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It has been a year since I began my  column with How to Spend It  looking at value in menswear. Nice as it was, we had covered most of the basics – so the editors and I decided recently to change tack. 

The new column, The inside track, will look at one relatively unknown brand each month. It will combine a behind-the-scenes narrative with an insider’s explanation of the brand’s quality and originality. Hopefully, it will enable me to spread the word about many of the smaller producers that we know and love, but rarely get mainstream coverage. 

The first to be featured is Gaziano & Girling. Although well-known to shoe aficionados, few men outside the online world have heard of them. And they are on the cusp of something big, with a new factory and soon their very own shop. 

You can read old columns here