A guide to piqué cotton polo shirts

April 4th 2022

By Manish Puri Whilst the recent sun in London has brought a sugar rush of excitement for the warmer days that lie ahead, it also brings a more troubling, recurring question: how do I usually dress for summer? It shouldn’t be difficult to answ...

A guide to piqué cotton polo shirts

By Manish Puri Whilst the recent sun in London has brought a sugar rush of excitement for the warmer days that lie ahead, it also brings a more troubling, recurring question: how do I usually dress for summer? It should...

Casual clothing - ShirtsApril 4th 2022

A guide to brands of unstructured jacket

February 7th 2022

By Manish Puri Whilst soft tailoring is hardly a new concept, there’s something about unstructured tailoring that feels particularly in sync with modern life: it’s indisputably more casual, reframes imperfections as characteristics, is l...

A guide to brands of unstructured jacket

By Manish Puri Whilst soft tailoring is hardly a new concept, there’s something about unstructured tailoring that feels particularly in sync with modern life: it’s indisputably more casual, reframes imperfections as...

JacketsFebruary 7th 2022

Brioni bespoke jacket and trousers: Review

October 13th 2021

This Brioni jacket was made for me under their bespoke programme, using the London store on Bruton Street. We also made a pair of cotton trousers, which I cover lower down, and a shirt. In our previous article , I made the case for Brioni as a besp...

Brioni bespoke jacket and trousers: Review

This Brioni jacket was made for me under their bespoke programme, using the London store on Bruton Street. We also made a pair of cotton trousers, which I cover lower down, and a shirt.  In our previous article , I mad...

Jackets - TrousersOctober 13th 2021

Brioni bespoke tailoring

September 22nd 2021

*Note: This article has been updated from its original version, to correct a point about hand padding. Details in the new version, below* A few months ago, Brioni contacted me to ask if I would be interested in having a suit made, in order to review...

Brioni bespoke tailoring

*Note: This article has been updated from its original version, to correct a point about hand padding. Details in the new version, below* A few months ago, Brioni contacted me to ask if I would be interested in having a...

Jackets - SuitsSeptember 22nd 2021

The 1-6 suit rating system

May 11th 2015

My interview with Jonathan Clay last week went down well with readers – perhaps because he’s not the kind of person that would normally be interviewed. As the supplier of Italian ready-made suits, he sees all sides of the indust...

The 1-6 suit rating system

  My interview with Jonathan Clay last week went down well with readers – perhaps because he’s not the kind of person that would normally be interviewed. As the supplier of Italian ready-made suits, he sees ...

SuitsMay 11th 2015

First Harrod’s video on suits and style

October 4th 2013

The film was made to coincide with the made-to-measure events coming up at Harrod’s. You can see the other video with Richard James here.

First Harrod’s video on suits and style

The film was made to coincide with the made-to-measure events coming up at Harrod’s. You can see the other video with Richard James here....

Suits - VideoOctober 4th 2013

The modern man needs a good blazer

August 17th 2011

Men wear fewer suits today, as we all know. But they retain the need for a jacket, if only to appear smart or professional. Two of my friends, a doctor and a teacher, are particular examples. Their jobs do not require them to wear a suit, yet a jacke...

The modern man needs a good blazer

Men wear fewer suits today, as we all know. But they retain the need for a jacket, if only to appear smart or professional. Two of my friends, a doctor and a teacher, are particular examples. Their jobs do not require th...

StyleAugust 17th 2011

The hand of the artisan

October 29th 2010

After long gestation, The Rake magazine has finally launched its coffee-table book, Hand of the Artisan: The Soul of Italian Luxury. It is a tour through 17 different Italian manufacturers, heavily illustrated with handsome, technical and usually bla...

The hand of the artisan

After long gestation, The Rake magazine has finally launched its coffee-table book, Hand of the Artisan: The Soul of Italian Luxury. It is a tour through 17 different Italian manufacturers, heavily illustrated with hands...

October 29th 2010

The commissions of Timothy Everest

September 27th 2010

Timothy Everest is a beast of many parts. A tailor who began his career sketching designs for Tommy Nutter, lauded at one point as a saviour of Savile Row alongside Ozwald Boateng and Richard James, he now keeps a delightfully eccentric townhouse in ...

The commissions of Timothy Everest

Timothy Everest is a beast of many parts. A tailor who began his career sketching designs for Tommy Nutter, lauded at one point as a saviour of Savile Row alongside Ozwald Boateng and Richard James, he now keeps a deligh...

September 27th 2010

The details of Pal Zileri Sartoriale

January 18th 2010

Italian brands like Canali, Corneliani, Zegna and Pal Zileri all place a lot of emphasis upon the family ethic of their production and the hand-made nature of their suits. At least with the highest label, such as Zegna’s Couture or Sartoriale a...

The details of Pal Zileri Sartoriale

Italian brands like Canali, Corneliani, Zegna and Pal Zileri all place a lot of emphasis upon the family ethic of their production and the hand-made nature of their suits. At least with the highest label, such as Zegna...

January 18th 2010

A short talk with Andrea Perrone

October 23rd 2009

I’ve been a fan of Brioni co-CEO Andrea Perrone’s personal style ever since issue 2 of The Rake. Perrone was the cover star, part of a feature on Brioni and wearing a checked sportscoat with a dark cardigan, white shirt unbuttoned at the ...

A short talk with Andrea Perrone

I’ve been a fan of Brioni co-CEO Andrea Perrone’s personal style ever since issue 2 of The Rake. Perrone was the cover star, part of a feature on Brioni and wearing a checked sportscoat with a dark cardigan, white sh...

StyleOctober 23rd 2009

The Rake is now online

May 9th 2009

The Rake is simply the best magazine for classic men’s style out there. It is only three issues old, and already it has featured the history of Brioni, a technical explanation of the seven-fold tie and an analysis of the fit of both trouser...

The Rake is now online

The Rake is simply the best magazine for classic men’s style out there. It is only three issues old, and already it has featured the history of Brioni, a technical explanation of the seven-fold tie and an analysis ...

May 9th 2009

Charvet and Brioni: Mass producers

March 19th 2009

The most relied upon measures of luxury today are the materials used in a garment and how much manpower went into it. The second of those measurements might not be as straightforward as you think. True bespoke is done by one tailor, from scratch, to ...

Charvet and Brioni: Mass producers

The most relied upon measures of luxury today are the materials used in a garment and how much manpower went into it. The second of those measurements might not be as straightforward as you think. True bespoke is done by...

March 19th 2009