Someone pointed out recently that some Permanent Style collaborations – with La Portegna, for example, or Passaggio Cravatte – have ended without any news as to how they went or the product was received.
Both of those sold out, and we sold over 100 of the Dartmoor sweaters that were the subject of a recent collaboration with John Smedley. More importantly, all seem to have been well received. I have included a selection of the unsolicited comments below.
And by the way, the Permanent Style cufflinks that I designed with bespoke jeweller Diana Maynard back in 2011 are still available – and still the best cufflinks on the market! The Hanger Project is currently stocking them, and also took some stock of the Dartmoors.
Kudos on an excellent collaboration Simon.  I am very pleased with the Dartmoor.



Hi Simon

Just to let you know that I received the Smedley Dartmoor shirt on Friday. I’ve tried it on and its absolutely fantastic. The fit is just perfect.

I’m already kicking myself for not ordering two.




Please put me down for one M polo. The slippers were great BTW. Thanks for arranging both.



Thanks, I received the slippers last week and have been using them regularly since then (giving my John Lobbs a well deserved rest). Very pleased with them and glad that I ordered two sets.



Just a short note to say thanks for commissioning the Permanent style x La Portegna travel slippers. They arrived yesterday and are just gorgeous!

With every best wish


Hi Simon,

The slippers arrived today and they are marvellous — and the fit is perfect in the XXL. Many thanks, M

Dear Simon,

I just received the La Portegna travel slippers yesterday and they are wonderful!  Buttery soft and the perfect shade of episcopal purple.  Thank you for making this project available to your readers.





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Dear Simon

Can you offer some advise that may help in my conundrum? Ties and their lengths are causing me some problems.

I have been purchasing several ties, all from Drakes, but realise that they are slightly too long. Being 5.6 i know i am not the tallest or people but then, many i see on the streets are also my size. So why are ties made to a certain length that it seems, is too long for the majority of people?

I then decided to have a shorter tie made at Drakes to their ‘shorter’ length and, believe it or not, this seems too short. Needless to say this also cost extra for this service.

I then came across the great videos posted by The Armoury on their own website, all about men tying their ties. I was amazed how everyone used a different way of doing their tie up but, what was not shown was the length against the trouser waist or indeed jacket. As some of them only did a ‘once around’ their ties surely must be too long too! For example i know that Ethan is not a tall man!

Then i came across the little book ’85 ways to tie a tie’ which whilst great, does not help with length. I also noticed that some of the knots, although creating a lovely knot, must surely be based on the fabric used. Too thick a fabric will lead to a giant knot.

What i want to achieve is the look of a small, tight knot that then flares out to create the blade (?). I suppose similar to that which Prince Charles uses.

Furthermore, everyone advocates the four in hand which i use but, should one also use other knots to create interest in the knot itself. I could raise a few more questions though i suppose you get the general idea.

Some advise would be appreciated.



Andrew Jones

I also received a pair of the La Portegna slippers and absolutely love them. Thank you again.


Alas, my Dartmoor order never went through for some reason. Smedley was not able to give me a reason. Quite disappointed but glad everyone else enjoys the products

James Marwood

Another lover of the slippers. I’m wearing them as I write this.