Double-breasted flannel suit – with pink and ...

December 26th 2016

I know I've written about green and pink a few times before. I could find one old post with a little flower illustration, but there must be more. Perhaps it's the fog of Christmas food and wine clouding my mind. In any...

Double-breasted flannel suit – with pink and ...

I know I've written about green and pink a few times before. I could find one old post with a little flower illustration, but there must be more. Perhaps it's the fog of Christmas food and wine clouding my mind. In any...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsDecember 26th 2016

How sartorial principles can apply to casual clothing

December 19th 2016

This outfit, which was shot for the recent cover story of Plaza Uomo magazine, is probably one of the most casual ever featured on Permanent Style. Much like the first image of our popular ‘ Which office are you?&...

How sartorial principles can apply to casual clothing

This outfit, which was shot for the recent cover story of Plaza Uomo magazine, is probably one of the most casual ever featured on Permanent Style. Much like the first image of our popular ‘ Which office are you?&...

Casual wear - HatsDecember 19th 2016

Cover story in Plaza Uomo

December 16th 2016

These things always seem to come in bunches. First Esquire named me in a top 10 and now Plaza Uomo have published their latest edition, with a profile of me as the cover story. Plaza is a Swedish fashion magazine, and...

Cover story in Plaza Uomo

These things always seem to come in bunches. First Esquire named me in a top 10 and now Plaza Uomo have published their latest edition, with a profile of me as the cover story. Plaza is a Swedish fashion magazine, and...

Accessories - HatsDecember 16th 2016

The PS square scarf is back! (With new colours and ...

December 7th 2016

The Permanent Style scarves that we introduced last winter are in stock again in two new colours, and available to buy from the Begg & Co site now. The two colours are grey and green - the grey is pictured above, ...

The PS square scarf is back! (With new colours and ...

The Permanent Style scarves that we introduced last winter are in stock again in two new colours, and available to buy from the Begg & Co site now. The two colours are grey and green - the grey is pictured above, ...

Accessories - ScarvesDecember 7th 2016

The cap

November 30th 2016

If styled right, a cap is a wonderfully useful accessory. Not as formal as a fedora, yet not as casual as a beanie, it can bridge a greater range of outfits than any other hat. When the temperature is in single figures,...

The cap

If styled right, a cap is a wonderfully useful accessory. Not as formal as a fedora, yet not as casual as a beanie, it can bridge a greater range of outfits than any other hat. When the temperature is in single figures,...

Accessories - HatsNovember 30th 2016

Brand round-up: Alexander Kraft, Loic et Gil, Chris...

November 25th 2016

The next in our regular installment of small brands doing interesting things looks at some ties, handkerchiefs and knitwear. Viola Milano x Alexander Kraft First up is a collaboration between Alexander Kraft and online ...

Brand round-up: Alexander Kraft, Loic et Gil, Chris...

The next in our regular installment of small brands doing interesting things looks at some ties, handkerchiefs and knitwear. Viola Milano x Alexander Kraft First up is a collaboration between Alexander Kraft and online ...

Accessories - Casual wearNovember 25th 2016

Sasuke: Master Japanese knife-maker, Sakai, Osaka

November 21st 2016

When we were in Japan last month, Jamie and I tried to see a sprinkling of traditional Japanese craftsmen alongside the usual tailors and shoemakers. This was both for general interest (always interesting to see how thi...

Sasuke: Master Japanese knife-maker, Sakai, Osaka

When we were in Japan last month, Jamie and I tried to see a sprinkling of traditional Japanese craftsmen alongside the usual tailors and shoemakers. This was both for general interest (always interesting to see how thi...

AccessoriesNovember 21st 2016

Stephen Temkin of Leon Drexler custom hats, Toronto

November 16th 2016

For a home studio and workshop, Stephen Temkin's set up is pretty cool. He lives in a large house in downtown Toronto, Canada. The work is largely done in the basement (where the ironing and larger equipment is) and th...

Stephen Temkin of Leon Drexler custom hats, Toronto

For a home studio and workshop, Stephen Temkin's set up is pretty cool. He lives in a large house in downtown Toronto, Canada. The work is largely done in the basement (where the ironing and larger equipment is) and th...

Accessories - HatsNovember 16th 2016

A pale-grey jacket with green corduroy

November 14th 2016

This outfit was used in a piece written recently for Drake's regarding corduroy. The piece mentions some of the associations that corduroy often carries, and ways to avoid them; basically, keeping the colours dark and ...

A pale-grey jacket with green corduroy

This outfit was used in a piece written recently for Drake's regarding corduroy. The piece mentions some of the associations that corduroy often carries, and ways to avoid them; basically, keeping the colours dark and ...

Bags - HatsNovember 14th 2016

Collaboration: Made-to-order Lavabre Cadet gloves

November 9th 2016

**Brown and cork peccary now sold out. All other peccary colours and the other leathers still available** French storied manufacturer Lavabre Cadet makes the finest gloves I’ve ever worn - but they don’t hav...

Collaboration: Made-to-order Lavabre Cadet gloves

**Brown and cork peccary now sold out. All other peccary colours and the other leathers still available** French storied manufacturer Lavabre Cadet makes the finest gloves I’ve ever worn - but they don’t hav...

Accessories - GlovesNovember 9th 2016

Ethan Newton’s Tokyo store – Bryceland&...

November 4th 2016

I was quite intrigued to see Ethan Newton’s Bryceland's store in Tokyo when we visited a few weeks ago. In particular, how he is presenting his view on tailoring and how that mixes with the more casual americana s...

Ethan Newton’s Tokyo store – Bryceland&...

I was quite intrigued to see Ethan Newton’s Bryceland's store in Tokyo when we visited a few weeks ago. In particular, how he is presenting his view on tailoring and how that mixes with the more casual americana s...

Bags - Casual jacketsNovember 4th 2016

Brussels craft event

October 30th 2016

At the beginning of December, there will be an event in Brussels bringing together some of the craftsmen that featured in the Permanent Style trunk show last month - Lavabre Cadet and Michel Heurtault - as well as sever...

Brussels craft event

At the beginning of December, there will be an event in Brussels bringing together some of the craftsmen that featured in the Permanent Style trunk show last month - Lavabre Cadet and Michel Heurtault - as well as sever...

Accessories - GlassesOctober 30th 2016

Ortus bespoke leather goods, Tokyo

October 26th 2016

Ortus leather goods are run by Naoyuki Komatsu (above) from a small leather workshop in Tokyo, just around the corner from Clematis shoes, where Komatsu was based until he set up his own company in 2012. They are entir...

Ortus bespoke leather goods, Tokyo

Ortus leather goods are run by Naoyuki Komatsu (above) from a small leather workshop in Tokyo, just around the corner from Clematis shoes, where Komatsu was based until he set up his own company in 2012. They are entir...

Accessories - BagsOctober 26th 2016

The Permanent Style trunk show

October 14th 2016

Thank you. Thank you so much on my behalf, and more importantly on behalf of the four artisans - who trusted me, and by extension you, to come over to London and do something they'd never done before, in a location they...

The Permanent Style trunk show

Thank you. Thank you so much on my behalf, and more importantly on behalf of the four artisans - who trusted me, and by extension you, to come over to London and do something they'd never done before, in a location they...

Bags - GlovesOctober 14th 2016

Serge Amoruso leather goods, Paris

September 19th 2016

Of the four makers featuring in our Permanent Style trunk show in a few weeks, the one least likely to be familiar to readers is Serge Amoruso. So, some background. Serge is an award-winning leather worker and designer...

Serge Amoruso leather goods, Paris

Of the four makers featuring in our Permanent Style trunk show in a few weeks, the one least likely to be familiar to readers is Serge Amoruso. So, some background. Serge is an award-winning leather worker and designer...

Accessories - BagsSeptember 19th 2016

Permanent Style trunk show: Heurtault, Amoruso, Cer...

September 7th 2016

I am very proud to say that we have a Permanent Style trunk show organised for October 5th, co-hosted with Gaziano & Girling at their Savile Row store. This has been a good while in the making, particularly as I wa...

Permanent Style trunk show: Heurtault, Amoruso, Cer...

I am very proud to say that we have a Permanent Style trunk show organised for October 5th, co-hosted with Gaziano & Girling at their Savile Row store. This has been a good while in the making, particularly as I wa...

Bags - Belts and walletsSeptember 7th 2016

Summer dressing in Robb Report; tailors and SMN in ...

September 6th 2016

In recent weeks there have been several pieces in magazines such as Robb Report UK and the Financial Times's luxury supplement, How To Spend It. Regular readers will be aware that I write a monthly column for How to Sp...

Summer dressing in Robb Report; tailors and SMN in ...

In recent weeks there have been several pieces in magazines such as Robb Report UK and the Financial Times's luxury supplement, How To Spend It. Regular readers will be aware that I write a monthly column for How to Sp...

Bags - PerfumeSeptember 6th 2016

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 alte...

The suede blouson for travel

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 alte...

Accessories - Casual jacketsAugust 10th 2016

Holiday snaps: Linen bomber, cotton trousers, espad...

August 1st 2016

A brief post today, with some pictures from holiday. Casual but still classic in cut and colour, and catering to the heat. First, above, 'Dani' espadrilles from La Portegna. I'm still in two minds about these, after a...

Holiday snaps: Linen bomber, cotton trousers, espad...

A brief post today, with some pictures from holiday. Casual but still classic in cut and colour, and catering to the heat. First, above, 'Dani' espadrilles from La Portegna. I'm still in two minds about these, after a...

Accessories - Casual jacketsAugust 1st 2016

How to dress pale colours for summer

July 27th 2016

A reader recently commented that the site could do with some more practical pieces about putting clothes together - rather than commissioning them. I am deeply appreciative of such feedback. I do try to keep a balance ...

How to dress pale colours for summer

A reader recently commented that the site could do with some more practical pieces about putting clothes together - rather than commissioning them. I am deeply appreciative of such feedback. I do try to keep a balance ...

Bags - HatsJuly 27th 2016

Bennett Winch bags: Luxury canvas

July 22nd 2016

Most of the products we recommend on Permanent Style have a key appeal in their materials - the quality of it, the tactile pleasure of feeling it every day. The canvas used on Bennett Winch bags is one such material. T...

Bennett Winch bags: Luxury canvas

Most of the products we recommend on Permanent Style have a key appeal in their materials - the quality of it, the tactile pleasure of feeling it every day. The canvas used on Bennett Winch bags is one such material. T...

Accessories - BagsJuly 22nd 2016

Combining smart and casual clothing

July 18th 2016

One of the central themes of Permanent Style over the past nine years has been the desire to make tailoring relevant to a new generation. To explore the ways in which the suit or jacket can transition from formal busine...

Combining smart and casual clothing

One of the central themes of Permanent Style over the past nine years has been the desire to make tailoring relevant to a new generation. To explore the ways in which the suit or jacket can transition from formal busine...

Casual wear - HandkerchiefsJuly 18th 2016

The Permanent Style cufflinks

July 4th 2016

It's funny, the Friday Polos have been so popular over the past year that I get asked whether I've thought about doing other collaborations. In fact, of course, we have done ten collaborations over five years - everyth...

The Permanent Style cufflinks

It's funny, the Friday Polos have been so popular over the past year that I get asked whether I've thought about doing other collaborations. In fact, of course, we have done ten collaborations over five years - everyth...

AccessoriesJuly 4th 2016

Video: A hand-sewn wallet, from start to finish

June 26th 2016

A lovely video this, showing a lot of the detail of making a hand-sewn alligator wallet - from Charlie Trevor at Equus Leather. It was just released today. The music might be a bit much, but I think we can forgive it...

Video: A hand-sewn wallet, from start to finish

A lovely video this, showing a lot of the detail of making a hand-sewn alligator wallet - from Charlie Trevor at Equus Leather. It was just released today. The music might be a bit much, but I think we can forgive it...

Accessories - Belts and walletsJune 26th 2016

Brand round-up: Inhedited, Coast Society, J Hopenst...

June 10th 2016

Our latest brand round-up includes some positive and some mixed reviews - reflecting both the quality of new things seen and tested by Permanent Style, and their originality. 1 Inhedited www.inhedited.com From £25...

Brand round-up: Inhedited, Coast Society, J Hopenst...

Our latest brand round-up includes some positive and some mixed reviews - reflecting both the quality of new things seen and tested by Permanent Style, and their originality. 1 Inhedited www.inhedited.com From £25...

Accessories - BagsJune 10th 2016

Colour combinations, from casual to formal

May 31st 2016

The colour combinations that we discuss every week in regards to formal wear, can be applied just as readily to casual wear. Although there will always be elements that don't crossover (such as the immense versatility ...

Colour combinations, from casual to formal

The colour combinations that we discuss every week in regards to formal wear, can be applied just as readily to casual wear. Although there will always be elements that don't crossover (such as the immense versatility ...

Casual jackets - Casual wearMay 31st 2016

Simonnot-Godard handkerchiefs

May 23rd 2016

Simonnot-Godard is an interesting company. It dominates what is a (very) niche market of high-end woven cotton and linen handkerchiefs. That market that has grown substantially in recent years. When Benjamin Simonnot (p...

Simonnot-Godard handkerchiefs

Simonnot-Godard is an interesting company. It dominates what is a (very) niche market of high-end woven cotton and linen handkerchiefs. That market that has grown substantially in recent years. When Benjamin Simonnot (p...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsMay 23rd 2016

Maison Bourgeat – finished bespoke glasses

May 6th 2016

*Since this article was written, Maison Bourgeat closed and Guillaume left the business. It has now re-opened under new management* A few weeks ago I received my finished bespoke glasses from Maison Bourgeat in Paris. ...

Maison Bourgeat – finished bespoke glasses

*Since this article was written, Maison Bourgeat closed and Guillaume left the business. It has now re-opened under new management* A few weeks ago I received my finished bespoke glasses from Maison Bourgeat in Paris. ...

Accessories - GlassesMay 6th 2016

James Smith & Son umbrellas, London

April 22nd 2016

The following is an extract from my book Best of British: The Stories Behind Britain’s Iconic Brands , published by Prestel. Dedicated copies are available to buy here – James Smith & Sons Two or three...

James Smith & Son umbrellas, London

The following is an extract from my book Best of British: The Stories Behind Britain’s Iconic Brands , published by Prestel. Dedicated copies are available to buy here – James Smith & Sons Two or three...

Accessories - OxfordApril 22nd 2016

The Rake collaborations

April 21st 2016

I’ve had a few questions from readers as to my views on The Rake’s new collaborations – products that the magazine started selling on its site a couple of months ago. I’ve seen most of them fi...

The Rake collaborations

I’ve had a few questions from readers as to my views on The Rake’s new collaborations – products that the magazine started selling on its site a couple of months ago. I’ve seen most of them fi...

Boot - ScarvesApril 21st 2016

Frank Clegg bags – five years later

April 8th 2016

I first got to know Frank Clegg five years ago, back when the company was still Lotuff & Clegg. I bought a beautiful leather tote bag in 2011 – and have continued to recommend it ever since. Unfortunately J...

Frank Clegg bags – five years later

I first got to know Frank Clegg five years ago, back when the company was still Lotuff & Clegg. I bought a beautiful leather tote bag in 2011 – and have continued to recommend it ever since. Unfortunately J...

Accessories - BagsApril 8th 2016

Santa Maria Novella, Florence – the factory a...

March 25th 2016

The current state of Florentine perfumer Santa Maria Novella raises interesting questions about quality and product perception. Earlier in the year myself and Luke were given a tour around the brand’s new manufa...

Santa Maria Novella, Florence – the factory a...

The current state of Florentine perfumer Santa Maria Novella raises interesting questions about quality and product perception. Earlier in the year myself and Luke were given a tour around the brand’s new manufa...

Accessories - PerfumeMarch 25th 2016

Lavabre Cadet glove maker, Paris-Millau

March 16th 2016

It is rare these days that I cover someone for the first time who is genuinely a step above their peers. Yet such is the case with Lavabre Cadet. I had known of the French glove maker for several years, but never met...

Lavabre Cadet glove maker, Paris-Millau

It is rare these days that I cover someone for the first time who is genuinely a step above their peers. Yet such is the case with Lavabre Cadet. I had known of the French glove maker for several years, but never met...

Accessories - GlovesMarch 16th 2016

The stories of Lock & Co hatters

February 12th 2016

Horatio Nelson first walked into Lock & Co hatters in November 1800. He had just returned from the Mediterranean, and came into the St James’s Street store to order a cocked hat and cockade. The two-cornered ...

The stories of Lock & Co hatters

Horatio Nelson first walked into Lock & Co hatters in November 1800. He had just returned from the Mediterranean, and came into the St James’s Street store to order a cocked hat and cockade. The two-cornered ...

Accessories - HatsFebruary 12th 2016

Brands review III: Son of a Tailor, d’Alember...

February 5th 2016

This has become a Permanent Style feature in the past couple of years. An opportunity to mention the dozens of brands that email asking me to review their product, but never get a full post because they don’t qu...

Brands review III: Son of a Tailor, d’Alember...

This has become a Permanent Style feature in the past couple of years. An opportunity to mention the dozens of brands that email asking me to review their product, but never get a full post because they don’t qu...

Belts and wallets - GlassesFebruary 5th 2016

The history and families of fragrance

February 3rd 2016

The history of fragrance is an interesting one. Walking through it, as I did with Floris perfumer Nicola Pozzani recently, shows how subjective many of associations with smell. (You can read the full post about my bes...

The history and families of fragrance

The history of fragrance is an interesting one. Walking through it, as I did with Floris perfumer Nicola Pozzani recently, shows how subjective many of associations with smell. (You can read the full post about my bes...

PerfumeFebruary 3rd 2016

Floris bespoke perfume

February 1st 2016

Floris, the storied London perfumers, recently invited me to try their fragrance customisation service. And I have to say it was one of the most pleasurable bespoke experiences I’ve ever had, rivalled only by my...

Floris bespoke perfume

Floris, the storied London perfumers, recently invited me to try their fragrance customisation service. And I have to say it was one of the most pleasurable bespoke experiences I’ve ever had, rivalled only by my...

Accessories - OxfordFebruary 1st 2016

Accessories Symposium: The debate

January 21st 2016

A discussion in front of an audience cannot be long. Particularly when most of them are standing. An hour – max – minus 10 minutes or so for questions. So we had 50 minutes for the talk at our Accessories ...

Accessories Symposium: The debate

A discussion in front of an audience cannot be long. Particularly when most of them are standing. An hour – max – minus 10 minutes or so for questions. So we had 50 minutes for the talk at our Accessories ...

AccessoriesJanuary 21st 2016

Accessories Symposium: Our speakers

January 20th 2016

Michael Hill, Drake’s For the Accessories Symposium last week, we gathered together representatives from six brands that make some of the finest examples of their product anywhere in the world. I was also keen ...

Accessories Symposium: Our speakers

Michael Hill, Drake’s For the Accessories Symposium last week, we gathered together representatives from six brands that make some of the finest examples of their product anywhere in the world. I was also keen ...

AccessoriesJanuary 20th 2016

The Accessories Symposium, Pitti Uomo

January 15th 2016

The third in our Symposium series, looking at some of the finest makers of accessories in the world, was an absolute pleasure on Wednesday. I’ll write more next week about the discussion and the broader event, ...

The Accessories Symposium, Pitti Uomo

The third in our Symposium series, looking at some of the finest makers of accessories in the world, was an absolute pleasure on Wednesday. I’ll write more next week about the discussion and the broader event, ...

AccessoriesJanuary 15th 2016

Video: How to tie a scarf

January 13th 2016

Another practical piece for everyone: my five favourite ways to wear a scarf – with a jacket, with an overcoat or with knitwear. Begg & Co and I collaborated on the video, which is also available on their...

Video: How to tie a scarf

Another practical piece for everyone: my five favourite ways to wear a scarf – with a jacket, with an overcoat or with knitwear. Begg & Co and I collaborated on the video, which is also available on their...

Accessories - ScarvesJanuary 13th 2016

If you only had five handkerchiefs – a capsul...

January 7th 2016

A capsule collection has many uses. When you travel for long periods, for example, you want a small but versatile collection of clothes that has a large number of permutations, and suits different occasions. And if yo...

If you only had five handkerchiefs – a capsul...

A capsule collection has many uses. When you travel for long periods, for example, you want a small but versatile collection of clothes that has a large number of permutations, and suits different occasions. And if yo...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsJanuary 7th 2016

Maison Bourgeat – bespoke glasses, Paris

January 4th 2016

*Since this article was written, Maison Bourgeat closed and Guillaume has left. The shop has now re-opened under new management* Maison Bourgeat is an old French glasses manufacturer that was relaunched last year as ...

Maison Bourgeat – bespoke glasses, Paris

*Since this article was written, Maison Bourgeat closed and Guillaume has left. The shop has now re-opened under new management* Maison Bourgeat is an old French glasses manufacturer that was relaunched last year as ...

GlassesJanuary 4th 2016

Heurtault umbrellas, Paris

December 21st 2015

“The opening of the umbrella should sound like a car door,” said Michel Heurtault, looking me meaningfully in the eye. I didn’t get the connection immediately, but he slowly pushed the umbrella open,...

Heurtault umbrellas, Paris

“The opening of the umbrella should sound like a car door,” said Michel Heurtault, looking me meaningfully in the eye. I didn’t get the connection immediately, but he slowly pushed the umbrella open,...

Accessories - UmbrellasDecember 21st 2015

The Accessories Symposium: Drake’s, Begg, Sim...

December 18th 2015

Following our last two events during Pitti Uomo – the Shoemakers Symposium and the Tailors Symposium, we are following up with an event in January that will bring together some of the finest accessories maker...

The Accessories Symposium: Drake’s, Begg, Sim...

Following our last two events during Pitti Uomo – the Shoemakers Symposium and the Tailors Symposium, we are following up with an event in January that will bring together some of the finest accessories maker...

AccessoriesDecember 18th 2015

How to wear the PS square scarf

November 17th 2015

As promised last week – when we introduced our latest collaboration, the PS square scarf – here are some step-by-step guides to wearing it. All images can be enlarged by clicking on them. The scarves are...

How to wear the PS square scarf

As promised last week – when we introduced our latest collaboration, the PS square scarf – here are some step-by-step guides to wearing it. All images can be enlarged by clicking on them. The scarves are...

ScarvesNovember 17th 2015

Introducing: the PS square scarf

November 11th 2015

Men have historically always worn something at the neck – if it wasn’t a tie, it was an ascot or a workman’s neckerchief. Such things are practical, for work and for warmth. Over the past six months w...

Introducing: the PS square scarf

Men have historically always worn something at the neck – if it wasn’t a tie, it was an ascot or a workman’s neckerchief. Such things are practical, for work and for warmth. Over the past six months w...

Accessories - ScarvesNovember 11th 2015

Review: The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear

November 8th 2015

A few weeks ago, Fabio Attanasi of The Bespoke Dudes blog offered to send me some of his glasses to review. I was interested in what he had produced – and it was a good excuse to return to the quality aspects of...

Review: The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear

A few weeks ago, Fabio Attanasi of The Bespoke Dudes blog offered to send me some of his glasses to review. I was interested in what he had produced – and it was a good excuse to return to the quality aspects of...

Accessories - GlassesNovember 8th 2015

Viccel over-the-calf socks

October 28th 2015

For the past month I have been testing Viccel socks, a Turkish manufacturer that pretty much only sells through its own website. If they tested well, I hoped Viccel would be a good value alternative for over-the-calf ...

Viccel over-the-calf socks

For the past month I have been testing Viccel socks, a Turkish manufacturer that pretty much only sells through its own website. If they tested well, I hoped Viccel would be a good value alternative for over-the-calf ...

SocksOctober 28th 2015

Video: Hand-sewing a belt (and a watch strap)

October 27th 2015

The more I write about this industry, the longer it is since I first covered someone. It’s nice, but it always surprises me how fast the time goes. I wrote about Equus Leather back in 2011, and purchased one of...

Video: Hand-sewing a belt (and a watch strap)

The more I write about this industry, the longer it is since I first covered someone. It’s nice, but it always surprises me how fast the time goes. I wrote about Equus Leather back in 2011, and purchased one of...

Accessories - Belts and walletsOctober 27th 2015