Umbria Verde knitwear: Factory visit

October 30th 2017

Bang in the centre of the country, Umbria is often referred to as the ‘green heart’ of Italy. A fertile, forested region, it is known for its truffles and wines - and is where several of the best Italian knitwear factories are located. U...

Umbria Verde knitwear: Factory visit

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Hi Simon, Regarding your second paragraph, both please. Best wishes, Joel...

KnitwearOctober 30th 2017

The guide to summer jacket cloths

July 24th 2017

  In some ways, summer trousers are more challenging than jackets in terms of cloth, and therefore more interesting. Trousers present the challenge of having something cool, but with enough body or crispness to hang straight. Jackets are les...

The guide to summer jacket cloths

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Compared to many other materials it does wear warm, yes. But in a lightweight make like my dupioni that means it's not for high summer, just for other periods. And in wool/silk/linen mixes it's not enough to make a big d...

ClothJuly 24th 2017

Fun with flowers: wearing a buttonhole

August 10th 2015

I like wearing a boutonniere – or buttonhole – on more formal or celebratory occasions. Mostly, I think, because it is another opportunity to play with colour. Having come up with a pleasing combination of suit, shirt, tie and ...

Fun with flowers: wearing a buttonhole

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That sounds good on the overall outfit, but yes I'd be very concerned about the strong red and green. Much better to have one of them more subtle...

StyleAugust 10th 2015

Wearing colour: Tobacco jacket and cream trousers

July 20th 2015

At the BTBA party last month I wanted to try wearing my tobacco-linen jacket separately. It is part of a suit of course, but it was commissioned from Sastreria Langa in Madrid with a ‘shirt’ sleeve and patch pockets to make it c...

Wearing colour: Tobacco jacket and cream trousers

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Cotton chinos are the easiest, certainly. Then denim. I'd say cord next, then linen but only on sunny days. Cav twill is a little hard and my cream flannels hardly get worn at all. Good question!...

Jackets - ShoesJuly 20th 2015

Langa coming to London

November 11th 2014

I’m pleased to say that Spanish tailors Langa will be coming to London for the first time later this month, setting up shop in Holland & Sherry on Savile Row on November 24th and 25th. The cutter Joaquin Fernandez made me the tob...

Langa coming to London

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1. The colonial thing is mostly personal associations. If you don't have those associations, I wouldn't worry. But in general there is no mid-point between something that looks summery, or stands out (beige, cream) and s...

November 11th 2014

Linen suit from Langa: details

September 18th 2014

Some close-up details here on the linen suit from Sastreria Langa that we featured earlier in the week. You can see a few of the tailoring idiosyncrasies, as well as the cloth and work itself in more detail. Langa include both a label for their own...

Linen suit from Langa: details

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What a lovely story Robert. And lovely to hear the archives are proving so fruitful...

Shoes - SuitsSeptember 18th 2014

Linen suit from Langa, Madrid

September 16th 2014

Tobacco brown’s a nice colour, isn’t it? Definitely informal – due to its lightness and saturation – yet with a quiet sophistication. Colonial, particularly in linen, but without the baggage of cream or tan. This is 8-ounce ...

Linen suit from Langa, Madrid

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No, half...

SuitsSeptember 16th 2014

Spanish tailors

July 9th 2014

Over the past couple of years I have got to know several of Spain’s leading tailors fairly well, particularly Langa, Reillo and Calvo de Mora. Spanish tailors can be characterised as flexible and value for money, particularly given the amount...

Spanish tailors

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That would be lovely, yes...

July 9th 2014