Connolly: Style and fashion meet on Clifford Street

July 14th 2017

Connolly, which opened on Clifford Street at the end of last year, is one of the most interesting new menswear stores London has had for a while. It offers luxury clothing, both under its own name and a few European bra...

Connolly: Style and fashion meet on Clifford Street

Connolly, which opened on Clifford Street at the end of last year, is one of the most interesting new menswear stores London has had for a while. It offers luxury clothing, both under its own name and a few European bra...

Accessories - BagsJuly 14th 2017

How a hand-sewn alligator strap is made

June 16th 2017

This video, just completed by Charlie at Equus Leather, is a wonderfully expressive demonstration of leatherwork. I particularly like the sound detail - that sinewy scrape of knife cutting through alligator skin. Watch...

How a hand-sewn alligator strap is made

This video, just completed by Charlie at Equus Leather, is a wonderfully expressive demonstration of leatherwork. I particularly like the sound detail - that sinewy scrape of knife cutting through alligator skin. Watch...

Accessories - Belts and walletsJune 16th 2017

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

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

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

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

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

The beauty of a vintage alligator cigar case

July 22nd 2015

I’m a big fan of vintage leather goods. There’s nothing like a real, century-old patina on alligator or bridle leather; plus silver or brass hardware that you can let tarnish or keep polished and shiny. O...

The beauty of a vintage alligator cigar case

I’m a big fan of vintage leather goods. There’s nothing like a real, century-old patina on alligator or bridle leather; plus silver or brass hardware that you can let tarnish or keep polished and shiny. O...

Accessories - Belts and walletsJuly 22nd 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

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

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

Jean Rousseau small leather goods

June 28th 2013

In the past few weeks I have spent quite a lot of time with the lovely staff at Jean Rousseau in the Piccadilly Arcade. One of France’s hidden secrets in the leather trade, Jean Rousseau make lovely watch straps, b...

Jean Rousseau small leather goods

In the past few weeks I have spent quite a lot of time with the lovely staff at Jean Rousseau in the Piccadilly Arcade. One of France’s hidden secrets in the leather trade, Jean Rousseau make lovely watch straps, b...

Accessories - Belts and walletsJune 28th 2013

Reader question: belts with suits

March 29th 2013

Simon I have been thinking lately about removing the belt loops from some of my bespoke suit trousers. I was previously convinced that I wanted to remove the belt loops, but now I’m confused after discussing it wit...

Reader question: belts with suits

Simon I have been thinking lately about removing the belt loops from some of my bespoke suit trousers. I was previously convinced that I wanted to remove the belt loops, but now I’m confused after discussing it wit...

Accessories - Belts and walletsMarch 29th 2013

Chester Mox hand-sewn wallets

February 27th 2013

A reader commented recently that it would be nice to feature a few things on the blog that were more affordable. Well one thing that is certainly affordable for most men is a good wallet – and given that he will us...

Chester Mox hand-sewn wallets

A reader commented recently that it would be nice to feature a few things on the blog that were more affordable. Well one thing that is certainly affordable for most men is a good wallet – and given that he will us...

Accessories - Belts and walletsFebruary 27th 2013

Wallets: reader question

January 16th 2013

Dear Mr Simon, Let me first say that I always admire your passion and insight into gentlemen’s garments. I am a fan of Permanent Style and I have been hooked on it for years. I have one long-standing question...

Wallets: reader question

Dear Mr Simon, Let me first say that I always admire your passion and insight into gentlemen’s garments. I am a fan of Permanent Style and I have been hooked on it for years. I have one long-standing question...

Accessories - Belts and walletsJanuary 16th 2013

Bespoke leather at Dunhill

November 23rd 2011

Just over a year ago, Dunhill began offering bespoke leather services at Bourdon House in London. Tomasz Nosarzewski, whom readers might remember from my visit to the Walthamstow Dunhill factory last year, began spending...

Bespoke leather at Dunhill

Just over a year ago, Dunhill began offering bespoke leather services at Bourdon House in London. Tomasz Nosarzewski, whom readers might remember from my visit to the Walthamstow Dunhill factory last year, began spending...

Accessories - Belts and walletsNovember 23rd 2011

Handmade belts: Equus Leather

February 7th 2011

I’ve been sent photographs of my things being made before, but never a video. This is a step up. In case you can’t tell, it’s a bridle leather belt, being made to measure for me by Charlie Trevor of Equ...

Handmade belts: Equus Leather

I’ve been sent photographs of my things being made before, but never a video. This is a step up. In case you can’t tell, it’s a bridle leather belt, being made to measure for me by Charlie Trevor of Equ...

Accessories - Belts and walletsFebruary 7th 2011

How to buy luxury: Notebooks

August 31st 2008

Those familiar with my How to Buy Luxury series will remember that I have a few straightforward guidelines for buying luxury effectively. (Here luxury will be defined as whatever is just beyond the top end of your budget...

How to buy luxury: Notebooks

Those familiar with my How to Buy Luxury series will remember that I have a few straightforward guidelines for buying luxury effectively. (Here luxury will be defined as whatever is just beyond the top end of your budget...

Accessories - Belts and walletsAugust 31st 2008