Some interesting Pitti picks: Mixing patterns, la...

January 20th 2023

As we did last year, during Pitti I picked out a few people and outfits that I really liked, but that could have been missed - because they’re not Ethan, Jake or Tatsuya Nakamura. They’re deliberately a mix of smart and casual, tailoring...

Some interesting Pitti picks: Mixing patterns, la...

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I love the baseball caps shown above. I've found that most caps don't fit or work for me, due to a head shape that's not in the standard distribution. Any recommendations on brands or sources for getting a fitted cap tha...

StyleJanuary 20th 2023

Proportions and high/low: Lessons from womenswear

January 9th 2023

By André Larnyoh The world of women’s fashion is huge. In variety, scope and scale, it towers above menswear. Yet, usually, men keep women’s styling at arm’s length, because it seems so different to what we know, and because...

Proportions and high/low: Lessons from womenswear

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I think there's a key point here, André. There's a fine line between loose fit and too big, just as there is with slim vs skinny/too right....

StyleJanuary 9th 2023

Crowley Vintage: Shopping a look

November 18th 2022

Crowley Vintage is a vintage shop in Brooklyn, New York with a more particular angle than most. We’ve talked in the past about different types of vintage - those that focus on older or newer, on rarity or thrift - but there are few that focus...

Crowley Vintage: Shopping a look

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Thanks, no I didn't. We went to several other places in Brooklyn, like 10ft Single and Raggedy Threads, and a bunch on Bedford Avenue that had some interesting takes on vintage (usually more modern, but sometimes with a ...

November 18th 2022

Autumn/Winter picks 2022: J Press, RM Williams, A...

October 31st 2022

L’Impermeabile gilet, at John Simons £435 This lightly waxed gilet, particularly in the pale beige colour, is reminiscent of the Eddie Bauer style that has become popular in recent years. It’s 100% cotton on the outside though, whi...

Autumn/Winter picks 2022: J Press, RM Williams, A...

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Cheers Mike. I'm not sure about the stripes to be honest, and the price makes me worry a little on the quality side (plus the spandex included). But I didn't know the brand and maker before, so it's really good to be awa...

Coats - KnitwearOctober 31st 2022

The Spring Top 10: Fun, paper and lavender

April 20th 2022

It’s that time of the year again. Brands have been receiving all the spring clothing they ordered last year, even though they weren’t quite sure whether it would arrive, or be swallowed by an unexpected lockdown. So rejoice, there are n...

The Spring Top 10: Fun, paper and lavender

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Thank you for pointing out carrier company. The jacket was not for me but I came across the fisherman’s jumper. A robust navy roll neck with raglan sleeves - I has been looking for one like this with raglan sleeves for...

Casual clothing - CoatsApril 20th 2022

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

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Casual clothing - ShirtsApril 4th 2022

Behind the scenes: The design work at Ralph Lauren

June 23rd 2021

I don’t think consumers value design that much any more. They concentrate on price and (more justifiable) quality, but design often gets swamped by hype. What is fashionable rather than what’s well-designed. A large part of the reason is...

Behind the scenes: The design work at Ralph Lauren

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Interesting article on Fred Castleberry here: https://nypost.com/2022/12/09/nyc-luxury-designer-fred-castleberry-jailed-over-child-support/...

June 23rd 2021

Outfits I got wrong

February 19th 2021

Everyone gets stuff wrong. We all have outfits we look back on years later, and cringe. Fortunately, I believe this is something where you learn and progress. It is not a cycle of fashions, where every few years you wear something different, and di...

Outfits I got wrong

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yes I would Jack...

Casual clothing - ShoesFebruary 19th 2021

My Summer shoes

July 29th 2020

  Shoes can be one of the trickiest areas for clothing in the summer. Unless we require a jacket, it’s pretty simple to wear a well-cut polo shirt on top and drapey linen trousers on the bottom, and stay cool. But shoes are always re...

My Summer shoes

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So we're talking deck shoes, here from Paraboot in a dark brown? I think they're always going to be a push with a sports jacket. Not impossible by any means, but you'd have to be leaning heavily into the Ivy sack jacket,...

ShoesJuly 29th 2020

Lockdown looks: What I really wore at home

June 19th 2020

Every day, when I get dressed, there is something new I’m interested in wearing. Not necessarily new clothing, but a new outfit, a new combination of colours, perhaps a mixing of styles. And sometimes just a combination that feels new, becaus...

Lockdown looks: What I really wore at home

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It's hard sometimes to quantify precisely, because of the combination of gauge and ply - the gauge meaning it might be chunky hard but it's more loosely put together. Our shawl is a little like that....

StyleJune 19th 2020

The unexpected inspiration of Ralph Lauren womens...

May 4th 2020

Something that I find often surprises readers is how much the brands they admire are influenced by womenswear. It’s a topic we discussed briefly with Saman Amel last year, with Dag and Saman talking about old collections that inspired them, m...

The unexpected inspiration of Ralph Lauren womens...

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Great recommendation. Thanks Jeldrik...

StyleMay 4th 2020

Don your highborn cloak: Ralph Lauren, saviour?

April 15th 2020

I recently finished reading In His Own Fashion , the official biography of Ralph Lauren, which Alan Flusser kindly gave me last year. I’d recommend it to anyone - it’s both interesting as a history of fashion in the past 50 years, and i...

Don your highborn cloak: Ralph Lauren, saviour?

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RLPL and Ollie Edwards! At first, my wife used to give me odd looks when she saw me looking at numerous and numerous pics of those two. 😀 Now she's used to it and actually sends me a link every time she finds somethin...

StyleApril 15th 2020

Light relief: Jamie’s clothes and style

April 8th 2020

  OK, so. Friend and photographer Jamie Ferguson has been locked up indoors for weeks, as we all have. And he’s gone a bit stir crazy. We had started talking a while ago about shoots we could do remotely. Perhaps looking at a few out...

Light relief: Jamie’s clothes and style

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Good morning..Jamie is having fun ...being well dressed..bravo!!! Peace...

StyleApril 8th 2020

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2019

April 24th 2019

Last week the weather in London turned from 12 degrees to 22 in a couple of days. It seems that what passes for the English Spring is finally here. Of course, with most shops and brands Spring/Summer collections arrived in February, and went on sale...

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2019

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Probably, yes, aside from vintage versions...

Bags - Casual clothingApril 24th 2019

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2018

May 2nd 2018

Last week a friend in the industry asked me what aspect of writing Permanent Style I like the most. It is always, easily, discovering a new tailor, cloth or product that is different and inspiring. That journey from discovering something new, to see...

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2018

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Hey Gab, They have aged pretty well, yes, though I'd say Aspesi is generally a good Italian brand but not the best quality around. The materials in the polo were good, but there was nothing that special about the make. I...

Bags - Casual clothingMay 2nd 2018

Five paradigms of casual clothing: Which do you w...

February 28th 2018

Although casual clothing is far more susceptible to fashions than tailored clothing, it is possible to organize it into certain groups, or paradigms. These groups, such as preppy clothing or workwear, often have their roots in particular parts of th...

Five paradigms of casual clothing: Which do you w...

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Great article and very thought provoking. A useful thought exercise. I think it is also interesting to think how one's own regional customs play into the categories. For example, a flannel (particularly Buffalo Plaid) an...

Casual clothing - DenimFebruary 28th 2018

Saman Amel made-to-measure jacket: Review

January 22nd 2018

It’s so enjoyable writing good reviews. It is valuable to write balanced, semi-critical pieces of course, and this is a core part of Permanent Style. But you always feel very conscious of the effect the criticism will have, and bad even if it&...

Saman Amel made-to-measure jacket: Review

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Thank you, that helped a lot....

JacketsJanuary 22nd 2018

Brands need to talk about product

December 29th 2017

There are several ways to define the menswear world we write about. As classic style, for instance, or about quality and craft. Also as luxury, given such quality is expensive. But one aspect that is rarely emphasised, and should be more in my opini...

Brands need to talk about product

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Well, my main point was, that the quality is often not there. I don't have an issue with paying a premium price for a premium product, but I won't pay it for an average or even below average product. Here's an example: R...

December 29th 2017

Our Autumn knitwear Top 10

October 11th 2017

The survey we did of Spring/Summer pieces in the shops was very popular back in June. This Autumn/Winter, therefore, we thought we’d do two separate ones - the first (today) on winter knitwear, and the second on casual winter coats. As with th...

Our Autumn knitwear Top 10

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Hi Sebastian, Bear in mind that Scott & Charters was unusual in selling direct to retail as a mill, and I think over time they've proven why, as it's a hard model for a factory to do if they don't invest in the retail si...

KnitwearOctober 11th 2017

Anglo-Italian denim and Ralph Lauren cardigan

August 18th 2017

Rather a contrast this to Wednesday's post on dressing for hot weather. But it's good to look ahead to Autumn (God I'm looking forward to it - the coats, the knitwear, the hats!). And it's nice to be able to write about something that's actually in...

Anglo-Italian denim and Ralph Lauren cardigan

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It's a mix of two things: the cut I find a little too slim and tapered now, and the washes I don't like that much - they feel a bit too artificial. I'd go with raw denim and wear them in yourself....

Denim - KnitwearAugust 18th 2017

Summer colours: Tobacco and tan

May 12th 2017

Shades of tobacco and tan are one of the loveliest things to wear in the Summer. As the weather warms up, I've put together three outfits here - all somewhere in the 5 to 7 formality range - that illustrate this. They are displayed on my wonderf...

Summer colours: Tobacco and tan

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That bunch is no longer current I'm afraid (as with pretty much all cloths older than 2 or 3 years). Most still carry a natural or biscuit-coloured version however...

Casual clothing - DenimMay 12th 2017

The suede blouson for travel

August 10th 2016

Blousons come in many shapes and sizes, but they are united by a short length, fuller body and collar. Blousons work particularly well with higher-waisted tailored trousers, and for that reason make a great casual alternative to a tailored jacket. ...

The suede blouson for travel

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I wouldn't wear it with indigo jeans, no, though most of these might be a little smart for that anyway. I wouldn't wear olive that way either. If that's the look you want, you're better looking at the RRL western options...

Casual clothing - Glasses and jewelleryAugust 10th 2016

New York: A sartorial city guide

October 14th 2015

New York is a strange town for menswear. It’s a bit of a Wild West, without the same traditions of Europe and with bespoke largely undermined by visitors from Savile Row. If there is a tradition, it is for value: low-priced sack suits that a...

New York: A sartorial city guide

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Would love to see an update on this list, seeing that it's 2019 and Barney's for one may not be long for this world...It would also be nice if you could add specialty makers like Carla Dawn Behrle (in NYC) - she does cus...

October 14th 2015

Casual tie and sports jacket (military donegal de...

August 17th 2015

In the spirit of our recent posts on assembling outfits, here’s the process that put this one together. Originating idea: I’ve always liked the way this pale, silk tie from Ralph Lauren goes with my Rubinacci cashmere jacket. The corn...

Casual tie and sports jacket (military donegal de...

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Hi, I'm afraid I never did an article about the belt, but I can do something more general in the future, yes absolutely...

Casual clothing - JacketsAugust 17th 2015

The eternal style of the shawl-collar cardigan

September 29th 2014

If you don’t own a shawl-collar cardigan, it’s the one sweater you should invest in this winter. No other knitwear is more versatile: its collar makes it the only style that works with T-shirts, shirts or polos, for everyone. Some m...

The eternal style of the shawl-collar cardigan

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I have two of the shawl collared cardigans from Drake’s and a William Lockie labelled one that I bought from Richard Gelding (Baltzar). Although they look identical, they’re not in reality. The Lockie one seems to be...

Knitwear - StyleSeptember 29th 2014