Experimenting with the smock, or anorak

January 13th 2023

Fifteen years ago, I wrote a piece called ‘ Enjoy your fashion cycle ’. Ten years later, in 2018, there was one called ‘ How I filter fashions ’. Today, I find myself thinking along the same lines as we explore casual (but of...

Experimenting with the smock, or anorak

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Fair enough, can't really blame you for that. For some days in the elements it's a safety issue as much as anything else....

Casual clothingJanuary 13th 2023

Overshirt, chore, teba: Defining the new casual j...

November 23rd 2022

In recent years, casual alternatives to the tailored jacket have become increasingly popular, and we've talked about a lot of them on PS. However, it's not always clear what's meant by different terms and types, or what their differences in style a...

Overshirt, chore, teba: Defining the new casual j...

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Thanks, Garry, and glad to see Simon and you both agree on this. A modernised take on the safari, which would mean minus the epaulets and at least a minimised or de-ephasised belt (half belt, internal cinch instead, or n...

Casual clothing - JacketsNovember 23rd 2022

J Press, Stock Vintage, CHCM, Snyder: New New York

October 24th 2022

It was really nice to be in New York last week, after a break of three years. (The last time being for our Ivy Symposium .) I got to see many old friends, both in the industry (Steven Taffel of Leffot and I realised we both have our 15-year anniver...

J Press, Stock Vintage, CHCM, Snyder: New New York

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Thanks, yes I've seen those labels before. I think there is quite a bit that's still handwoven, as in it's not too hard to find, even if it's of course a tiny proportion of the market. Crofts in Lewis and Harris are the ...

Casual clothing - DenimOctober 24th 2022

Reader profile: Shun

October 17th 2022

With the PS reader profiles, we’re always looking to add something different - a different style, a different age, hopefully at some point a different location. Although Shun’s love of classic menswear will be shared by many, he is a li...

Reader profile: Shun

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Many thanks for this thoughtful and honest response Andrew, much appreciated!...

Casual clothing - JacketsOctober 17th 2022

Holiday snaps 2022: Illustrating versatile packing

August 17th 2022

In recent weeks you may have noticed comments have not been published quite as quickly as normal. That’s because I’ve been on holiday - in the north of Portugal, where my wife’s family is from. It’s a beautiful part of the w...

Holiday snaps 2022: Illustrating versatile packing

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Have a look here Shem https://boutique.marinenationale.gouv.fr/fr_FR/la-selection-d-hiver They are decent quality,but cut slim....

Casual clothing - Glasses and jewelleryAugust 17th 2022

Aimé Leon Dore launches in the UK – worth a visit?

July 13th 2022

There has been a fair amount of excitement in London at the opening of the new Aimé Leon Dore shop in Soho – their first outside the US. I can understand why. New menswear stores are rare at the moment, the dominant narrative being of s...

Aimé Leon Dore launches in the UK – worth a visit?

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Not for me...

Casual clothing - ShirtsJuly 13th 2022

Summer Top 10: Polos, more polos, and espadrilles

July 6th 2022

I wasn’t going to do a ‘high summer’ version of our seasonal Top 10. After all, the spring edition back in April included such things as panama hats and boat shoes. But everyone’s stock has been arriving so late that the int...

Summer Top 10: Polos, more polos, and espadrilles

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Probably not, no. I'd prefer a lower collar, and probably a more casual linen too...

Casual clothing - ShoesJuly 6th 2022

The canvas chore coat – and buying vintage ...

June 29th 2022

I increasingly find that for the kind of casual outerwear I wear at the weekend (for taking the kids to the park, and similarly hard-wearing activities) I always prefer vintage. There are exceptions, of course. A Bryceland’s white chore coat ...

The canvas chore coat – and buying vintage ...

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If they're a similar shade, then yes probably. Could look a little odd otherwise...

Casual clothing - CoatsJune 29th 2022

My battered Barbour: A rewaxing service to recommend

June 27th 2022

By André Larnyoh When I first got this Barbour jacket, I remember wondering if it was really me. I was around 19, taking all my inspiration from Pinterest boards and The Ivy Handbook. A waxed motorcycle jacket seemed off the beaten track. But...

My battered Barbour: A rewaxing service to recommend

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Hi,my grandson is now wearing his late granddad's Barbour jacket after having it re waxed. His older brother did the same some years ago. The jacket is about 35+years old..Their granddad would have been dead chuffed to s...

Casual clothing - JacketsJune 27th 2022

Reader profile: Cedric

June 17th 2022

Cedric works in the art world, and as such is rarely formal. But he retains an interest in tailoring, has childhood memories of going to Huntsman, and is even talking to Fred Nieddu about his first bespoke. He also has a depth of interest in Americ...

Reader profile: Cedric

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I have seen and tried them Jim, but don't own any. They are very big in the body compared to most regular shirts and I found that too much personally...

Casual clothing - JacketsJune 17th 2022

Brut Archives, Paris: Evolving vintage

May 30th 2022

Brut is an interesting French brand, and store. Since it was founded by Paul Ben Chemhoun (below) in 2012, it has evolved from a vintage shop, into a home for rescued and reworked clothing, and now its own brand. When I visited earlier this year wi...

Brut Archives, Paris: Evolving vintage

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I don't think that many people have a local army dumpstore, and it certainly doesn't have an online presence. It takes a good amount of time and money to be able to provide that kind of access to those products. Plus, in...

Casual clothing - TrousersMay 30th 2022

The Spring Top 10: Fun, paper and lavender

April 20th 2022

It’s that time of the year again. Brands have been receiving all the spring clothing they ordered last year, even though they weren’t quite sure whether it would arrive, or be swallowed by an unexpected lockdown. So rejoice, there are n...

The Spring Top 10: Fun, paper and lavender

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Thank you for pointing out carrier company. The jacket was not for me but I came across the fisherman’s jumper. A robust navy roll neck with raglan sleeves - I has been looking for one like this with raglan sleeves for...

Casual clothing - CoatsApril 20th 2022

A guide to piqué cotton polo shirts

April 4th 2022

By Manish Puri Whilst the recent sun in London has brought a sugar rush of excitement for the warmer days that lie ahead, it also brings a more troubling, recurring question: how do I usually dress for summer? It shouldn’t be difficult to answ...

A guide to piqué cotton polo shirts

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Casual clothing - ShirtsApril 4th 2022

Anatomica, Paris: The clothes and the history

March 23rd 2022

Anatomica is one of my favourite shops in Paris. It’s unique, with a range of menswear that’s often exclusive to them - whether under their brand or others’ - and always centred around quality. In fact it has such a reputation - of...

Anatomica, Paris: The clothes and the history

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I realized that my shoe tree issue might be due to the Alden being my first pair in a B widths. I would be thankful for any idea on how to deal with it. I could not find special narrow shoe trees online. J...

Casual clothing - Hanks and scarvesMarch 23rd 2022

Shopping in person at Marrkt, York

March 11th 2022

I was in York last week. It’s where my wife grew up, and I’ve been dozens of times over the years, though not for the past three or four. The centre has a lot more closed shops since Covid; it’s quite sad. But I did notice one big ...

Shopping in person at Marrkt, York

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No, I don't think there is, and there certainly shouldn't be that feeling with the customer either. Poor customer service if there is...

Casual clothing - ShirtsMarch 11th 2022

Introducing: The tapered T-shirt

March 2nd 2022

I’ve always loved Japanese circular-knitted T-shirts. They have so much body, and such a nice hand compared to regular tees. By comparison mainstream T-shirts can feel flimsy, almost like underwear. But the problem, usually, with Japanese te...

Introducing: The tapered T-shirt

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Yes, we're hoping so!...

Casual clothingMarch 2nd 2022

Reader profile: Daniel

February 14th 2022

Meet Daniel. A regular at the pop-up shop, and a man who knows more about wine glasses than you’d care to ask. It’s fair to say that Daniel appreciates good clothes, and knows what styles he likes. But he doesn’t obsess about it. ...

Reader profile: Daniel

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I like that look as well. However, what colour are the trousers - dark navy, dark brown, dark green? Surprisingly difficult to tell from the photos....

Casual clothing - JacketsFebruary 14th 2022

A day out at Rag Parade, Sheffield

February 11th 2022

When you stare at a shop enough on Instagram - seeing new stock highlighted every day - it can seem bigger than it actually is. That was the case with Jojo’s General Store (or Rag Parade) in Sheffield, which myself, Alex and Lucas visited las...

A day out at Rag Parade, Sheffield

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Yeah, it could be easy to miss. Isn't it weird how years do that? When I meet someone born in the 90s it used to freak me out. Now I meet people born in the 2000s....

Casual clothing - CoatsFebruary 11th 2022

Chapal USAAF jacket: How great things age

February 9th 2022

  I think this Chapal jacket holds the record for the review most frequently requested, yet never fulfilled. I do apologise – the past two winters I have meant to shoot and cover it, and things have always got in the way. The upsi...

Chapal USAAF jacket: How great things age

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Yes I'd certainly wear an Oxford like that with it, though probably not with loafers...

Casual clothing - JacketsFebruary 9th 2022

The Real McCoy’s: Modern authenticity, casual luxury

January 24th 2022

Although I’ve known The Real McCoy’s and been a customer for quite a long time, I’ve never really known the company itself very well. So it was niceduring a recent visit to the new shop in London to interview Emika Tsujimoto - the...

The Real McCoy’s: Modern authenticity, casual luxury

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Yes Andy, they were on a short lease, but plan to open again somewhere in London - it's unlikely to happen soon though. In the meantime they might look to do pop-ups as a stop-gap...

Casual clothing - KnitwearJanuary 24th 2022

Down parka from Nigel Cabourn: How great things age

January 14th 2022

  Over the winter, quite a few readers have asked what I wear for very cold weather. If it’s formal, the answer is a simple variation on the coats we’ve already featured: a heavyweight overcoat like my 30oz from Sartoria Ciardi ...

Down parka from Nigel Cabourn: How great things age

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Interesting article here on Cabourn's design and British Imperialism. Worth a read! https://www.grailed.com/drycleanonly/nigel-cabourn-history...

Casual clothing - CoatsJanuary 14th 2022

Perro: The collection tried and reviewed

January 10th 2022

I don’t think Per and Rock (below) will mind me saying that when I first saw the products and looks coming from their new brand, Perro , they didn’t have a big impact on me. The two of them - previously at menswear shops Linnegatan 2 an...

Perro: The collection tried and reviewed

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I don't think it is, no. I know Rock has stepped back from the business, and I don't think they're adding new products...

Casual clothing - KnitwearJanuary 10th 2022

Clutch chinos review: Soundman, Pherrows, Warehou...

November 29th 2021

  This is the latest in a series of articles we are doing on well-made chinos. You can see the previous articles on a contents page here , and listed on the right of this article (on a desktop). Rather than look at one pair that I own, to...

Clutch chinos review: Soundman, Pherrows, Warehou...

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I guess if your navy overcoat looks a little too smart then you need a more casual coat, at least in an ideal world. Like a raglan maybe...

Casual clothing - TrousersNovember 29th 2021

The new Permanent Style x Cromford shearling coat

November 26th 2021

*Note: The brown of this jacket is perhaps a little browner and lighter than the pictures suggest. A picture of the skin itself has been added at the bottom of this piece to demonstrate. Thanks* During the recent pop-up shop on Savile Row, the most ...

The new Permanent Style x Cromford shearling coat

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Wonderful to hear, thanks Tim...

Casual clothing - CoatsNovember 26th 2021

Christmas gift list 2021: Shawls, soap and Swan S...

November 17th 2021

It’s that time of the year again. So, with both apologies and thanks to readers that bemoaned the lack of this list last year, these are just a few of my favourite things... In these lists we try to go beyond menswear into other beautiful, cra...

Christmas gift list 2021: Shawls, soap and Swan S...

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Hi Julian, I didn't end up buying one myself I'm afraid, so I can't help. I have since bought two though - from Budd and New & Lingwood, which I can comment on if helpful. Thanks...

Casual clothing - HatsNovember 17th 2021