Colour and texture: brown, green and tan; suede, wool and fur

I love Paul Stuart. Part of it is, as expressed recently in my Arnys interview, the joy of having a shop you travel to see. You can’t get Paul Stuart here. But you do have to love what that shop carries, and Paul Stuart always manages to create things that surprise and delight me.
It’s not bespoke (although see my interview with Mark Rykken) and so I won’t be buying the jackets. But there are always wonderful colours and textures in the socks, the ties, the gloves. Indeed the ground floor in New York is probably the best men’s accessories range in the world.
Although the Phineas Cole line is particularly good at innovation (see my interview with Ralph Auriemma of Phineas Cole), it is usually the main line that takes my fancy. The colours are classic, preppy, English country combinations but done better than pretty much anyone. It’s amazing how bad some English brands are at combining the bright cords, heavy tweeds and cashmere knits they stock.
Paul Stuart, for me, is inspiration, and always more for Autumn/Winter than Spring/Summer. The colours and textures are so much richer. And so, here are my favourites from this season, with a little commentary on each. 

Wear bright red and mustard; bring them down to earth with brown
The green tweed of an overcoat is the perfect canvas for autumnal colours

This is a woman. But you should wear brown leather with grey flannel. And encourage your wife to dress like this

Mossy green for a tie; burnt orange in accessories

The orange of fallen leaves, that green tweed again and the shine of brown shoes

I wouldn’t recommend this much grey together, unless you want to make an impact. But the top half works wonderfully I have written about this for a few years now. See post here on Paul Stuart A/W from back in 2008, for example.

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Hello Simon,

About your comment on the last picture, what, pray tell, would you recommend for the bottom half ?


Thank you, Simon.
Speaking of trousers, I’m glad you included the female model because of her gorgeous pants. I wish some similar cuts would reappear for men as well and I actually think there might be a return to roomier trousers in the near future now. Don’t you think it would be a breath of fresh air to see again some straight pleats on the legs of the well dressed ?
To me there is no esthetic ideal beyond the drawings of Laurence Fellows and I think that lady is closer to this ideal than any of the male models we see today.


While we’re on the topic of trousers, may I thank you Simon for banging the drum about men needing to expand beyond jeans for casual trousers (I speak as a serial jean-wearer). Following this advice, I recently managed to nab a pair of Polo RL tan cords at Tk Maxx for £40, and then felt even happier when I saw the same ones at the Bond Street store for £180 a few days later. They fit beautifully, enough fabric at the top to make it over my thighs (same problem as you, also being a cyclist), while being very slim but straight in the bottom.

When I put them on, I couldn’t believe what I’d been missing out on – that a pair of trousers can be just as comfortable as tracksuit bottoms, whilst being easily smart enough to venture out of the house in. Over time, you forget just how hard, stiff, and unforgiving denim is. Now I plan to get some flannels and moleskins.

Could I ask two questions? Firstly, should such trousers have a break? Getting them hemmed at Atelier Colpani, we decided on a very slight break, rather than a bit shorter with no break at all. Which is right?

Secondly, what would be best to wear them with? I feel as though they’re not ‘anything goes with them’ trousers like jeans.

Many thanks.

Eric Dillalogue

In case anyone is interested, the location for that shoot is Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA, USA. A really wonderful house/museum made of concrete and dreamed up by world traveler and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer. (I used to be a docent there and would recognize the facade and interior anywhere.)


Wow those are absolutely great combination of color. Now I wish I could take a look at their latest summer catalog, but I can’t find it anywhere on their site. Any idea where to find it? Thanks.

Sartor Resartus

Paul Stuart is not bespoke but they recognise that when buying off the rack, alterations are a serious business. And because they are large, they carry a very wide range of sizes. And as you know the construction is very high quality. Therefore I wold not rule them out. Their suits weather better than much bespoke I have had. Voila.


I smiled as I read your post, having ordered the driver’s cap shown in the first image the day after my catelogue came in the mail. Regarding your interview with Mr. Auriemma, did you ask who the target demographic for Phineas Cole is? I love the catalogue, but cannot for the life of me figure out what industry possesses bold-minded stick figure gentlemen capable of wearing these clothes. Aside from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, of course.


I love that jacket in the last picture. I wonder if changing the tie would also be necessary if you replaced the grey trousers?


Beautifully represented outfits, love the photos and the colors are perfect for autumn.


I like Paul Stuart as well and consider the company’s taste level exceptional. I notice that they carry quite a wide selection of silk knit ties. Do you have an opinion on the quality and design of their knit ties?