trouser making: cutting in-house but then sending the work to ateliers used by several different houses. Just as common in recent years has been the move for ...

Tailoring - TrousersDecember 21st 2016

Graham Browne Christmas sale 2016

December 20th 2016

As is traditional, Graham Browne are having a sale between Christmas and New Year - and just as traditional is my writing to tell readers about it.  The sale will run on the 28th, 29th and 30th of December, and offer ...

Graham Browne Christmas sale 2016

As is traditional, Graham Browne are having a sale between Christmas and New Year - and just as traditional is my writing to tell readers about it.  The sale will run on the 28th, 29th and 30th of December, and offer ...

December 20th 2016

How sartorial principles can apply to casual clothing

December 19th 2016

This outfit, which was shot for the recent cover story of Plaza Uomo magazine, is probably one of the most casual ever featured on Permanent Style. Much like the first image of our popular ‘ Which office are you?’ po...

How sartorial principles can apply to casual clothing

This outfit, which was shot for the recent cover story of Plaza Uomo magazine, is probably one of the most casual ever featured on Permanent Style. Much like the first image of our popular ‘ Which office are you?’ po...

Casual wear - HatsDecember 19th 2016

My seasonal selection on No Man Walks Alone

December 18th 2016

Earlier this week, No Man Walks Alone published a piece I wrote for them while in New York, selecting my favourite pieces from the stacked shelves of their NY showroom.  This is something we started with the Spring/Summ...

My seasonal selection on No Man Walks Alone

Earlier this week, No Man Walks Alone published a piece I wrote for them while in New York, selecting my favourite pieces from the stacked shelves of their NY showroom.  This is something we started with the Spring/Summ...

Casual jackets - Casual wearDecember 18th 2016

Cover story in Plaza Uomo

December 16th 2016

These things always seem to come in bunches.  First Esquire named me in a top 10 and now Plaza Uomo have published their latest edition, with a profile of me as the cover story.  Plaza is a Swedish fashion magazine, ...

Cover story in Plaza Uomo

These things always seem to come in bunches.  First Esquire named me in a top 10 and now Plaza Uomo have published their latest edition, with a profile of me as the cover story.  Plaza is a Swedish fashion magazine, ...

Accessories - HatsDecember 16th 2016

Featured Post

Collaboration: Made-to-order Lavabre Cadet gloves

November 9th 2016

**Brown and cork peccary now sold out. All other peccary colours and the other leathers still available**French storied manufacturer Lavabre Cadet makes the finest gloves I’ve ever worn - but they don’t have many out...

Collaboration: Made-to-order Lavabre Cadet gloves

**Brown and cork peccary now sold out. All other peccary colours and the other leathers still available**French storied manufacturer Lavabre Cadet makes the finest gloves I’ve ever worn - but they don’t have many out...

Accessories - GlovesNovember 9th 2016

Latest Posts Continued

Ludwig Reiter shoes – Factory visit

December 15th 2016

Ludwig Reiter is an old shoemaker used to catering to a wide variety of customers. It sells bags, sandals and trainers alongside oxfords and brogues, for both men and women. Many of the styles also look a little old fash...

Ludwig Reiter shoes – Factory visit

Ludwig Reiter is an old shoemaker used to catering to a wide variety of customers. It sells bags, sandals and trainers alongside oxfords and brogues, for both men and women. Many of the styles also look a little old fash...

Boot - ShoesDecember 15th 2016

Come to dinner at Huntsman

December 13th 2016

  So, Huntsman invited me to host a dinner in their Savile Row shop in January.   And rather than invite people from the industry (as we did last time in our Gathering dinner) I thought it would be nice to have reade...

Come to dinner at Huntsman

  So, Huntsman invited me to host a dinner in their Savile Row shop in January.   And rather than invite people from the industry (as we did last time in our Gathering dinner) I thought it would be nice to have reade...

Black tie - TailoringDecember 13th 2016

‘Snob’ Tailoring book republished

December 12th 2016

It seems to be the month for notices and happenings. This latest one is to note that the tailoring book I originally wrote back in 2011 has been republished.  I've had lots of enquiries over the past year about this b...

‘Snob’ Tailoring book republished

It seems to be the month for notices and happenings. This latest one is to note that the tailoring book I originally wrote back in 2011 has been republished.  I've had lots of enquiries over the past year about this b...

SuitsDecember 12th 2016

Unstructured casentino coat – Rubinacci x The...

December 9th 2016

Although some of the products aren't to my taste, I always keep an eye on what The Rake are doing in terms of collaborations. It's interesting to see a clear vision move through different brands and categories.  One t...

Unstructured casentino coat – Rubinacci x The...

Although some of the products aren't to my taste, I always keep an eye on what The Rake are doing in terms of collaborations. It's interesting to see a clear vision move through different brands and categories.  One t...

Overcoats - TailoringDecember 9th 2016

The PS square scarf is back! (With new colours and ...

December 7th 2016

The Permanent Style scarves that we introduced last winter are in stock again in two new colours, and available to buy from the Begg & Co site now.  The two colours are grey and green - the grey is pictured above,  a...

The PS square scarf is back! (With new colours and ...

The Permanent Style scarves that we introduced last winter are in stock again in two new colours, and available to buy from the Begg & Co site now.  The two colours are grey and green - the grey is pictured above,  a...

Accessories - ScarvesDecember 7th 2016

Esquire names me one of the 10 most influential of ...

December 6th 2016

I have been included in a list of the Top 10 most influential men in fashion by Esquire. Which is nice.  You can read the full article and a short interview here.  I dislike the term 'influencer' - frankly if that's h...

Esquire names me one of the 10 most influential of ...

I have been included in a list of the Top 10 most influential men in fashion by Esquire. Which is nice.  You can read the full article and a short interview here.  I dislike the term 'influencer' - frankly if that's h...

StyleDecember 6th 2016

Come to the next Symposium: The future of independe...

December 5th 2016

I'm really excited about our next Symposium, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th.  First, because while it brings together some of my favourite people - as with all the symposia - the subject is very different. It will ...

Come to the next Symposium: The future of independe...

I'm really excited about our next Symposium, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th.  First, because while it brings together some of my favourite people - as with all the symposia - the subject is very different. It will ...

December 5th 2016

Update: the Trunk Show calendar

December 2nd 2016

It’s been great to see the reaction to our Trunk Show calendar since it launched in September. You’d expect artisans to be keen, given it’s a free way to advertise their travels to Permanent Style readers (surely ...

Update: the Trunk Show calendar

It’s been great to see the reaction to our Trunk Show calendar since it launched in September. You’d expect artisans to be keen, given it’s a free way to advertise their travels to Permanent Style readers (surely ...

December 2nd 2016

The cap

November 30th 2016

If styled right, a cap is a wonderfully useful accessory. Not as formal as a fedora, yet not as casual as a beanie, it can bridge a greater range of outfits than any other hat. When the temperature is in single figures, ...

The cap

If styled right, a cap is a wonderfully useful accessory. Not as formal as a fedora, yet not as casual as a beanie, it can bridge a greater range of outfits than any other hat. When the temperature is in single figures, ...

Accessories - HatsNovember 30th 2016

Japanese shoemakers: Yohei Fukuda, Marquess, Yuki S...

November 28th 2016

There is a bewildering number of shoemakers in Japan, somewhere between 35 and 40 depending on how you count. Although many have people working for them, they are all essentially sole operators. One person founded the ho...

Japanese shoemakers: Yohei Fukuda, Marquess, Yuki S...

There is a bewildering number of shoemakers in Japan, somewhere between 35 and 40 depending on how you count. Although many have people working for them, they are all essentially sole operators. One person founded the ho...

ShoesNovember 28th 2016

Denim

Ethan Newton’s Tokyo store – Bryceland&...

November 4th 2016

I was quite intrigued to see Ethan Newton’s Bryceland's store in Tokyo when we visited a few weeks ago. In particular, how he is presenting his view on tailoring and how that mixes with the more casual americana side. ...

Ethan Newton’s Tokyo store – Bryceland&...

I was quite intrigued to see Ethan Newton’s Bryceland's store in Tokyo when we visited a few weeks ago. In particular, how he is presenting his view on tailoring and how that mixes with the more casual americana side. ...

Bags - Casual jacketsNovember 4th 2016

Levi’s bespoke jeans – Update and 501st...

June 6th 2016

Two years ago, I wrote enthusiastically about the launch of Levi’s bespoke denim service - Lot No.1. Here was the prospect of getting perfectly fitting jeans, in exactly the cut you wanted, made by a Row-trained cutter...

Levi’s bespoke jeans – Update and 501st...

Two years ago, I wrote enthusiastically about the launch of Levi’s bespoke denim service - Lot No.1. Here was the prospect of getting perfectly fitting jeans, in exactly the cut you wanted, made by a Row-trained cutter...

Casual wear - DenimJune 6th 2016

Colour combinations, from casual to formal

May 31st 2016

The colour combinations that we discuss every week in regards to formal wear, can be applied just as readily to casual wear.  Although there will always be elements that don't crossover (such as the immense versatility ...

Colour combinations, from casual to formal

The colour combinations that we discuss every week in regards to formal wear, can be applied just as readily to casual wear.  Although there will always be elements that don't crossover (such as the immense versatility ...

Casual jackets - Casual wearMay 31st 2016

Reader Qs

Do I need black shoes (and if so, which?) – R...

August 6th 2015

As with many reader questions, this one evolved over several email messages back and forth. I know Joel won’t mind if I restructure that exchange into a conversation, in order to put the inquiries in the right order. ...

Do I need black shoes (and if so, which?) – R...

As with many reader questions, this one evolved over several email messages back and forth. I know Joel won’t mind if I restructure that exchange into a conversation, in order to put the inquiries in the right order. ...

Derby - How toAugust 6th 2015

The formality of trousers: Reader question

March 9th 2015

Dear Simon, I’ve always been extremes: a worsted wool suit or denim jeans. But having had my first couple of “sports jackets” made I thought it was worth while moving up in the formality stakes with trousers occas...

The formality of trousers: Reader question

Dear Simon, I’ve always been extremes: a worsted wool suit or denim jeans. But having had my first couple of “sports jackets” made I thought it was worth while moving up in the formality stakes with trousers occas...

Reader questions - StyleMarch 9th 2015

How to wear a black necktie – reader question

February 11th 2015

Dear Simon,  Following your Calvo de Mora combination [above] What are your general guidelines to wearing a black necktie? Most of the time I see it paired with the classic ensemble of white shirt with a grey jacket/gr...

How to wear a black necktie – reader question

Dear Simon,  Following your Calvo de Mora combination [above] What are your general guidelines to wearing a black necktie? Most of the time I see it paired with the classic ensemble of white shirt with a grey jacket/gr...

Reader questions - Shirts and tiesFebruary 11th 2015

Factory Visits

Johnston’s of Elgin: Factory visit

August 8th 2016

The following is an extract from my book Best of British: The Stories Behind Britain’s Iconic Brands , published by Prestel. Dedicated copies are available to buy here – Johnstons of Elgin It has survived two world ...

Johnston’s of Elgin: Factory visit

The following is an extract from my book Best of British: The Stories Behind Britain’s Iconic Brands , published by Prestel. Dedicated copies are available to buy here – Johnstons of Elgin It has survived two world ...

Casual wear - Factory visitsAugust 8th 2016

Sheep to shop – Private White in Manchester

February 20th 2016

This is a nice little video by Private White VC, the superb British brand and manufacturer. It’s heavy on atmosphere rather than craft details, but there’s a lot in there readers will identify with. It also ...

Sheep to shop – Private White in Manchester

This is a nice little video by Private White VC, the superb British brand and manufacturer. It’s heavy on atmosphere rather than craft details, but there’s a lot in there readers will identify with. It also ...

Casual wear - Factory visitsFebruary 20th 2016

Barbour: Factory and repairs

March 4th 2015

Barbour is not quite the level of craft or quality that we normally feature on Permanent Style. However, rather like US brand Filson that we covered recently, they deserve mention for the beautiful way they age and thei...

Barbour: Factory and repairs

Barbour is not quite the level of craft or quality that we normally feature on Permanent Style. However, rather like US brand Filson that we covered recently, they deserve mention for the beautiful way they age and thei...

Casual jackets - Casual wearMarch 4th 2015