Three good, three bad

November 15th 2013

I don’t often write negative things about brands. There are so many great things to write about, and I generally prefer to simply not cover them than write something negative. Perhaps, as Spanish readers suggested at a seminar in Madrid las...

Three good, three bad

I don’t often write negative things about brands. There are so many great things to write about, and I generally prefer to simply not cover them than write something negative. Perhaps, as Spanish readers suggested ...

Casual jackets - DenimNovember 15th 2013

How to buy good-value clothes

October 25th 2013

Dear Simon, I’ve been reading Permanent Style for many years now, but recently went scurrying back through older posts for advice. Having decided I should go straight to the source, I write to you today. In the last few months I’ve fo...

How to buy good-value clothes

    Dear Simon, I’ve been reading Permanent Style for many years now, but recently went scurrying back through older posts for advice. Having decided I should go straight to the source, I write to you today. In the l...

Reader questions - ShoesOctober 25th 2013

Interview: Developing a love for clothes 2

August 13th 2009

The second part of an interview with Olly Watkins, adventurer on the choppy seas of style. ( First part here.) What’s your favourite accessory right now? It’s a toss up between the shoes I am wearing, a new pair of brown Derbys from Barke...

Interview: Developing a love for clothes 2

The second part of an interview with Olly Watkins, adventurer on the choppy seas of style. ( First part here.) What’s your favourite accessory right now? It’s a toss up between the shoes I am wearing, a new pair of b...

StyleAugust 13th 2009

Interview: Developing a love for clothes

August 8th 2009

My colleague Olly Watkins has become more and more interested in traditional menswear and permanent style in recent years. His journey, and the lessons he has learnt along the way, provide interesting perspective for new devotees to permanent style. ...

Interview: Developing a love for clothes

My colleague Olly Watkins has become more and more interested in traditional menswear and permanent style in recent years. His journey, and the lessons he has learnt along the way, provide interesting perspective for new...

Shoes - StyleAugust 8th 2009

Reader question: Reiss and made to measure

June 3rd 2009

Thientai: I live in London and never have a chance to get a proper suit. With a tight budget, I can’t afford bespoke, but am quite interested in made-to-measure etc. The other choice is of course, off the peg. So I browse high street stores a l...

Reader question: Reiss and made to measure

Thientai: I live in London and never have a chance to get a proper suit. With a tight budget, I can’t afford bespoke, but am quite interested in made-to-measure etc. The other choice is of course, off the peg. So I bro...

Reader questionsJune 3rd 2009

Final review: A Suit That Fits

April 29th 2009

When you collect your new suit from A Suit That Fits, five to six weeks after the fitting, the staff suggests a thorough examination of the fit. But I have always found that impossible to know until it has been worn on three or four different occasio...

Final review: A Suit That Fits

When you collect your new suit from A Suit That Fits, five to six weeks after the fitting, the staff suggests a thorough examination of the fit. But I have always found that impossible to know until it has been worn on t...

SuitsApril 29th 2009

That 10-inch drop in full

March 24th 2009

Readers may appreciate this image of my colleague’s first outing in his tuxedo from A Suit That Fits. As reported previously, the biggest advantage of bespoke for of man of these proportions is that the drop from chest to waist (46 to 36 in...

That 10-inch drop in full

Readers may appreciate this image of my colleague’s first outing in his tuxedo from A Suit That Fits. As reported previously, the biggest advantage of bespoke for of man of these proportions is that the drop from c...

March 24th 2009

Review: A Suit That Fits 2

March 15th 2009

I was a little anxious today, going with my colleague to pick up his suit from A Suit That Fits. Knowing I was going to review the result; knowing that they knew I was going to review the result. Overall, though, the impression was very positive. Muc...

Review: A Suit That Fits 2

I was a little anxious today, going with my colleague to pick up his suit from A Suit That Fits. Knowing I was going to review the result; knowing that they knew I was going to review the result. Overall, though, the imp...

SuitsMarch 15th 2009

Behind the scenes: A Suit That Fits

February 27th 2009

It is always rewarding to get a look behind the scenes of a company. Nothing beats it for an insight into the philosophy, working practices and dedication to detail present in the production process. I was fortunate enough to peek behind the scenes a...

Behind the scenes: A Suit That Fits

It is always rewarding to get a look behind the scenes of a company. Nothing beats it for an insight into the philosophy, working practices and dedication to detail present in the production process. I was fortunate enou...

SuitsFebruary 27th 2009