Connolly: Style and fashion meet on Clifford Street

July 14th 2017

Connolly, which opened on Clifford Street at the end of last year, is one of the most interesting new menswear stores London has had for a while. It offers luxury clothing, both under its own name and a few European brands ( Charvet, Car Shoe, Stile...

Connolly: Style and fashion meet on Clifford Street

Connolly, which opened on Clifford Street at the end of last year, is one of the most interesting new menswear stores London has had for a while. It offers luxury clothing, both under its own name and a few European bra...

Bags - Belts and walletsJuly 14th 2017

Charvet bespoke shirt: Review

June 5th 2017

First off, I would like to apologise to readers that this review has taken so long. There has simply been so much going on that it has been hard to find the time to prioritise it. Now, to Charvet. I had this shirt made last year, following two visi...

Charvet bespoke shirt: Review

First off, I would like to apologise to readers that this review has taken so long. There has simply been so much going on that it has been hard to find the time to prioritise it.  Now, to Charvet. I had this shirt mad...

ShirtsJune 5th 2017

Charvet bespoke shirts, Paris

June 13th 2016

There are many reasons to commission a bespoke piece of clothing. I think the decision I made earlier in the year to order a bespoke shirt at Charvet, however, was the first time I have done so out of pure curiosity. I used to have shirts made by Tu...

Charvet bespoke shirts, Paris

There are many reasons to commission a bespoke piece of clothing. I think the decision I made earlier in the year to order a bespoke shirt at Charvet, however, was the first time I have done so out of pure curiosity....

ShirtsJune 13th 2016

Paris: A sartorial shopping guide

February 22nd 2016

Although Paris has never been a centre of menswear – unlike London or Milan – there is a surprisingly broad range of small companies and artisans worth visiting. More, arguably, than anywhere in Italy outside Naples. The produc...

Paris: A sartorial shopping guide

   Although Paris has never been a centre of menswear – unlike London or Milan – there is a surprisingly broad range of small companies and artisans worth visiting. More, arguably, than anywhere in Italy ou...

February 22nd 2016

Jean-Claude Colban, Charvet

December 15th 2015

Jean-Claude Colban, of Charvet shirts in Paris, is one of my favourite people in the world. Both eloquent and erudite, he is a softly spoken oracle. And he has the most amazing eyebrows. Photo by Jamie Ferguson

Jean-Claude Colban, Charvet

   Jean-Claude Colban, of Charvet shirts in Paris, is one of my favourite people in the world. Both eloquent and erudite, he is a softly spoken oracle.  And he has the most amazing eyebrows.     Photo by  Jamie Fe...

December 15th 2015

Jean-Claude Colban of Charvet, Paris

March 18th 2015

I am in Paris tomorrow, and one of the highlights will be catching up with Jean-Claude Colban of shirtmakers Charvet. A scholar and a gentleman, Jean-Claude is both one of the most knowledgeable people you will ever meet in the industry, and one o...

Jean-Claude Colban of Charvet, Paris

  I am in Paris tomorrow, and one of the highlights will be catching up with Jean-Claude Colban of shirtmakers Charvet.  A scholar and a gentleman, Jean-Claude is both one of the most knowledgeable people you will ever...

March 18th 2015

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

Charvet ties: the cost of choice

February 12th 2014

The cost of variety is rarely appreciated by consumers. Among all the things that make up the price of a piece of clothing – materials, labour, rent, tax, marketing, R&D – the waste implicit in a broad range is hardly ever conside...

Charvet ties: the cost of choice

The cost of variety is rarely appreciated by consumers. Among all the things that make up the price of a piece of clothing – materials, labour, rent, tax, marketing, R&D – the waste implicit in a broad range is h...

Socks and underwear - TiesFebruary 12th 2014

Salvatore Piccolo – bespoke and RTW shirts

January 17th 2014

Salvatore Piccolo is best known as a Neapolitan shirt brand – his shirts and accessories are stocked in a few leading stores, including Trunk in London and United Arrows in Tokyo. But he started as a bespoke shirtmaker, learning from his mother...

Salvatore Piccolo – bespoke and RTW shirts

Salvatore Piccolo is best known as a Neapolitan shirt brand – his shirts and accessories are stocked in a few leading stores, including Trunk in London and United Arrows in Tokyo. But he started as a bespoke shirtmaker...

ShirtsJanuary 17th 2014

Interview: Jean-Claude Colban, Charvet

December 26th 2013

On Monday my latest column for How to Spend It was published, in which I talked to Jean-Claude Colban (above) of Charvet in Paris about the state of the cotton and silk industries – and his project to create the perfect white shirting. Belo...

Interview: Jean-Claude Colban, Charvet

On Monday my latest column for How to Spend It was published, in which I talked to Jean-Claude Colban (above) of Charvet in Paris about the state of the cotton and silk industries – and his project to create the pe...

December 26th 2013

The perfect white shirt, and dress shirt variations

December 24th 2013

This past weekend I had two articles published that readers might appreciate. In How to Spend It, the latest installment of my ‘Inside Track’ column looked at the cloth development process at Charvet, with an interview with the lo...

The perfect white shirt, and dress shirt variations

This past weekend I had two articles published that readers might appreciate. In How to Spend It, the latest installment of my ‘Inside Track’ column looked at the cloth development process at Charvet, with an...

ShirtsDecember 24th 2013

Sette ties: true seven folds

April 9th 2012

I am asked fairly regularly to review ties, often produced by new, small companies. Ties are, I suppose, quite easy to sell online and the lower costs of doing so makes them an obvious product to start with. But it surprises me how few of these I lik...

Sette ties: true seven folds

I am asked fairly regularly to review ties, often produced by new, small companies. Ties are, I suppose, quite easy to sell online and the lower costs of doing so makes them an obvious product to start with. But it surpr...

TiesApril 9th 2012

Dressing gowns at Stephen Lachter

June 9th 2011

A dressing gown is not the most obvious thing to have made. There are some perfectly lovely ready-to-wear gowns from people like Turnbull & Asser (ask about specials there), Drake’s and Charvet. And fit is hardly the biggest concern &n...

Dressing gowns at Stephen Lachter

A dressing gown is not the most obvious thing to have made. There are some perfectly lovely ready-to-wear gowns from people like Turnbull & Asser (ask about specials there), Drake’s and Charvet. And fit is hardly ...

June 9th 2011

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