Hong Kong: A sartorial shopping guide

May 14th 2018

Hong Kong has long been a centre for international commerce, driven by its location as a port and later by its strategic importance to the British Empire. When it was handed back to China in 1997, the city retained its ...

Hong Kong: A sartorial shopping guide

Hong Kong has long been a centre for international commerce, driven by its location as a port and later by its strategic importance to the British Empire. When it was handed back to China in 1997, the city retained its ...

May 14th 2018

Wearing warm and cold colours

April 4th 2018

Taka from Liverano. Lots of colour and pattern, but overall quite cold Being able to judge the relative formality of an outfit is a key component of dressing well in modern, variable working environments. Many things co...

Wearing warm and cold colours

Taka from Liverano. Lots of colour and pattern, but overall quite cold Being able to judge the relative formality of an outfit is a key component of dressing well in modern, variable working environments. Many things co...

StyleApril 4th 2018

The Armoury at the pop-up: College cardigan, ‘...

November 30th 2017

The Armoury really inspired me (as it did many others) when it started out in Hong Kong, and I still get particularly excited about having them in the pop-up shop. I was in there yesterday, looking through everything wi...

The Armoury at the pop-up: College cardigan, ‘...

The Armoury really inspired me (as it did many others) when it started out in Hong Kong, and I still get particularly excited about having them in the pop-up shop. I was in there yesterday, looking through everything wi...

Casual wear - KnitwearNovember 30th 2017

Pommella bespoke trousers – Review

November 3rd 2017

Lino Pommella recently became the latest entrant into a group of travelling, Neapolitan trouser makers - a path forged, of course, by Salvatore Ambrosi. The other notable one is Cerrato, whom we have covered elsewhere b...

Pommella bespoke trousers – Review

Lino Pommella recently became the latest entrant into a group of travelling, Neapolitan trouser makers - a path forged, of course, by Salvatore Ambrosi. The other notable one is Cerrato, whom we have covered elsewhere b...

Tailoring - TrousersNovember 3rd 2017

The Pop-Up Shop is back!

November 1st 2017

I'm very excited to say that the Permanent Style Presents pop-up shop will be back this winter, opening in two weeks on November 15th. We've switched approach slightly, using a slightly smaller space but staying open ...

The Pop-Up Shop is back!

I'm very excited to say that the Permanent Style Presents pop-up shop will be back this winter, opening in two weeks on November 15th. We've switched approach slightly, using a slightly smaller space but staying open ...

November 1st 2017

How to wear trainers: Part 3. Style

October 13th 2017

This post is an illustrated explanation of how I wear trainers, or sneakers. As with similar exercises on the blog, I have attempted to be as structured as possible, keeping some parameters constant in order to focus on...

How to wear trainers: Part 3. Style

This post is an illustrated explanation of how I wear trainers, or sneakers. As with similar exercises on the blog, I have attempted to be as structured as possible, keeping some parameters constant in order to focus on...

Casual wear - DenimOctober 13th 2017

Sage green and tobacco brown – earthy summer

August 11th 2017

Finding new colour combinations I like makes me disproportionately happy. I know this doesn’t apply to every menswear enthusiast, but for me the interrelationship of colours is one of the most enjoyable and creati...

Sage green and tobacco brown – earthy summer

Finding new colour combinations I like makes me disproportionately happy. I know this doesn’t apply to every menswear enthusiast, but for me the interrelationship of colours is one of the most enjoyable and creati...

Casual jackets - Casual wearAugust 11th 2017

Ambrosi ready-to-wear trousers

April 28th 2017

Last year, while in Japan at Bryceland's, Salvatore Ambrosi offered me two pairs of his new ready-to-wear trousers to try. Regular readers will remember that the bespoke trousers I had from Ambrosi the previous year suf...

Ambrosi ready-to-wear trousers

Last year, while in Japan at Bryceland's, Salvatore Ambrosi offered me two pairs of his new ready-to-wear trousers to try. Regular readers will remember that the bespoke trousers I had from Ambrosi the previous year suf...

Tailoring - TrousersApril 28th 2017

US book launch – at The Armoury, New York

April 9th 2017

It would be lovely to see as many Permanent Style readers as can make this, our US book launch. The event will be at The Armoury, 168 Duane Street, 6pm-8pm on April 20th. Please RSVP to NYC@TheArmoury.com if you'd like...

US book launch – at The Armoury, New York

It would be lovely to see as many Permanent Style readers as can make this, our US book launch. The event will be at The Armoury, 168 Duane Street, 6pm-8pm on April 20th. Please RSVP to NYC@TheArmoury.com if you'd like...

April 9th 2017

The Armoury: Do you know about the trousers?

March 1st 2017

For many reasons - personal, business, product, sheer beauty of execution - I’ve long been a fan of The Armoury. They were therefore one brand I was particularly excited to get into our Savile Row pop-up shop. How...

The Armoury: Do you know about the trousers?

For many reasons - personal, business, product, sheer beauty of execution - I’ve long been a fan of The Armoury. They were therefore one brand I was particularly excited to get into our Savile Row pop-up shop. How...

Accessories - BagsMarch 1st 2017

Pop-up shop: The brands and the opening party

February 9th 2017

Following last week's announcement of our pop-up shop on Savile Row - under the banner 'Permanent Style presents' - here are some details of the shop and the brands. I also include an invitation, above, to any readers ...

Pop-up shop: The brands and the opening party

Following last week's announcement of our pop-up shop on Savile Row - under the banner 'Permanent Style presents' - here are some details of the shop and the brands. I also include an invitation, above, to any readers ...

February 9th 2017

Mark Cho of The Armoury on independent retail

January 20th 2017

Following on from Wednesday's post on the Symposium discussion, here are Mark Cho's specific responses to some of the questions. Mark wrote the below in preparation for the talk (bless him) and he makes some interesting...

Mark Cho of The Armoury on independent retail

Following on from Wednesday's post on the Symposium discussion, here are Mark Cho's specific responses to some of the questions. Mark wrote the below in preparation for the talk (bless him) and he makes some interesting...

January 20th 2017

Retailers Symposium: The discussion

January 18th 2017

During my lifetime, there has been a steep fall in the quality and range of menswear retail around the world. Designer brands have expanded aggressively; independent multi-brand shops have closed; and department stores ...

Retailers Symposium: The discussion

During my lifetime, there has been a steep fall in the quality and range of menswear retail around the world. Designer brands have expanded aggressively; independent multi-brand shops have closed; and department stores ...

January 18th 2017

Staples for a hot climate – Reader question

December 28th 2016

Dear Simon, I recently read your 2014 article, ' The staples of a good wardrobe' and was wondering how you would modify it for warmer climes like Hong Kong and Singapore? Grey flannel isn’t a great option for mos...

Staples for a hot climate – Reader question

Dear Simon, I recently read your 2014 article, ' The staples of a good wardrobe' and was wondering how you would modify it for warmer climes like Hong Kong and Singapore? Grey flannel isn’t a great option for mos...

Style - TailoringDecember 28th 2016

What is quality? What about design? – Stockho...

November 2nd 2015

At our book launch in Stockholm last week, Konrad Olsson (above) – editor of Plaza Uomo magazine – asked some rather stimulating questions. Such as, what is quality? Well, for me quality (in clothing) is a...

What is quality? What about design? – Stockho...

At our book launch in Stockholm last week, Konrad Olsson (above) – editor of Plaza Uomo magazine – asked some rather stimulating questions. Such as, what is quality? Well, for me quality (in clothing) is a...

November 2nd 2015

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...

New York: A sartorial city guide

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...

October 14th 2015

Getting dressed: Tan jacket and green linen trousers

June 24th 2015

OK, let’s break this down. There are four major choices of colour here: Trousers: green Jacket: tan Tie: brown Shirt: blue I put them deliberately in that order because that is the order in which they were chose...

Getting dressed: Tan jacket and green linen trousers

OK, let’s break this down. There are four major choices of colour here: Trousers: green Jacket: tan Tie: brown Shirt: blue I put them deliberately in that order because that is the order in which they were chose...

Jackets - StyleJune 24th 2015

Wearing sports jackets and texture: How to dress li...

June 17th 2015

I know that one of the style areas people find most difficult is wearing sports jackets, or separate waistcoats, with everything else: shirt, tie, hank, trousers. I’ve always loved the way Alan at The Armoury wea...

Wearing sports jackets and texture: How to dress li...

I know that one of the style areas people find most difficult is wearing sports jackets, or separate waistcoats, with everything else: shirt, tie, hank, trousers. I’ve always loved the way Alan at The Armoury wea...

Jackets - TailoringJune 17th 2015

The Armoury, New York

May 12th 2014

The best stores – certainly in the modern luxury industry – have a sense of community. Trunk has that in spades, thanks to Hugo, Daniel and now Tim. Anderson & Sheppard (haberdashery) too. And digitally, ...

The Armoury, New York

The best stores – certainly in the modern luxury industry – have a sense of community. Trunk has that in spades, thanks to Hugo, Daniel and now Tim. Anderson & Sheppard (haberdashery) too. And digitally, ...

May 12th 2014

How to tie your tie

September 4th 2013

Dear Simon, Ties and their lengths are causing me some problems.
I have bought several ties recently, all from Drake’s, but realise that they are slightly too long. Being 5’6’’ I know I am not t...

How to tie your tie

Dear Simon, Ties and their lengths are causing me some problems.
I have bought several ties recently, all from Drake’s, but realise that they are slightly too long. Being 5’6’’ I know I am not t...

Shirts and ties - TiesSeptember 4th 2013

Drake’s buys Rayner & Sturges

August 9th 2013

I recently had my first opportunity to chat to Michael Hill about his takeover last month, with Mark Cho, of the Rayner & Sturges shirt factory. Rayner & Sturges is the last independent factory in the UK making...

Drake’s buys Rayner & Sturges

I recently had my first opportunity to chat to Michael Hill about his takeover last month, with Mark Cho, of the Rayner & Sturges shirt factory. Rayner & Sturges is the last independent factory in the UK making...

Shirts and tiesAugust 9th 2013

How to wear socks with a suit: Reader question

May 17th 2013

Colours that go with tan Dear Simon, I’m getting stuck putting an outfit together, and what it comes down to is the socks. I’m wearing a mid-grey worsted wool suit with a sky-blue shirt and regimental tie o...

How to wear socks with a suit: Reader question

Colours that go with tan Dear Simon, I’m getting stuck putting an outfit together, and what it comes down to is the socks. I’m wearing a mid-grey worsted wool suit with a sky-blue shirt and regimental tie o...

Accessories - Reader questionsMay 17th 2013

My note board on Pinterest

January 24th 2013

There are many badly dressed people at Pitti. There are also people like Luca Rubinacci, Lino Ieluzzi, Ignatious Joseph and others – one-man brands – that benefitted hugely from being shot by Scott Schuman an...

My note board on Pinterest

There are many badly dressed people at Pitti. There are also people like Luca Rubinacci, Lino Ieluzzi, Ignatious Joseph and others – one-man brands – that benefitted hugely from being shot by Scott Schuman an...

Style - January 24th 2013

Reader question: pleats

December 19th 2012

D ear Mr. Crompton, I am hoping to follow up quickly on a blog post of yours concerning pleats. I’m having a bespoke suit made up from a Neapolitan tailor, and can’t decide on whether to go with pleats....

Reader question: pleats

D ear Mr. Crompton, I am hoping to follow up quickly on a blog post of yours concerning pleats. I’m having a bespoke suit made up from a Neapolitan tailor, and can’t decide on whether to go with pleats....

Reader questions - TailoringDecember 19th 2012