Paris: A sartorial shopping guide – 2019 upda...

July 22nd 2019

There are some interesting things going on in French menswear. Although France has generally been the poor cousin to Britain and Italy here, in the last 30 years it seemed to get worse. Most of the good shops closed (Old England, Arnys) and accordin...

Paris: A sartorial shopping guide – 2019 upda...

There are some interesting things going on in French menswear.  Although France has generally been the poor cousin to Britain and Italy here, in the last 30 years it seemed to get worse. Most of the good shops closed (O...

July 22nd 2019

The subtlety of a suede jacket

March 25th 2015

Loro Piana I’ve been pleased to see that suede has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years. Italians like Loro Piana have always done it well – often in a classic Italian mix of brown suede and grey cashmere – but others ...

The subtlety of a suede jacket

Loro Piana I’ve been pleased to see that suede has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years. Italians like Loro Piana have always done it well – often in a classic Italian mix of brown suede and grey cashme...

Casual jackets - JacketsMarch 25th 2015

Five tips on bespoke shoes

July 7th 2014

I do like it when readers suggest posts. You feel you’re fulfilling a need. Two weeks ago, on Five Tips on Bespoke Suits, a reader requested a similar post on bespoke shoes, so here it is. 1 Be conservative I know it’s the same as the f...

Five tips on bespoke shoes

  I do like it when readers suggest posts. You feel you’re fulfilling a need. Two weeks ago, on Five Tips on Bespoke Suits, a reader requested a similar post on bespoke shoes, so here it is. 1 Be conservative I know i...

ShoesJuly 7th 2014

Berluti bespoke shoemaking, Paris

March 17th 2014

I think there’s a good chance that in the next 10 years, a lot of men around the world will come to know bespoke through Berluti. I visited the bespoke shoemaking and tailoring – under the Arnys banner – at the end of la...

Berluti bespoke shoemaking, Paris

I think there’s a good chance that in the next 10 years, a lot of men around the world will come to know bespoke through Berluti. I visited the bespoke shoemaking and tailoring – under the Arnys banner –...

ShoesMarch 17th 2014

A bespoke tour of Paris – Corthay, Cifonelli,...

March 4th 2014

Read my one-day guide to bespoke operators in Paris in the latest article for Essence Lifestyle. Pictured, Pierre Corthay in typically playful mood.

A bespoke tour of Paris – Corthay, Cifonelli,...

Read my one-day guide to bespoke operators in Paris in the latest article for Essence Lifestyle. Pictured, Pierre Corthay in typically playful mood....

Shoes - StyleMarch 4th 2014

Arnys bespoke tailoring at Berluti

December 18th 2013

There haven’t been many people into the Arnys workshop since it was reopened under Berluti’s ownership. Indeed, there is still a ban on photography in the workshop itself, which seems a little odd given it is simply eight people s...

Arnys bespoke tailoring at Berluti

There haven’t been many people into the Arnys workshop since it was reopened under Berluti’s ownership. Indeed, there is still a ban on photography in the workshop itself, which seems a little odd given it is...

December 18th 2013

The growth of men’s bags – FT article

October 18th 2013

The growth of men’s bags as a sector is quite incredible. Menswear as a whole has outstripped women’s clothing for a few years now, as we’ve accepted the idea of buying better clothes and wearing them better. But while it grew 15% w...

The growth of men’s bags – FT article

The growth of men’s bags as a sector is quite incredible. Menswear as a whole has outstripped women’s clothing for a few years now, as we’ve accepted the idea of buying better clothes and wearing them better. But w...

BagsOctober 18th 2013

How to buy quality shoes

August 12th 2013

“If you want to know if a guy is well dressed, look down.” So said US columnist George Frazier back in the 1950s, and his words have never been more true. Men who spend too little on their shoes end up with flimsy things that look old ...

How to buy quality shoes

   “If you want to know if a guy is well dressed, look down.” So said US columnist George Frazier back in the 1950s, and his words have never been more true. Men who spend too little on their shoes end up with flim...

ShoesAugust 12th 2013

Interview: Jean Grimbert, Arnys

September 10th 2012

In June this year, the LVMH group announced that it would be buying the Arnys menswear store on Rue de Sevres in Paris, and converting it into a branch of Berluti, which it has recently expanded into a full menswear brand. This was a crying shame. Ar...

Interview: Jean Grimbert, Arnys

In June this year, the LVMH group announced that it would be buying the Arnys menswear store on Rue de Sevres in Paris, and converting it into a branch of Berluti, which it has recently expanded into a full menswear bran...

StyleSeptember 10th 2012

PEN magazine: Permanent Style big in Japan

September 22nd 2011

You could never refer to yourself as a style icon. But if someone else gives you the title, it’s alright to pass it on, right? Seriously, I was highly flattered to be asked to appear in the latest issue of PEN magazine, which I am told by...

PEN magazine: Permanent Style big in Japan

  You could never refer to yourself as a style icon. But if someone else gives you the title, it’s alright to pass it on, right? Seriously, I was highly flattered to be asked to appear in the latest issue of PEN m...

StyleSeptember 22nd 2011

Shoe news: Cleverley, Edward Green, Berluti

March 17th 2011

A few bits and pieces from the past fortnight that deserve highlighting for shoe enthusiasts. Cleverley is introducing a limited edition Burgundy Calf Churchill shoe – the model first released as a separate limited edition last October – ...

Shoe news: Cleverley, Edward Green, Berluti

A few bits and pieces from the past fortnight that deserve highlighting for shoe enthusiasts. Cleverley is introducing a limited edition Burgundy Calf Churchill shoe – the model first released as a separate limited edi...

ShoesMarch 17th 2011

Altan shoes: primary colour

February 21st 2011

Altan is a small bespoke and ready-to-wear shoemaker in Paris, with three locations across the city. Old Mr Altan, the father of the boys currently running the business, trained with Berluti and Lobb. He still does bespoke, and makes some lovely mode...

Altan shoes: primary colour

Altan is a small bespoke and ready-to-wear shoemaker in Paris, with three locations across the city. Old Mr Altan, the father of the boys currently running the business, trained with Berluti and Lobb. He still does bespo...

ShoesFebruary 21st 2011

Leather cycling shoes at Quoc Pham

January 21st 2011

Leather makes a lot of sense as a material for cycling shoes. It’s wind-resistant but breathable, sturdy if thick or reinforced, and moulds well when closely fitted. It’s only real disadvantage is its weight and – when compared to s...

Leather cycling shoes at Quoc Pham

Leather makes a lot of sense as a material for cycling shoes. It’s wind-resistant but breathable, sturdy if thick or reinforced, and moulds well when closely fitted. It’s only real disadvantage is its weight and – ...

January 21st 2011

Berluti repatination – the after shots

August 23rd 2010

The after shots – Berluti Fil d’Ariane after a repatination from the guys in London. In hindsight I might have gone for slightly less contrast between the two colours down the sides of the shoe. I like the merging of the colours m...

Berluti repatination – the after shots

The after shots – Berluti Fil d’Ariane after a repatination from the guys in London. In hindsight I might have gone for slightly less contrast between the two colours down the sides of the shoe. I like the me...

ShoesAugust 23rd 2010

Shoes being re-patinated at Berluti

August 16th 2010

I watched my Berluti shoes being re-patinated last week. This is a service the company offers to anyone – they recommend that you take the shoes away, wear them half a dozen times (without polishing them) and bring them back in. It enables the ...

Shoes being re-patinated at Berluti

I watched my Berluti shoes being re-patinated last week. This is a service the company offers to anyone – they recommend that you take the shoes away, wear them half a dozen times (without polishing them) and bring the...

ShoesAugust 16th 2010

Segun Adelaja: A tailor in an emporium

February 24th 2010

Segun Adelaja knows the industry. The day we met we ended up talking for a long time about the expansion of small brands like Berluti, their raw materials and supply chains. About what happens when a small company is bought out and how you manage qua...

Segun Adelaja: A tailor in an emporium

Segun Adelaja knows the industry. The day we met we ended up talking for a long time about the expansion of small brands like Berluti, their raw materials and supply chains. About what happens when a small company is bou...

February 24th 2010

Berluti polishing events, and luggage

September 25th 2009

The shoe polishing events that Berluti holds for its loyal customers are legendary. Started by Olga Berluti and nicknamed the Swann Club, it involves gentlemen taking over their beloved shoes, sitting at a dinner table in their cotton socks and polis...

Berluti polishing events, and luggage

The shoe polishing events that Berluti holds for its loyal customers are legendary. Started by Olga Berluti and nicknamed the Swann Club, it involves gentlemen taking over their beloved shoes, sitting at a dinner table i...

Bags - ShoesSeptember 25th 2009

New Berluti line: Pierre

August 6th 2009

Every few of years Berluti comes out with a new line. In 2004, Olga III; in 2006, Demesures; this year it’s Pierre. I have to say it’s a lot more appealing to my tastes than some previous offerings. A very slim, classic line, it w...

New Berluti line: Pierre

Every few of years Berluti comes out with a new line. In 2004, Olga III; in 2006, Demesures; this year it’s Pierre. I have to say it’s a lot more appealing to my tastes than some previous offerings. A very sl...

ShoesAugust 6th 2009