My desk

July 5th 2017

Many readers said they liked the personal, behind-the-scenes approach of Plaza Uomo's cover story on me last year. Here, then, is another angle. My desk, where I write most of these posts, and therefore probably the most important Permanent Style-r...

My desk

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Hey Bolaji, Yes, I've written comprehensively about moths here. This desk also opens up into a flat surface - you couldn't work on that angle...

Glasses and jewellery - Hanks and scarvesJuly 5th 2017

A Lange & Sohne watches: Factory visit

June 19th 2017

I've always liked watches, but deliberately stayed out of the depths of obsessiveness that consumes some men. Time and money restricts your hobbies, and I have preferred to acquire the odd piece that particularly takes me from an aesthetic point of ...

A Lange & Sohne watches: Factory visit

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Thats very cool that you actually were abke to go behind the scens=es and see how they make their watches. I really like the A Lange Sohne 401031. But the aggregated auctions show that they been bringing about $30,000 at...

Glasses and jewelleryJune 19th 2017

Ludovic Lunetier – bespoke glasses, Brussels

May 24th 2017

During an event in Brussels last year I met the young glasses-maker Ludovic Elens, who runs Lunetier Ludovic just off Place du Sablon. Ludovic is worth highlighting for many reasons, but most obviously because he is the only bespoke glasses-maker in...

Ludovic Lunetier – bespoke glasses, Brussels

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Couldn't agree more. That one word defines a whole craft, profession....

Glasses and jewelleryMay 24th 2017

Designing bespoke glasses – General Eyewear...

April 19th 2017

Note: General Eyewear now has a store in Soho as well as the Camden HQ - details here. Choosing a block of acetate is not something I’d bet most people have done in their lives. And it’s tricky. Looking at a slab of coloured plastic, an...

Designing bespoke glasses – General Eyewear...

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Hey John, Sorry to hear about that experience, but good to have your reflections on it. I haven't tried Meyrowitz's opticals, no sorry. They would certainly have a smaller range than Bonnet though I think. S...

Glasses and jewelleryApril 19th 2017

General Eyewear: bespoke and ready-made glasses, ...

March 7th 2017

Note: General Eyewear now has a store in Soho as well as the Camden HQ - details here. General Eyewear has historically been a source of vintage inspiration for glasses, supplying designer brands and costume designers. But as it has starting selling...

General Eyewear: bespoke and ready-made glasses, ...

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Paul. I am in the market for new glasses and was considering bespoke glasses. I was going to check and see if General Eyewear has a store here in NYC. Never heard of them prior to reading comments in this site. Thanks fo...

Glasses and jewelleryMarch 7th 2017

Codis Maya enamel cufflinks and jewellery

February 28th 2017

Pop-up Shop update: Lavabre Cadet gloves are in the shop today and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday) for a trunk show. And on Wednesday, Neapolitan tailor Elia Caliendo will also be in the shop for a one-day show. Please do come along, and feel free...

Codis Maya enamel cufflinks and jewellery

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Jerrell. Deakin and Francis have a bespoke service. https://www.deakinandfrancis.co.uk/bespoke/ I haven’t used it, but I own standard cuff links from them and am happy with the quality.with...

Glasses and jewelleryFebruary 28th 2017

The Dunhill archive

February 1st 2017

As 'heritage' has become more popular in recent years, brands have increasingly emphasised their longevity, their history and their traditions. This has several issues. Most obviously, the brands that push this hardest often have the least to shout...

The Dunhill archive

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Over the years I've bought a number of pieces from Dunhill and enjoyed them. That said, my experience of them since their acquisition by the Richemont Group has been at best, variable. There seems to be a lack of consist...

Coats - Factory visitsFebruary 1st 2017

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 several others. Those others are: ...

Brussels craft event

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Dear Simon, I am moving to Brussels and wanted to know if there is local bespoke tailors or if foreign ones are doing trunk shows in Brussels or other cities in Belgium. Thanks for your help KS...

Glasses and jewellery - Hanks and scarvesOctober 30th 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 alternative to a tailored jacket. ...

The suede blouson for travel

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I wouldn't wear it with indigo jeans, no, though most of these might be a little smart for that anyway. I wouldn't wear olive that way either. If that's the look you want, you're better looking at the RRL western options...

Casual clothing - Glasses and jewelleryAugust 10th 2016

Holiday snaps 2016: Linen bomber, cotton trousers...

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,...

Holiday snaps 2016: Linen bomber, cotton trousers...

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Ahmed, and Morten, this is actually a project we might look at this years, so worth holding your horses...

Casual clothing - Glasses and jewelleryAugust 1st 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 - everything from the now-widely-availa...

The Permanent Style cufflinks

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Yes they would. Do feel free to buy direct from Diana, by the way. We don't really take much of a margin on them, and she would handle the order in any case...

Glasses and jewelleryJuly 4th 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 of denim) a lot of the themes ...

Colour combinations, from casual to formal

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No, sorry, though they did shrink noticeably. I actually ended up giving them away...

Casual clothing - DenimMay 31st 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. The results are superb ...

Maison Bourgeat – finished bespoke glasses

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I'm not sure Courtland. Worth asking them directly I think...

Glasses and jewelleryMay 6th 2016

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

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 quite make that grade. As e...

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

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Hi Simon, I asked a question on another one of your articles, and I'm not one to ask for something without giving something, so I thought I'd write a little about my experiences with Son of a Tailor. As a 5'6" man weighi...

Belts and wallets - Glasses and jewelleryFebruary 5th 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 a bespoke outfit, with a beaut...

Maison Bourgeat – bespoke glasses, Paris

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Glasses and jewelleryJanuary 4th 2016

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 glasses and acetate. Rather l...

Review: The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear

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I haven't, sorry...

Glasses and jewelleryNovember 8th 2015

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

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 a...

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A tiny bit of room with some side straps......

Bags - Glasses and jewelleryFebruary 18th 2015

My watches

May 19th 2014

Following my first post in this series, on buying value in a watch, here are a few pictures of my own watches. A few readers have asked for details of what I wear myself, and these will be useful reference points for the last installment, on watche...

My watches

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I don't have a good sense of the whole market, but I've used Jean Rousseau usually and they've always been good...

Glasses and jewelleryMay 19th 2014

How to buy a quality watch

April 17th 2014

A watch is your greatest investment piece. You may wear it every day of your life. It can enhance every outfit you ever wear (except black tie and beachwear, perhaps). It is worth saving up for more than anything. But that doesn’t mean it has t...

How to buy a quality watch

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No I think it would be fine Jack...

Glasses and jewelleryApril 17th 2014

Tortoiseshell and kidskin

December 16th 2013

As someone who has spent too much of the past year redeveloping a website, I take my hat off to Will, who has accomplished a much more fundamental redesign over at A Suitable Wardrobe – melding the blog with the ASW store. One of the hardest th...

Tortoiseshell and kidskin

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Thought I'd replied but must have not come through. My first ones were great in terms of fit, but a tiny bit too long in the thumb, especially given the slight downwards slip when walking. This was rectified as part of t...

Glasses and jewellery - StyleDecember 16th 2013

Dressing for the summer, and the kids

September 2nd 2013

I’ve been on holiday the past two weeks in the south of France; apologies for the tardiness confirming some comments. For those interested in more casual dress, here is something from last week, with my youngest hiding her face wisely from the ...

Dressing for the summer, and the kids

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Nice hat. I am having a Brent Black hat being made right now. Looking forward to it especially after seeing yours....

Glasses and jewellery - ShirtsSeptember 2nd 2013

Cutler & Gross – interview with CEO Maj...

April 3rd 2013

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Cutler & Gross – interview with CEO Maj...

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Hi Simon, I'm interested in learning more about frames, both for spectacles and sunglasses. I'd appreciate it if you wrote an article on the subject. You hint at artisans in Italy, France and Japan that hand make frames....

Glasses and jewelleryApril 3rd 2013

Alfred Dunhill bespoke glasses case

April 2nd 2012

This is the end result of a project to make the perfect glasses case, which began back in November last year when Tomasz Nosarzewski at Dunhill told me about the bespoke work he had begun doing at Bourdon House in London. Tomasz, whom I first met in ...

Alfred Dunhill bespoke glasses case

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Hi Justin, I'm afraid the answer is no, I haven't seen any good glasses cases out there. Let me know what you find S...

Glasses and jewelleryApril 2nd 2012

Tom Davies horn glasses

March 26th 2012

It’s taken a while to get round to writing about my glasses from Tom Davies. Partially, that was because it took a while to have them made. I was a guinea big for the bespoke service for horn glasses, and as with any new service it took that ...

Tom Davies horn glasses

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Funny. Me too. Same Lindbergh frame as yours and now looking for the same second pair as you. Did you get another pair and are you happy with them...

Glasses and jewelleryMarch 26th 2012

EB Meyrowitz: First glasses, and fitting

January 5th 2012

Having been rather taken with both the style and personalised service of EB Meyrowitz (see previous piece here) I decided to have a pair of glasses fitted late last year. The experience speaks of the expertise of Sheel and her sisters, but also of th...

EB Meyrowitz: First glasses, and fitting

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Dear Mr. Patrick, We are very sad to hear of your displeasure. Please let me begin by saying that we are extremely committed to providing the best possible experience for all of our clients and we apologise that we were ...

Glasses and jewelleryJanuary 5th 2012