Christmas Gift List 2023: Do not read!

December 8th 2023

Permanent Style reader, this is not for you. This is intended for your wife/husband/partner/child/dog, in an attempt to help source a Christmas present for someone who, let’s face it, is very fussy in general but particularly about clothing. ...

Christmas Gift List 2023: Do not read!

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I'd go off the shoes primarily, and I think both suede or leather would be fine, I don't think leather would be too smart...

Belts and wallets - Black tieDecember 8th 2023

Reader profile: Patrick

May 4th 2022

Patrick Dawson is a retired news correspondent, now living in London. During his career he worked for ABC, CNN and NBC and covered the Balkans War from Kosovo, the Gulf War from Kuwait, and was the first NBC correspondent on the ground during 9/11. ...

Reader profile: Patrick

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Pat Dawson has -always- looked great. He and I competed in local news in NYC back in the late 80s, and even then he was the best-dressed man I knew. I'm not at all surprised it has continued....

StyleMay 4th 2022

Autumn/Winter Top 10: Wax, Ivy and secateurs

October 11th 2021

This year’s A/W Top 10 list includes a sprinkling of new names, but a lot of familiar ones too. I don’t think this is unexpected or unwelcome. The world of classic, crafted menswear is not large, primarily because men still don’t ...

Autumn/Winter Top 10: Wax, Ivy and secateurs

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Hello Paul. I don’t know how easy it is to physically see C&J in Geneva so here is a close up of their rough out suede leather in brown if that helps, as sometimes official website pictures are met that helpful. I ...

Casual clothing - DenimOctober 11th 2021

Bespoke socks, at Mes Chaussettes Rouges

May 22nd 2020

Do most people need bespoke socks? No. Most people are fine with simple small, medium and large sizing. And when you get into proper sock sizes (10, 10.5, 11) everyone is catered for. Do they need specific colours, or materials? Well possibly, but ...

Bespoke socks, at Mes Chaussettes Rouges

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Thanks for the recommendation, Danny. I'll have to try those out!...

Socks and underwearMay 22nd 2020

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

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 up...

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Thanks Stanislav, yes need to update these!...

July 22nd 2019

Brand round-up: R. Culturi, Mes Chaussettes Rouge...

March 20th 2017

1 R. Culturi There are many brands launching ties or handkerchiefs online these days, given it’s an easy area to try and express something new - and the lack of sizing makes it relatively easy to sell online. One that was shown to me recently ...

Brand round-up: R. Culturi, Mes Chaussettes Rouge...

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I owe MCR an apology - they replied very quickly to my complaint and reassured me that although my password was shown in the email, the email itself was encrypted. So all-in-all a good response....

Hanks and scarves - Socks and underwearMarch 20th 2017

A 2015 Christmas list

December 9th 2015

Last year I did a Christmas list around this time, collecting together some of my favourite things offered by the advertisers on Permanent Style. We don’t do much to shout about these brands that fund everything on PS, so I thought nice to d...

A 2015 Christmas list

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From what I understand they're the same quality - solid without being the best in the world...

December 9th 2015

My Christmas list

November 28th 2014

At this time of year I normally do a list of Christmas gift suggestions. Apparently last year a reader took the initiative and left a print-out of the list sitting on a coffee table at home. It did the trick – a couple of the items turned...

My Christmas list

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I actually find that fine linen is very comfortable in that regard...

November 28th 2014

A (Christmas) word from our sponsors

November 18th 2013

One of the nice things about having nice advertisers is the range of Christmas shopping ideas they present. Here are my favourites. Among the best additions to the collection at Drake’s are the untipped cashmeres in various shades of grey. The ...

A (Christmas) word from our sponsors

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A Fine Pair of Shoes - my supplier of Saphir Shoe & Leather Polish and related products, probably the best around!...

Bags - Belts and walletsNovember 18th 2013

Alain Stark, Stark & Sons

August 6th 2012

Alain Stark Paris tailor Stark & Sons is not on the same scale as Smalto or Cifonelli. But it is well known for producing the intricate dress coats worn by the members of L’Académie Fran ç aise, also known as the immortal...

Alain Stark, Stark & Sons

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Yeah, the only mention of the MTM program is a one page visit by Kirby Allison, who's getting a suit made up presently....

August 6th 2012

Three truths, universally acknowledged

March 19th 2012

There are certain tendencies among stylish men that never make it into the lists of rules. They are not as intuitive or easily explained, perhaps, as covering your waist when wearing black tie or matching your socks to your trousers. But they are alm...

Three truths, universally acknowledged

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I can see how it could be considered a little dandy, but again I think it's a very small point to be honest. I wouldn't think it would ever be inappropriate...

March 19th 2012

Christmas suggestions

December 7th 2011

If you’re anything like me, Christmas shopping begins in earnest this week. Just long enough ahead to get everything done, but little enough time to inject a little panic into the process. Here are a few suggestions from a few of my favourites....

Christmas suggestions

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Excellent post....

StyleDecember 7th 2011

Pochette Square: Good and bad handkerchiefs

September 12th 2011

There is an increasing number of websites selling good men’s accessories today. But while they are nearly all better than the bog-standard fare we had to put up with on the high street for years, the quality does vary. A new French site (why ar...

Pochette Square: Good and bad handkerchiefs

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I can recommend pochette-square. Their silk handkerchiefs are very impressive - although I agree with you about the size: they offer the traditional European size squares where as I we in the UK (and the USA) prefer a mu...

Hanks and scarvesSeptember 12th 2011

J Panther: Dedication to detail

February 23rd 2011

A few weeks ago a happy coincidence meant that I was able to meet Johnny Diamandis from J Panther Luggage. Although it is a US brand, based in New York, Johnny is English and was swinging through London on a visa run. The same thing happened with Mes...

J Panther: Dedication to detail

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I don't I'm afraid, but do contact them. They are very helpful and responsive in my experience...

BagsFebruary 23rd 2011

My red socks

February 14th 2011

Jacques Tiberghien and Vincent Metzger discovered the small house of Gammarelli in Rome several years ago. Although only a small workshop, it makes all the outfits, from robes to mitres, for the pope, cardinals and bishops of Rome. Jacques and Vincen...

My red socks

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I have sweaty feet and run cold so I’ll test a high thread count superfine merino version and report back....

Socks and underwearFebruary 14th 2011