London: A sartorial city guide

August 12th 2015

I’ve had quite a few requests by readers over the past year for city guides, so this is the first in a series. In London, there are so many options that it makes sense to group some together. Also, if I leave t...

London: A sartorial city guide

I’ve had quite a few requests by readers over the past year for city guides, so this is the first in a series. In London, there are so many options that it makes sense to group some together. Also, if I leave t...

August 12th 2015

Kingsman: British and bespoke

December 15th 2014

Kingsman: The Secret Service launches in the UK in February. There are several nice things about this. Sections of it are set in Huntsman, on Savile Row. The clothing is all supplied by British brands (and nearly all m...

Kingsman: British and bespoke

Kingsman: The Secret Service launches in the UK in February. There are several nice things about this. Sections of it are set in Huntsman, on Savile Row. The clothing is all supplied by British brands (and nearly all m...

December 15th 2014

Interview: Dean Gomilsek-Cole, Turnbull & Asser

October 14th 2014

Over the past few months, Turnbull & Asser has gone through an interesting experiment, attempting to extend its signature bright colours and clashing patterns from tailoring to casual wear. While not all the result...

Interview: Dean Gomilsek-Cole, Turnbull & Asser

Over the past few months, Turnbull & Asser has gone through an interesting experiment, attempting to extend its signature bright colours and clashing patterns from tailoring to casual wear. While not all the result...

Casual wearOctober 14th 2014

Shirt cuffs and watches

June 16th 2014

A reader recently asked whether he should have his shirt cuffs made bigger – or the sleeves shorter – in order to accommodate a watch. This is relevant to anyone buying a shirt, not just those commissioning...

Shirt cuffs and watches

A reader recently asked whether he should have his shirt cuffs made bigger – or the sleeves shorter – in order to accommodate a watch. This is relevant to anyone buying a shirt, not just those commissioning...

Shirts - Shirts and tiesJune 16th 2014

Luca, Satriano Cinque and A&S collars

November 4th 2013

[NOTE: Luca Avitabile, the cutter for men’s shirts at Satriano Cinque above, has split from the company and set up on his own. I recommend contacting him for any inquiries, at l.a.shirtmaker@gmail.com] One of the n...

Luca, Satriano Cinque and A&S collars

[NOTE: Luca Avitabile, the cutter for men’s shirts at Satriano Cinque above, has split from the company and set up on his own. I recommend contacting him for any inquiries, at l.a.shirtmaker@gmail.com] One of the n...

Shirts and tiesNovember 4th 2013

Should I change from Turnbull & Asser to Kiton?

August 16th 2013

Hi Mr Crompton, I’m a fan of yours (Permanent Style, The Rake) from Singapore. I’ve been agonising over my shirts for some time and would like to ask your advice. I’ve been wearing bespoke T&A for ...

Should I change from Turnbull & Asser to Kiton?

Hi Mr Crompton, I’m a fan of yours (Permanent Style, The Rake) from Singapore. I’ve been agonising over my shirts for some time and would like to ask your advice. I’ve been wearing bespoke T&A for ...

Reader questionsAugust 16th 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...

Royal warrant holders at the Coronation Festival

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...

July 15th 2013

How a shirt should fit

July 1st 2013

Learning how a shirt should fit you can take surprisingly long – as most fans of bespoke try far fewer shirtmakers than they do tailors. Once learned, however, the lessons are fairly simple. They are becoming parti...

How a shirt should fit

Learning how a shirt should fit you can take surprisingly long – as most fans of bespoke try far fewer shirtmakers than they do tailors. Once learned, however, the lessons are fairly simple. They are becoming parti...

Shirts - July 1st 2013

Profile piece in How to Spend It, Spain

January 25th 2013

The Spanish version of How to Spend It, Fueria de Serie, interviewed me and did a photo shoot when I visited Jose Maria’s Club Aristocrata last year. The piece came out today. Unless your Spanish is a lot better th...

Profile piece in How to Spend It, Spain

The Spanish version of How to Spend It, Fueria de Serie, interviewed me and did a photo shoot when I visited Jose Maria’s Club Aristocrata last year. The piece came out today. Unless your Spanish is a lot better th...

StyleJanuary 25th 2013

Satriano Cinque: bespoke shirt, Naples

October 23rd 2012

In Naples last week, I was able to have a fitting on the shirt I ordered from Satriano Cinque earlier in the year. As neither Luca nor Gabriella travel to London, this was the only opportunity to get a fitting done ̵...

Satriano Cinque: bespoke shirt, Naples

In Naples last week, I was able to have a fitting on the shirt I ordered from Satriano Cinque earlier in the year. As neither Luca nor Gabriella travel to London, this was the only opportunity to get a fitting done ̵...

Shirts - Shirts and tiesOctober 23rd 2012

Get your shirts altered – Turnbull & Asser

June 8th 2012

Normal.dotm 0 0 1 324 1852 Euromoney PLC 15 3 2274 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Shirts cannot be tweaked and tucked quite as fully or often as a jacket, unfortunately. There is no inlay in the side seam...

Get your shirts altered – Turnbull & Asser

Normal.dotm 0 0 1 324 1852 Euromoney PLC 15 3 2274 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Shirts cannot be tweaked and tucked quite as fully or often as a jacket, unfortunately. There is no inlay in the side seam...

Shirts - Shirts and tiesJune 8th 2012

The history of Drake’s

March 2nd 2012

Drake’s was founded in 1977 by three ex-Aquascutum employees: Michael Drake (head of menswear design), Jeremy Hull (export sales director) and Isabel Dickson (export sales administration). “It always helps wh...

The history of Drake’s

Drake’s was founded in 1977 by three ex-Aquascutum employees: Michael Drake (head of menswear design), Jeremy Hull (export sales director) and Isabel Dickson (export sales administration). “It always helps wh...

Accessories - ScarvesMarch 2nd 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 suggestion...

Christmas suggestions

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 suggestion...

StyleDecember 7th 2011

Bespoke shirts at Turnbull & Asser, City branch

October 17th 2011

I’ve always felt myself very fortunate to have my tailor within walking distance. Few men today, particularly in the US, have that privilege. But my shirtmaker was always a tube ride away; until now. A few weeks ag...

Bespoke shirts at Turnbull & Asser, City branch

I’ve always felt myself very fortunate to have my tailor within walking distance. Few men today, particularly in the US, have that privilege. But my shirtmaker was always a tube ride away; until now. A few weeks ag...

Shirts - Shirts and tiesOctober 17th 2011

PEN magazine: Permanent Style big in Japan

September 22nd 2011

You could never refer to yourself as a style icon. But if someone else gives you the title, it’s alright to pass it on, right? Seriously, I was highly flattered to be asked to appear in the latest issue of PEN ma...

PEN magazine: Permanent Style big in Japan

You could never refer to yourself as a style icon. But if someone else gives you the title, it’s alright to pass it on, right? Seriously, I was highly flattered to be asked to appear in the latest issue of PEN ma...

StyleSeptember 22nd 2011

Two ways to get shirts altered: T&A, Emma Willis

August 22nd 2011

I used to wear bigger watches. Chunky, sporty things with chronometer dials and a leather strap. So when my pattern was first cut at Turnbull & Asser the cuffs were set quite wide – though slightly wider on th...

Two ways to get shirts altered: T&A, Emma Willis

I used to wear bigger watches. Chunky, sporty things with chronometer dials and a leather strap. So when my pattern was first cut at Turnbull & Asser the cuffs were set quite wide – though slightly wider on th...

Shirts - Shirts and tiesAugust 22nd 2011

Feedback on the A Suitable Wardrobe store

August 3rd 2011

I wrote almost a year ago how impressed I was with Will at A Suitable Wardrobe setting up a store, to sell his taste and knowledge of European manufacturers to the blog’s readership. Since then the store has grown ...

Feedback on the A Suitable Wardrobe store

I wrote almost a year ago how impressed I was with Will at A Suitable Wardrobe setting up a store, to sell his taste and knowledge of European manufacturers to the blog’s readership. Since then the store has grown ...

AccessoriesAugust 3rd 2011

A plain business suit from Timothy Everest

June 27th 2011

Readers have made the point that my bespoke commissions often seem to be rather outlandish pieces: the Huntsman shooting suit, for example, or the Timothy Everest velvet jacket. Why, at least one has asked, do you not ha...

A plain business suit from Timothy Everest

Readers have made the point that my bespoke commissions often seem to be rather outlandish pieces: the Huntsman shooting suit, for example, or the Timothy Everest velvet jacket. Why, at least one has asked, do you not ha...

Suits - TailoringJune 27th 2011

Reader question: What do you wear at the weekend?

June 17th 2011

You spend a lot of time talking about suits and bespoke shoes, but what do you wear at the weekend? I have trouble picturing what you put on to pop out to the newsagent. Here are a few of my favourite things. Two types o...

Reader question: What do you wear at the weekend?

You spend a lot of time talking about suits and bespoke shoes, but what do you wear at the weekend? I have trouble picturing what you put on to pop out to the newsagent. Here are a few of my favourite things. Two types o...

Casual wear - Reader questionsJune 17th 2011

Dressing gowns at Stephen Lachter

June 9th 2011

A dressing gown is not the most obvious thing to have made. There are some perfectly lovely ready-to-wear gowns from people like Turnbull & Asser (ask about specials there), Drake’s and Charvet. And fit is har...

Dressing gowns at Stephen Lachter

A dressing gown is not the most obvious thing to have made. There are some perfectly lovely ready-to-wear gowns from people like Turnbull & Asser (ask about specials there), Drake’s and Charvet. And fit is har...

Casual wearJune 9th 2011

Bespoke blue voile shirt

May 23rd 2011

It was a pleasure having dinner with Will of A Suitable Wardrobe in San Francisco last week, if only for the wonderful food at Kokkari and Eleni, our lovely waitress. But perhaps most sartorially significant was that I p...

Bespoke blue voile shirt

It was a pleasure having dinner with Will of A Suitable Wardrobe in San Francisco last week, if only for the wonderful food at Kokkari and Eleni, our lovely waitress. But perhaps most sartorially significant was that I p...

Shirts - Shirts and tiesMay 23rd 2011

Grey and blue – the classic combination

March 28th 2011

I get a lot of requests for practical advice on suit/shirt/tie combinations, so I’m going to try and drop a few more in regularly over the next few months. This is a shot Andy Barnham took of me recently as stock s...

Grey and blue – the classic combination

I get a lot of requests for practical advice on suit/shirt/tie combinations, so I’m going to try and drop a few more in regularly over the next few months. This is a shot Andy Barnham took of me recently as stock s...

StyleMarch 28th 2011

Factory visit: Dent’s gloves

January 31st 2011

I finally made it down to Dent’s heritage gloves factory in Warminster, and learnt a lot more about the traditional process behind English-made gloves. There were some interesting parallels with several other craft...

Factory visit: Dent’s gloves

I finally made it down to Dent’s heritage gloves factory in Warminster, and learnt a lot more about the traditional process behind English-made gloves. There were some interesting parallels with several other craft...

Accessories - Factory visitsJanuary 31st 2011

Bespoke glasses at TD Tom Davies

October 18th 2010

It turns out my neighbour is friends with a guy called Tom Davies, who is the largest maker of bespoke glasses in the world. And Tom’s studio is half a mile from where I grew up (East Sheen, south-west Lond...

Bespoke glasses at TD Tom Davies

It turns out my neighbour is friends with a guy called Tom Davies, who is the largest maker of bespoke glasses in the world. And Tom’s studio is half a mile from where I grew up (East Sheen, south-west Lond...

Accessories - GlassesOctober 18th 2010

Improving on the bespoke shirt

April 12th 2010

Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 At the end of last year I had my first bespoke shirt made in this country, by Turnbull & Asser. You can see the various stages of the process, including a factory visit, in one of...

Improving on the bespoke shirt

Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 At the end of last year I had my first bespoke shirt made in this country, by Turnbull & Asser. You can see the various stages of the process, including a factory visit, in one of...

Shirts - Shirts and tiesApril 12th 2010

Shirt facts upon request

January 4th 2010

Due to popular demand (well, three people) here are some more facts about how the Turnbull & Asser shirts are made up in Gloucester. I know how much you love those little details. – As with a suit, the sleeveh...

Shirt facts upon request

Due to popular demand (well, three people) here are some more facts about how the Turnbull & Asser shirts are made up in Gloucester. I know how much you love those little details. – As with a suit, the sleeveh...

Factory visits - ShirtsJanuary 4th 2010

Factory visit: Turnbull & Asser shirts

December 21st 2009

There are so many facts, figures and geeky points about the construction of Turnbull & Asser shirts that I could be writing about them for days. And you’d be reading for hours. I’ll try to keep the descr...

Factory visit: Turnbull & Asser shirts

There are so many facts, figures and geeky points about the construction of Turnbull & Asser shirts that I could be writing about them for days. And you’d be reading for hours. I’ll try to keep the descr...

Factory visits - ShirtsDecember 21st 2009

First British bespoke shirt 2

November 30th 2009

I liked the trial shirt from the moment I saw it. All neatly pressed and arranged, the cardboard collar finishing in a tab at the front that declared ‘By Royal Appointment’. A nice touch, as was the label (bl...

First British bespoke shirt 2

I liked the trial shirt from the moment I saw it. All neatly pressed and arranged, the cardboard collar finishing in a tab at the front that declared ‘By Royal Appointment’. A nice touch, as was the label (bl...

Shirts - Shirts and tiesNovember 30th 2009

Turnbull & Asser: My first British bespoke shirt

November 9th 2009

A few months ago I had my first British bespoke suit made. Time, I thought, to repeat the experience in shirts – so I toddled off to 23 Bury Street, home of Turnbull & Asser’s bespoke service. I’...

Turnbull & Asser: My first British bespoke shirt

A few months ago I had my first British bespoke suit made. Time, I thought, to repeat the experience in shirts – so I toddled off to 23 Bury Street, home of Turnbull & Asser’s bespoke service. I’...

Shirts - Shirts and tiesNovember 9th 2009

Favourbrook: English artistry

November 5th 2009

Party favours Favourbrook showcases deeply dandy, exquisitely artful English attire By Simon Crompton Walking past Favourbrook on Jermyn Street (or in the Piccadilly Arcade, round the corner) you’d be forgiven for ...

Favourbrook: English artistry

Party favours Favourbrook showcases deeply dandy, exquisitely artful English attire By Simon Crompton Walking past Favourbrook on Jermyn Street (or in the Piccadilly Arcade, round the corner) you’d be forgiven for ...

AccessoriesNovember 5th 2009

Latest feature in Spice magazine

April 1st 2009

Permanent Style has appeared once again in Spice, the top luxury magazine in India. The piece, which tells the tale of how Daniel Craig had to get his Turnbull & Asser shirts entirely remade, appears in the April is...

Latest feature in Spice magazine

Permanent Style has appeared once again in Spice, the top luxury magazine in India. The piece, which tells the tale of how Daniel Craig had to get his Turnbull & Asser shirts entirely remade, appears in the April is...

April 1st 2009

Charvet and Brioni: Mass producers

March 19th 2009

The most relied upon measures of luxury today are the materials used in a garment and how much manpower went into it. The second of those measurements might not be as straightforward as you think. True bespoke is done by...

Charvet and Brioni: Mass producers

The most relied upon measures of luxury today are the materials used in a garment and how much manpower went into it. The second of those measurements might not be as straightforward as you think. True bespoke is done by...

Shirts and ties - TailoringMarch 19th 2009