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 entirely hand sewn, often rather or...

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...

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'd never seen before. Because...

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 the...

Bags - Hanks and scarvesOctober 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; born in 1959, he trained at ...

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 design...

Bags - Belts and walletsSeptember 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 was keen to bring together: ...

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 w...

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 Spend It - probably the UK's lea...

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 S...

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 between the pursuits of style,...

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. The first time I took down one ...

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. ...

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 £258 We start with a small compan...

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 £258 We ...

Bags - Belts and walletsJune 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 Joe Lotuff, who I inter...

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.  Unfortunate...

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 missing. Mont Blanc used to made its...

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 mis...

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 European writing paper in the first...

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 E...

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 limited to 20 pieces. Dimensions...

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...

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 control machinery, and none hav...

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...

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 pleasing trend in more s...

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 pleas...

Bags - ShoesJune 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 – the value of inv...

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 R...

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 dozens of start-ups that conta...

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 doz...

Bags - Belts and walletsApril 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 was founded in 1950 by the Fran...

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 Cuoi...

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 product first-hand. ...

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 ...

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 of barks in combination, part...

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 of bar...

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, then, are five more, ...

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. Her...

Bags - Glasses and jewelleryFebruary 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 its rugged mix of bridle le...

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, wit...

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 Simpson factory is one of only a han...

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 Si...

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 from Bentley’s. It o...

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 suitcas...

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 product. They often involve men&...

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...

Bags - Hanks and scarvesSeptember 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 RJ Simpson and Dunhill, and som...

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 ...

BagsMay 29th 2014