Reader profile: Ben

December 10th 2021

I’ve known Ben for a long time now. He worked round the corner from me during my journalism days, and we were both customers of visiting artisans like Elia Caliendo and Simone Abbarchi. We even did a shoot together for Elia years ago. Ben and ...

Reader profile: Ben

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Love the semi-casual....

Jackets - StyleDecember 10th 2021

The jackets I picked for winter

October 20th 2021

A couple of weeks ago, when our little Indian summer here in the UK came to an end, I started the process of switching my wardrobe around for colder weather. I keep winter sweaters, roll necks, coats and heavy tweeds stored in the attic, and slowly...

The jackets I picked for winter

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Understood. Appreciate your feedback!...

JacketsOctober 20th 2021

Comfortable yet elegant: A cosy winter combination

October 6th 2021

*Note: The source of the material for the trousers has been corrected, below. It was Zegna denim, not Loro Piana. Still not available though!* We haven’t done a simple outfit post in a while, so let’s talk about this one - worn for a rec...

Comfortable yet elegant: A cosy winter combination

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Yes, charcoal donegal should be nice, any shade of grey really, then also navy and some greens...

Coats - KnitwearOctober 6th 2021

My shirt collars

January 27th 2021

  When we published our recent article on the types and styles of shirt collars , a reader requested a follow-up piece on the precise dimensions of what I wear. In fact, this has come up a few times over the years, particularly as we&rsqu...

My shirt collars

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Nice to hear Alexander...

Shirts - January 27th 2021

WW Chan bespoke tweed jacket: Review

December 16th 2020

Sometimes a jacket really impresses you from the off - the try-on, the fitting, everything just beautifully done from the start. It doesn't happen very often, and it doesn't necessarily make a difference to the finished garment; but it's a very goo...

WW Chan bespoke tweed jacket: Review

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Hi Simon, I'm considering to make a versatile tweed jacket commision. I don't want too heavy and hard traditional fabric, so I think I gonna choose W.Bill Shetland or H&S Sherry Tweed. I've found that you have experi...

JacketsDecember 16th 2020

Best-dressed man 2019: @Gusvs9 (or, dressing simp...

February 20th 2019

  Best-dressed non-professional 2019: @Gusvs9 Runners-up: @urbancomposition, @flannels_and_tweed   @Gusvs9 doesn’t like people to know who he is. You never see his face on Instagram, and there is no biography. Such an approach...

Best-dressed man 2019: @Gusvs9 (or, dressing simp...

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Great advice. Thanks for the ideas...

Style - SuitsFebruary 20th 2019

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 vibrancy and international fl...

Hong Kong: A sartorial shopping guide

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I'm looking for information about Asha's Tailors & Clothiers, which was at 1B Carnarvon Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. I have a mid-century woman's two piece black silk suit with that label, any information would be most ...

May 14th 2018

Huntsman dinner: The reader outfits

January 26th 2017

As mentioned in my original post about this reader competition, our aim was to explore the different forms formalwear can take today. Men will always have a need to dress up, in order to appear appropriately for a smarter, more important and more f...

Huntsman dinner: The reader outfits

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I wore my Cleverley imitation brogues. I don't think there's anything wrong with Oliver's trousers - they are just breaking a bit more at the front as a result of how he is standing. I also wouldn't go with turn-ups, bot...

Black tieJanuary 26th 2017

Video: The Young Tailors Symposium

November 18th 2016

Looking back on it, our summer 2016 edition of the Symposium series - which focused on young tailors - was particularly interesting. It's easy to forget until you see our film, shown here, how much the backgrounds of each tailor varied. Each was als...

Video: The Young Tailors Symposium

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Very well done. I think the videos on this site are a nice extra touch. It adds extra value and experience to hear from the personal side of tailoring, which I think is a very wirthwhile side to this industry. Luxury ite...

Jackets - SuitsNovember 18th 2016

The Young Tailors Symposium – discussion

June 21st 2016

Our Young Tailors Symposium last week in Florence - in the beautiful Stefano Bemer atelier - threw up some really interesting areas of discussion. The six tailors all had rather different backgrounds: some trained in completely different fields befo...

The Young Tailors Symposium – discussion

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It varies, but largely yes...

June 21st 2016

The Young Tailors Symposium – filming on th...

June 20th 2016

Davide Taub of Gieves & Hawkes One of the nicest things about the Young Tailors Symposium last week was the fact we managed to arrange a film - something that will record for the hundreds of thousands of you what we discussed and enjoyed. We...

The Young Tailors Symposium – filming on th...

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Hopefully September, but there's been a delay on production over August...

June 20th 2016

Young tailors take over Instagram!

May 30th 2016

This week the young tailors featuring in our Symposium at Pitti will be taking over my Instagram account. Every day, a different one of the six tailors from England, Italy, Hong Kong and Korea will post images of the pieces they are making and the t...

Young tailors take over Instagram!

This week the young tailors featuring in our Symposium at Pitti will be taking over my Instagram account. Every day, a different one of the six tailors from England, Italy, Hong Kong and Korea will post images of the pie...

May 30th 2016

The Young Tailors Symposium at Pitti Uomo

May 17th 2016

Every Pitti Uomo for the past two years, we have held an event to bring people together with a unique group of the finest craftsmen in the world. For the next instalment, we will be returning to last summer's focus: bespoke tailoring. But whereas t...

The Young Tailors Symposium at Pitti Uomo

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No, it's not really about craft - it's a trade show, where people come to see and buy product. And then there are the peacocks, who are about style (in theory) not craft....

May 17th 2016

How to work with travelling tailors: Reader question

September 24th 2014

  Dear Simon, My name is Lukas. I’ve been an avid permanent style reader for several years and absolutely love your articles. For about four years, I have been altering RTW blazers, trousers and suits. On two occasions i̵...

How to work with travelling tailors: Reader question

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Hi Simon, I am based in New Delhi, India. We are luxury men's wear brand. I want to look into the travelling tailor concept. How do i get customers during my first time. Want to learn more about this concept. Any help wo...

September 24th 2014

WW Chan in London this week

October 22nd 2012

Normal.dotm 0 0 1 163 932 EMII 7 1 1144 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Just a quick note to readers that WW Chan is in town later this week, from the 25 th to the 27 th, as part of another Armoury trunk show at The Rook & Rav...

WW Chan in London this week

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Dear Anon, Thank you for being a reader of the blog and for coming to the drinks evening. We are sorry that the evening was not up to expectation, we were indeed understaffed at the time. Patrick of WW Chan and Naoki of ...

October 22nd 2012

Panta clothing: new trousers and site

July 2nd 2012

Trousers are easier to tailor than a jacket. They’re not straightforward, as everyone’s waist to seat ratio varies, but the problems are at least largely in two dimensions. Because trousers are simpler, you can spend less money on them. Y...

Panta clothing: new trousers and site

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Hi Simon, Wondering what RTW trousers you recommend - particularly for a 28 waist? I typically wear Incotex trousers but wanted to find something new. Thanks...

July 2nd 2012

Reader question: first bespoke, in Hong Kong

March 28th 2012

WW Chan jacket, courtesy of The Armoury Hi Simon, As an expat Brit living in Hong Kong, I like to think have a keen eye for style and fashion but surprisingly had never thought about going bespoke until I got married last year. My first attempt was i...

Reader question: first bespoke, in Hong Kong

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I don't much about them Arthur, sorry...

Reader questionsMarch 28th 2012

The history of the ‘red gang’ in Shanghai

May 3rd 2010

There was a generation of tailors in Shanghai known as the ‘red gang’ early in the twentieth century that fused techniques learnt from Russian, British, Japanese and Chinese tailors. They formed their own approach and their own training s...

The history of the ‘red gang’ in Shanghai

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http://www.nbfzbwg.com/index.asp?xAction=xReadNews&NewsID=33 Here's the link to the page on the Ningbo fashion museum site which explains why old-school Ningbo/Shanghai tailors were called "Red Gang". Ningbo is a port ci...

May 3rd 2010

Ignore GQ and cold-beer tailors

May 13th 2009

This month’s GQ features an unfortunate example of how not to have a suit made in Hong Kong. The column in the Talk section features a description of a flying visit to the (in)famous Sam’s Tailor. Sam is famous for having walls decorated ...

Ignore GQ and cold-beer tailors

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Hi Rich. No, I'm afraid I don't know any Bangkok tailors, and to be honest the kind of tailors that will make something in 5 days are not necessarily good quality - I wouldn't recommend using them unless you want somethi...

May 13th 2009