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

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

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

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

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

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

Mont Blanc leather facility, Florence

October 9th 2015

The Mont Blanc leather facility is in an industrial park just outside Florence. All the big names of fashion are here. Gucci is across the road, Prada a few blocks down. Only Hermes from among the top brands is missin...

Mont Blanc leather facility, Florence

The Mont Blanc leather facility is in an industrial park just outside Florence. All the big names of fashion are here. Gucci is across the road, Prada a few blocks down. Only Hermes from among the top brands is missin...

Bags - Belts and walletsOctober 9th 2015

My vintage leather folio

September 23rd 2015

I bought this vintage folio from Bentleys Antiques in London last year, and it has proved fantastically useful. We can all count ourselves lucky that laptops (well, MacBooks anyway) are only a touch bigger than Europ...

My vintage leather folio

I bought this vintage folio from Bentleys Antiques in London last year, and it has proved fantastically useful. We can all count ourselves lucky that laptops (well, MacBooks anyway) are only a touch bigger than Europ...

Accessories - BagsSeptember 23rd 2015

The PS tote bag now available – exclusively t...

August 31st 2015

UPDATE: Thanks for sales so far. A handful are left, and sales will close September 9th Our one-piece leather tote bag, made by Globe-Trotter in Hertfordshire, England, is now available to order. This run will be li...

The PS tote bag now available – exclusively t...

UPDATE: Thanks for sales so far. A handful are left, and sales will close September 9th Our one-piece leather tote bag, made by Globe-Trotter in Hertfordshire, England, is now available to order. This run will be li...

Accessories - BagsAugust 31st 2015

Quality control at Mont Blanc leather goods

August 3rd 2015

The most striking thing about the Mont Blanc leather factory, which we visited last month, was the pairing of modern computer technology and traditional leather craftsmanship. Few leather factories have good quality c...

Quality control at Mont Blanc leather goods

The most striking thing about the Mont Blanc leather factory, which we visited last month, was the pairing of modern computer technology and traditional leather craftsmanship. Few leather factories have good quality c...

Accessories - BagsAugust 3rd 2015

Brio menswear store – Beijing, China

June 15th 2015

  Last month we had a book launch at the Brio menswear store in Beijing. It’s worth running through a few more details of the shop – because the stock is interesting, and because it is part of a pleasi...

Brio menswear store – Beijing, China

  Last month we had a book launch at the Brio menswear store in Beijing. It’s worth running through a few more details of the shop – because the stock is interesting, and because it is part of a pleasi...

Bags - BootJune 15th 2015

Ten bags over ten years

June 1st 2015

One of the advantages of a long-running blog, perhaps, is the ability to look back and see how purchases have performed over time. It’s particularly useful when we emphasise – as we do, day after day –...

Ten bags over ten years

One of the advantages of a long-running blog, perhaps, is the ability to look back and see how purchases have performed over time. It’s particularly useful when we emphasise – as we do, day after day –...

BagsJune 1st 2015

Brands review II: Vocier, Simon& Me, Moreca, T...

April 20th 2015

Last September I did a post rounding up small brands that I had tried, but weren’t quite good enough to recommend with a full write-up. It went down well, and seems like a good vehicle to mention some of the doze...

Brands review II: Vocier, Simon& Me, Moreca, T...

Last September I did a post rounding up small brands that I had tried, but weren’t quite good enough to recommend with a full write-up. It went down well, and seems like a good vehicle to mention some of the doze...

Accessories - BagsApril 20th 2015

Scuola del Cuoio, Florence

April 3rd 2015

Scuola del Cuoio, the Florentine leather manufacturer, has a great story. Most of the products may not be suited to Permanent Style, but the school is worth highlighting and the story worth telling. Scuola del Cuoio w...

Scuola del Cuoio, Florence

Scuola del Cuoio, the Florentine leather manufacturer, has a great story. Most of the products may not be suited to Permanent Style, but the school is worth highlighting and the story worth telling. Scuola del Cuoio w...

Accessories - BagsApril 3rd 2015

Ghurka luggage launches in the UK

March 20th 2015

American leather-goods brand Ghurka has just launched in London, with a nicely done space at Fortnum & Mason. I’ll post more detail on Ghurka, its make and quality, at a later date when I’ve used the pr...

Ghurka luggage launches in the UK

American leather-goods brand Ghurka has just launched in London, with a nicely done space at Fortnum & Mason. I’ll post more detail on Ghurka, its make and quality, at a later date when I’ve used the pr...

Accessories - BagsMarch 20th 2015

Böle’s spruce-bark bags

February 27th 2015

Böle is a Swedish tannery and leather goods brand, with a beautifully made product and unique selling point. Böle is the last remaining spruce-bark tannery in the world. Leather is often tanned with a variety...

Böle’s spruce-bark bags

Böle is a Swedish tannery and leather goods brand, with a beautifully made product and unique selling point. Böle is the last remaining spruce-bark tannery in the world. Leather is often tanned with a variety...

Accessories - BagsFebruary 27th 2015

Reflections on bespoke 2: J Panther, Tom Davies and...

February 18th 2015

My last ‘reflections on bespoke’ post back in January was very popular. Readers seemed to respond to the assessment of bespoke commissions with the wisdom of hindsight, and I have to say I sympathise. Here,...

Reflections on bespoke 2: J Panther, Tom Davies and...

My last ‘reflections on bespoke’ post back in January was very popular. Readers seemed to respond to the assessment of bespoke commissions with the wisdom of hindsight, and I have to say I sympathise. Here,...

Accessories - BagsFebruary 18th 2015

Filson bags

February 16th 2015

I’ve known Filson bags for quite a few years now, but only got to know the management back in January when I met the President, Gray Madden (above). The aesthetic of Filson bags has a lot to recommend it, with i...

Filson bags

I’ve known Filson bags for quite a few years now, but only got to know the management back in January when I met the President, Gray Madden (above). The aesthetic of Filson bags has a lot to recommend it, with i...

BagsFebruary 16th 2015

Russian reindeer box by Cleverley/Balvenie

November 14th 2014

Readers will be familiar with the points about Cleverley and Russian reindeer in the above, but there is some nice footage of the closing on Cleverleys, and the technique of making a wood-framed box. The Robert Simpso...

Russian reindeer box by Cleverley/Balvenie

Readers will be familiar with the points about Cleverley and Russian reindeer in the above, but there is some nice footage of the closing on Cleverleys, and the technique of making a wood-framed box. The Robert Simpso...

Accessories - BagsNovember 14th 2014

Postcard from Scotland – crocodile suitcase

November 2nd 2014

Up in Scotland for the next few days, visiting Begg, Mackintosh and Robert Noble. Driving rain for the drive yesterday, but a beautifully cold and sunny morning today. My favourite weather. Vintage crocodile suitcase ...

Postcard from Scotland – crocodile suitcase

Up in Scotland for the next few days, visiting Begg, Mackintosh and Robert Noble. Driving rain for the drive yesterday, but a beautifully cold and sunny morning today. My favourite weather. Vintage crocodile suitcase ...

Accessories - BagsNovember 2nd 2014

Brands review: Deux Cuirs, Svbscription, Cornerston...

September 22nd 2014

Every week, around a dozen small companies contact me about their product. Each one has a great idea. It may be glasses made to measure, luxury socks or mystery gift boxes, but each is convinced he has an exciting new pr...

Brands review: Deux Cuirs, Svbscription, Cornerston...

Every week, around a dozen small companies contact me about their product. Each one has a great idea. It may be glasses made to measure, luxury socks or mystery gift boxes, but each is convinced he has an exciting new pr...

Accessories - BagsSeptember 22nd 2014

The Asprey workrooms, London

May 29th 2014

While there are many workrooms in central London dedicated to menswear, most of them are given over to tailoring, or occasionally shoemaking. There are a handful of leather factories in east and north London, such as R...

The Asprey workrooms, London

While there are many workrooms in central London dedicated to menswear, most of them are given over to tailoring, or occasionally shoemaking. There are a handful of leather factories in east and north London, such as R...

Accessories - BagsMay 29th 2014

Globe-Trotter leather bags

May 2nd 2014

I was a little sceptical when I heard that Globe-Trotter was expanding into leather goods. It made business sense – lovely as the suitcases are, they are never going to be more than an occasional purchase, and the ...

Globe-Trotter leather bags

I was a little sceptical when I heard that Globe-Trotter was expanding into leather goods. It made business sense – lovely as the suitcases are, they are never going to be more than an occasional purchase, and the ...

Accessories - BagsMay 2nd 2014

The evolution of Globe-Trotter

April 21st 2014

One of the most interesting things about visiting Globe-Trotter recently was learning how the company has evolved. Like most British brands, although old, its history is a chequered one – which is all the more reas...

The evolution of Globe-Trotter

One of the most interesting things about visiting Globe-Trotter recently was learning how the company has evolved. Like most British brands, although old, its history is a chequered one – which is all the more reas...

Bags - MAIN CATEGORIESApril 21st 2014

How a Globe-Trotter suitcase is made

April 14th 2014

A Globe-Trotter suitcase is unique in the world because of the baseboard used to form its body. Made of 14 sheets of paper and glue, it is compressed under pressure into a vulcanised material that is lightweight yet extr...

How a Globe-Trotter suitcase is made

A Globe-Trotter suitcase is unique in the world because of the baseboard used to form its body. Made of 14 sheets of paper and glue, it is compressed under pressure into a vulcanised material that is lightweight yet extr...

Accessories - BagsApril 14th 2014

Bespoke leather folio: MES Leather

April 4th 2014

Over the past few months I’ve got to know Jonatan Staniec, a leather worker who produces his own, hand-sewn leather goods from a studio in London under the brand M.E.S. Hand sewing is not that hard to do (despite m...

Bespoke leather folio: MES Leather

Over the past few months I’ve got to know Jonatan Staniec, a leather worker who produces his own, hand-sewn leather goods from a studio in London under the brand M.E.S. Hand sewing is not that hard to do (despite m...

Accessories - BagsApril 4th 2014

Troubadour leather goods – in HTSI

January 31st 2014

My latest column for How to Spend It looks at Troubadour, the luxury leather goods brand that combines some beautiful veg-dyed hides with contemporary style and colour. The column, called Inside Track, aims to highlight ...

Troubadour leather goods – in HTSI

My latest column for How to Spend It looks at Troubadour, the luxury leather goods brand that combines some beautiful veg-dyed hides with contemporary style and colour. The column, called Inside Track, aims to highlight ...

Accessories - BagsJanuary 31st 2014

Animation – in Anderson & Sheppard, Dunh...

December 17th 2013

I’ve received a few odd communications over the years, but this is the first time anyone has drawn a cartoon of me. As a big fan of graphic novels myself, particularly Chris Ware, this was a lovely thing to receive...

Animation – in Anderson & Sheppard, Dunh...

I’ve received a few odd communications over the years, but this is the first time anyone has drawn a cartoon of me. As a big fan of graphic novels myself, particularly Chris Ware, this was a lovely thing to receive...

Accessories - BagsDecember 17th 2013

A (Christmas) word from our sponsors

November 18th 2013

One of the nice things about having nice advertisers is the range of Christmas shopping ideas they present. Here are my favourites. Among the best additions to the collection at Drake’s are the untipped cashmeres i...

A (Christmas) word from our sponsors

One of the nice things about having nice advertisers is the range of Christmas shopping ideas they present. Here are my favourites. Among the best additions to the collection at Drake’s are the untipped cashmeres i...

Accessories - BagsNovember 18th 2013

The growth of men’s bags – FT article

October 18th 2013

The growth of men’s bags as a sector is quite incredible. Menswear as a whole has outstripped women’s clothing for a few years now, as we’ve accepted the idea of buying better clothes and wearing them b...

The growth of men’s bags – FT article

The growth of men’s bags as a sector is quite incredible. Menswear as a whole has outstripped women’s clothing for a few years now, as we’ve accepted the idea of buying better clothes and wearing them b...

Accessories - BagsOctober 18th 2013

Buying a modern man bag

September 20th 2013

Dear Simon, I have been wearing a messenger bag for some time for commuting as it’s a very handy way of containing all the bulk and occasional papers that I have to cart around with me. However, I have worried for ...

Buying a modern man bag

Dear Simon, I have been wearing a messenger bag for some time for commuting as it’s a very handy way of containing all the bulk and occasional papers that I have to cart around with me. However, I have worried for ...

Accessories - BagsSeptember 20th 2013

How to buy a leather bag on a budget

May 24th 2013

Hi Simon, I’ve been following Permanent Style for a while now, as well as investing significantly more of my time trying to learn more about menswear. As my style has evolved and I find myself wearing a blazer or s...

How to buy a leather bag on a budget

Hi Simon, I’ve been following Permanent Style for a while now, as well as investing significantly more of my time trying to learn more about menswear. As my style has evolved and I find myself wearing a blazer or s...

Accessories - BagsMay 24th 2013

A travel innovation: VBC 1663 Bellagio Rolling Bag

May 20th 2013

I’ve been travelling for the past two weeks, and while I fold my suits very assiduously (inside out, shoulder into shoulder, around a pair of trousers), they clearly suffered over the multiple journeys. I have no s...

A travel innovation: VBC 1663 Bellagio Rolling Bag

I’ve been travelling for the past two weeks, and while I fold my suits very assiduously (inside out, shoulder into shoulder, around a pair of trousers), they clearly suffered over the multiple journeys. I have no s...

Accessories - BagsMay 20th 2013

How to buy a leather bag

March 12th 2013

Leather bags are unique among men’s accessories. A good one will last a lifetime and, if treated well, look better at the end than the beginning of your life together. Only leather has this attribute, gaining an...

How to buy a leather bag

Leather bags are unique among men’s accessories. A good one will last a lifetime and, if treated well, look better at the end than the beginning of your life together. Only leather has this attribute, gaining an...

Accessories - BagsMarch 12th 2013

How great things age: Bown weekend bag

December 17th 2012

Three years ago I met Judy Bown, a bag designer who had left her previous career working for companies such as Mulberry, Asprey and Tanner Krolle to set up her own label. The make of her bags was superb. The edges were i...

How great things age: Bown weekend bag

Three years ago I met Judy Bown, a bag designer who had left her previous career working for companies such as Mulberry, Asprey and Tanner Krolle to set up her own label. The make of her bags was superb. The edges were i...

Accessories - BagsDecember 17th 2012

Louis Vuitton Alzer, hand painted

December 7th 2012

This is a shot from a feature coming up in The Rake next year – on the VIP painting service at Louis Vuitton. I love my Alzer case. Hard-sided cases are one of the few things made by hand by Vuitton, at the old Asn...

Louis Vuitton Alzer, hand painted

This is a shot from a feature coming up in The Rake next year – on the VIP painting service at Louis Vuitton. I love my Alzer case. Hard-sided cases are one of the few things made by hand by Vuitton, at the old Asn...

Accessories - BagsDecember 7th 2012

Cherchbi bags: Tweed, leather and brass

November 11th 2012

The recent Best of Britannia exhibition in London showcased small, craft-based British companies making everything from kitchen knives to bicycles. It included some Permanent Style favourites such as Hiut jeans, Dashing ...

Cherchbi bags: Tweed, leather and brass

The recent Best of Britannia exhibition in London showcased small, craft-based British companies making everything from kitchen knives to bicycles. It included some Permanent Style favourites such as Hiut jeans, Dashing ...

Accessories - BagsNovember 11th 2012

Postcard from Paris

July 27th 2012

In Paris this week visiting all the big tailors, interviewing Jean Grimbert of Arnys and looking at slightly odd watch straps. Look out for posts over the next few weeks. Below, my Wilfrids from Pierre Corthay (slightly ...

Postcard from Paris

In Paris this week visiting all the big tailors, interviewing Jean Grimbert of Arnys and looking at slightly odd watch straps. Look out for posts over the next few weeks. Below, my Wilfrids from Pierre Corthay (slightly ...

Accessories - BagsJuly 27th 2012

Hype luggage: Review

July 23rd 2012

Hype iPad cover, £150 There is a surprising lack of good, mid-market leather products and bags out there. By mid-market I mean those stitched by machine rather than by hand (which adds considerably to the price) bu...

Hype luggage: Review

Hype iPad cover, £150 There is a surprising lack of good, mid-market leather products and bags out there. By mid-market I mean those stitched by machine rather than by hand (which adds considerably to the price) bu...

Accessories - BagsJuly 23rd 2012

Louis Vuitton: The Art of Packing

May 9th 2012

The Louis Vuitton press day last week had much to recommend it. I find that fans of classic style often dismiss fashion designers a bit too readily: a handful of them including Marc Jacobs are often worth perusing for th...

Louis Vuitton: The Art of Packing

The Louis Vuitton press day last week had much to recommend it. I find that fans of classic style often dismiss fashion designers a bit too readily: a handful of them including Marc Jacobs are often worth perusing for th...

Accessories - BagsMay 9th 2012

Cleverley bespoke luggage introduced

November 24th 2011

While on the subject of bespoke luggage, Cleverley recently started doing its own pieces with two old guys situated down in its Cornwall workshop. Leather bags were previously made by the Robert Simpson factory that also...

Cleverley bespoke luggage introduced

While on the subject of bespoke luggage, Cleverley recently started doing its own pieces with two old guys situated down in its Cornwall workshop. Leather bags were previously made by the Robert Simpson factory that also...

Accessories - BagsNovember 24th 2011

The Merchant Fox

November 10th 2011

Douglas Cordeaux took over the running of weavers Fox Brothers in 2009, along with his friend and Dragon’s Den resident Deborah Meaden. When he moved down to Somerset, despite high expectations, he was blown away b...

The Merchant Fox

Douglas Cordeaux took over the running of weavers Fox Brothers in 2009, along with his friend and Dragon’s Den resident Deborah Meaden. When he moved down to Somerset, despite high expectations, he was blown away b...

Accessories - BagsNovember 10th 2011

Cycling bags

October 10th 2011

A few months ago I was asked by a reader what cycle bag I used. I apologise for not answering sooner. The reason was partly forgetfulness and partly the fact that I knew Rapha was coming out with its full range of bags s...

Cycling bags

A few months ago I was asked by a reader what cycle bag I used. I apologise for not answering sooner. The reason was partly forgetfulness and partly the fact that I knew Rapha was coming out with its full range of bags s...

Accessories - BagsOctober 10th 2011

Hermes: The bags

September 14th 2011

It’s not surprising that, given the focus on Hermès over the past week, I’ve had questions about what man’s bags they have and where they can be obtained. Hermès bags are often made in sma...

Hermes: The bags

It’s not surprising that, given the focus on Hermès over the past week, I’ve had questions about what man’s bags they have and where they can be obtained. Hermès bags are often made in sma...

Accessories - BagsSeptember 14th 2011

Hermes: Interiew, Claire Marie

September 9th 2011

Claire Marie is the artisan in the Bond Street branch of Hermès. It is her job to make alterations and repairs to client’s belts, bags and other leather accessories. As reported in a previous post in this se...

Hermes: Interiew, Claire Marie

Claire Marie is the artisan in the Bond Street branch of Hermès. It is her job to make alterations and repairs to client’s belts, bags and other leather accessories. As reported in a previous post in this se...

Accessories - BagsSeptember 9th 2011