Some interesting Pitti picks: Mixing patterns, la...

January 20th 2023

As we did last year, during Pitti I picked out a few people and outfits that I really liked, but that could have been missed - because they’re not Ethan, Jake or Tatsuya Nakamura. They’re deliberately a mix of smart and casual, tailoring...

Some interesting Pitti picks: Mixing patterns, la...

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I love the baseball caps shown above. I've found that most caps don't fit or work for me, due to a head shape that's not in the standard distribution. Any recommendations on brands or sources for getting a fitted cap tha...

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Reader profile: David E

December 19th 2022

David is an example of a reader that has been into clothes for a long time, and now looks back on it from the perspective of a professional and father, fitting that interest into a life that has changed dramatically. A resident of south-east London...

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I see your point, but it also seems like you wear them in a very limited amount of occasions, or at least very limited for me as I don't go to church and I don't go to the opera that often, so it would leave me with the ...

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My battered Barbour: A rewaxing service to recommend

June 27th 2022

By André Larnyoh When I first got this Barbour jacket, I remember wondering if it was really me. I was around 19, taking all my inspiration from Pinterest boards and The Ivy Handbook. A waxed motorcycle jacket seemed off the beaten track. But...

My battered Barbour: A rewaxing service to recommend

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Hi,my grandson is now wearing his late granddad's Barbour jacket after having it re waxed. His older brother did the same some years ago. The jacket is about 35+years old..Their granddad would have been dead chuffed to s...

Casual clothing - JacketsJune 27th 2022

Reader profile: Mattia

January 17th 2022

I met Mattia during our recent pop-up shop on Savile Row. A Permanent Style reader, he is also a fashion student, which gives him an interesting perspective on classic menswear. I enjoyed talking to him, and his friends, about their studies and the...

Reader profile: Mattia

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I loved reading this and I love Mattia's style. As someone who doesn't earn a lot of money most of my reading here is pipe dream stuff. But me and mattia are on the same boat - there is a way to dress well for under 3k! ...

Denim - JacketsJanuary 17th 2022

Light relief: Jamie’s clothes and style

April 8th 2020

  OK, so. Friend and photographer Jamie Ferguson has been locked up indoors for weeks, as we all have. And he’s gone a bit stir crazy. We had started talking a while ago about shoots we could do remotely. Perhaps looking at a few out...

Light relief: Jamie’s clothes and style

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Good morning..Jamie is having fun ...being well dressed..bravo!!! Peace...

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Five paradigms of casual clothing: Which do you w...

February 28th 2018

Although casual clothing is far more susceptible to fashions than tailored clothing, it is possible to organize it into certain groups, or paradigms. These groups, such as preppy clothing or workwear, often have their roots in particular parts of th...

Five paradigms of casual clothing: Which do you w...

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Great article and very thought provoking. A useful thought exercise. I think it is also interesting to think how one's own regional customs play into the categories. For example, a flannel (particularly Buffalo Plaid) an...

Casual clothing - DenimFebruary 28th 2018

The sartorial journey: How to dress like George Wang

November 7th 2016

  It’s been a while since we’ve included anyone in this series – which began with Bruce Boyer and Alan See – for which I apologise. The next to be included is George Wang, owner of the BRIO store in Beijing, China. Ge...

The sartorial journey: How to dress like George Wang

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I don't I'm afraid Daniel...

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Best of British: Buy your personalised copy

November 26th 2015

My third book this year, published by Prestel and in bookstores worldwide, is now available. It is called Best of British: The Stories Behind Britain’s Iconic Brands. The book covers 14 British manufacturers that are over 100 years’ ol...

Best of British: Buy your personalised copy

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Their top end is still a good level - which is what we feature in the book. But generally the focus of this book is on history and stories of England's oldest manufacturers, so quality was less of a concern (eg Barbour.....

November 26th 2015

Talking through the Barbour archive

March 27th 2015

Gary Janes, the head of design and development at Barbour, talks us through two of the earliest pieces in the Barbour archive – from the beginning of the twentieth century. The design has stayed remarkably consistent, blending very practi...

Talking through the Barbour archive

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Very informative clip; would be great to see more video on the site, I think this format works well....

Casual clothingMarch 27th 2015

Begg and Barbour in HTSI

March 17th 2015

For those that follow my column for How to Spend It magazine (part of the Financial Times), there have been two articles in the past month – on Barbour and on Begg. We’ve stuck with this format for almost 18 months now, as resp...

Begg and Barbour in HTSI

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Many thanks Simon, I will try that combination!...

Hanks and scarves - Umbrellas and glovesMarch 17th 2015

Barbour: The archive

March 16th 2015

Although my opinion of Barbour was much raised by seeing the repairs department last month, the highlight of that trip was the archive. The oldest piece (below) is from 1910 – a simple, knee-length double-breasted coat in yellowy waxed c...

Barbour: The archive

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I'm sure they would be Tina, but you will have to contact them direct. Best contact is [email protected]

Casual clothingMarch 16th 2015

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 their commitment to service and r...

Barbour: Factory and repairs

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Well that would certainly fit the bill for winter, yes. For other seasons, a blouson in cotton or even wool might be nice...

Casual clothing - Factory visitsMarch 4th 2015

In front of the Barbour beacon

March 2nd 2015

Last week three of us visited the Barbour factory in South Shields, in the name of a new book on British heritage brands. Given we were researching the stories behind the companies, it was natural to stay next to the lighthouse that was the early ...

In front of the Barbour beacon

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It's a vintage model Will, profiled here....

Casual clothing - DenimMarch 2nd 2015

How great things age: Barbour motorcycle jacket

May 23rd 2014

During my recent series of posts on Levi’s bespoke jeans, a reader commented that he didn’t like denim because it didn’t drape like wool, linen or other materials commonly used for suiting. He’s not wrong, but denim and oth...

How great things age: Barbour motorcycle jacket

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Nice jacket! I like this....

Casual clothingMay 23rd 2014

Barbour video: the factory and the aftercare

September 13th 2012

I love this video made in the Barbour factory and the homes of some of its long-term customers. Barbours are great for patination – a fancy word for ‘dirt’ in this case – and I didn’t realise how much...

Barbour video: the factory and the aftercare

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My father bought me one when I was sent off to school. I grew out of it and my brother adopted it, and then two cousins did the same. I have had the same one I purchased while at uni fifteen years ago, and it feels even ...

Casual clothing - Factory visitsSeptember 13th 2012