Reader profile: Tetsuya

June 19th 2024

Tetsuya Yamashita is a reader that Lucas knows rather than me. Back in the days when he ran the Drake’s pop-up in the old Beige shop in Paris, Tetsuya was a regular visitor, and is still a friend of Beige today. In fact we used their shop as a...

Reader profile: Tetsuya

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I have to say as another Viennese that I disagree here a bit, Markus. You are correct that there are long tourist queues and it has become more touristy, but the place still has a charm. Maybe it no longer has 220 papers...

Jackets - ShoesJune 19th 2024

Holiday attire: A sliding scale of formality

May 29th 2024

By Manish Puri Last week’s article by Simon, ‘Which office are you? A cold current 2024 update’ , focused on cold, wintry colours. I’m here to provide a similar step through using warmer, summery tones. The colours I’ve...

Holiday attire: A sliding scale of formality

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Hi Manish, great read and looks. Sorry off-topic question- looking to finish the buttons on a new blazer (NMWA x Carrara in Drapers Montecarlo brown/taupe). I have a few 3 and 4 button overlap or kissing so want to do so...

StyleMay 29th 2024

Interview with Michel Barnes – and L’...

December 2nd 2019

I think L'Étiquette is the best menswear magazine in the world at the moment. The main reason is its ability to cover bespoke tailoring and high-street casual - Caraceni and Converse - in a way that feels both easy and relevant. This applies ...

Interview with Michel Barnes – and L’...

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I would LOVE to have you as a friend and have regular coffee dates with you, merely to exchange such intelligent views in a manner that is so refreshingly devoid of dogma! Thank you Wes....

StyleDecember 2nd 2019

Skoaktiebolaget and Stoffa in How To Spend It

April 15th 2017

He looks pretty suave doesn't he? Got a good lean on. Patrick at Swedish shoe shop Skoaktiebolaget recently posed for an article of mine, above, in How To Spend It magazine. (A supplement of the Financial Times, and arguably the top luxury publicat...

Skoaktiebolaget and Stoffa in How To Spend It

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Hi Simon, Have you considered writing for publications like Gay Times or Attitude? Both publications are aimed mainly at men and could increase your audience (and income). Best regards Joel...

Casual clothing - ShoesApril 15th 2017

How to buy my first bespoke suit – reader q...

February 3rd 2014

Dear Simon, In a couple of months time I will be 21. This is clearly an important time in one’s life, in my case particularly as I will also be undertaking the purchase of my first bespoke suit. As a regular reader of your blog I’...

How to buy my first bespoke suit – reader q...

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Thanks Sam, great update, and great knowing how timeless this advice has been...

Reader questions - ShoesFebruary 3rd 2014

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

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I think it's unlikely it means anything about quality Simon - if they were seconds or something, they'd have to indicate that. I'd imagine it's just a special order by the store, and the price difference is mostly exchan...

ShoesAugust 12th 2013

Crockett & Jones: the factory, the shoes, the...

August 5th 2013

Last week I was in Northampton visiting a few of the shoemakers, particularly Crockett & Jones and the new Gaziano & Girling factory. I have never owned any Crockett & Jones shoes. But I have heard so many great things from...

Crockett & Jones: the factory, the shoes, the...

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Did anybody do the same reverse engineering with Church's? I have been arguing on the side of Church's for years. I would be interested to know what the findings were....

ShoesAugust 5th 2013

Royal warrant holders at the Coronation Festival

July 15th 2013

This past weekend saw the Coronation Festival in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, at which holders of royal warrants exhibited. The royal warrant is not exactly the mark of quality that some might assume, given that it includes Austin Reed and Daks...

Royal warrant holders at the Coronation Festival

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The latter is more accurate. But K&H are also not really saying they can do anything at all. All adaptation has its limits....

July 15th 2013

Permanent Style in Free & Easy magazine

March 22nd 2013

This column in Japanese magazine Free & Easy is the result of the photo shoot I posted about before Christmas. I have no idea what the Japanese text says, but hopefully it faithfully reports my opinions on shoes and shoe collecting, and desc...

Permanent Style in Free & Easy magazine

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John you wouldn't be so sceptical and ignorant in your reproach if you judged by the content of the magazine. It's one of the best menswear magazines out there in my opinion, much more relevant than the shit they sell in...

ShoesMarch 22nd 2013

Shoe shoot for Free and Easy

November 21st 2012

Photo shoot yesterday for Free and Easy magazine in Japan. They’re doing a special on English shoes, so shots of four pairs of my shoes from four different English shoemakers, and an interview/shoot with me. Photos of that next month when...

Shoe shoot for Free and Easy

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To be honest, I'd say most of the ones I've used for more than one shoe have been similar - Stefano Bemer, Cleverley, Gaziano. Though perhaps with Masaru Okuyama being a little better (see that recent post). The stand-ou...

ShoesNovember 21st 2012

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

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In the Kruger Park in South Africa, being strictly protected, the number of elephants from time to time surpasses the number the land can support. Careful culling is organized under the Park Rangers supervision, and skin...

ShoesFebruary 21st 2011

Book review: The last shall be first

October 12th 2009

This famous book is well-named-: its sub-title is ‘The colourful story of John Lobb, the bootmakers of St James’s’. That colour comes from tales of the young Lobb, social history of the development of bootmaking and pocket biographi...

Book review: The last shall be first

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No worries, and very pleased you enjoyed it too...

ShoesOctober 12th 2009

Rivolta: A brave innovation in bespoke

October 2nd 2009

Milan can easily be underrated by men who love classic style. Given the choice of Italian cities to visit, they would always pick Naples – the home of soft tailoring, that very distinctive shoulder and companies like E Marinella and Kiton (not ...

Rivolta: A brave innovation in bespoke

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ShoesOctober 2nd 2009