How to wear a pocket handkerchief – Video

June 6th 2018

This was a nice opportunity to do a practical video, and express a forthright opinion. Videos on folding pocket squares and handkerchiefs are normally so terrible. Guys in black suits using fiddly folds to wear yellow-satin hanks. Hopefully this off...

How to wear a pocket handkerchief – Video

This was a nice opportunity to do a practical video, and express a forthright opinion. Videos on folding pocket squares and handkerchiefs are normally so terrible. Guys in black suits using fiddly folds to wear yellow-s...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsJune 6th 2018

Christmas gift list 2017

November 29th 2017

I finally got around to putting together a Christmas gift guide for this year, which I know many readers have asked about (and like forwarding directly to their wives). I have deliberately not included either Permanent Style products here, or those ...

Christmas gift list 2017

I finally got around to putting together a Christmas gift guide for this year, which I know many readers have asked about (and like forwarding directly to their wives). I have deliberately not included either Permanent ...

Accessories - Belts and walletsNovember 29th 2017

Brand round-up: R. Culturi, Mes Chaussettes Rouges,...

March 20th 2017

1 R. Culturi There are many brands launching ties or handkerchiefs online these days, given it’s an easy area to try and express something new - and the lack of sizing makes it relatively easy to sell online. One that was shown to me recently ...

Brand round-up: R. Culturi, Mes Chaussettes Rouges,...

1 R. Culturi There are many brands launching ties or handkerchiefs online these days, given it’s an easy area to try and express something new - and the lack of sizing makes it relatively easy to sell online. One that...

Accessories - Casual wearMarch 20th 2017

Double-breasted flannel suit – with pink and ...

December 26th 2016

I know I've written about green and pink a few times before. I could find one old post with a little flower illustration, but there must be more. Perhaps it's the fog of Christmas food and wine clouding my mind. In any case, it bears repeating that...

Double-breasted flannel suit – with pink and ...

I know I've written about green and pink a few times before. I could find one old post with a little flower illustration, but there must be more. Perhaps it's the fog of Christmas food and wine clouding my mind.  In an...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsDecember 26th 2016

Brand round-up: Alexander Kraft, Loic et Gil, Chris...

November 25th 2016

The next in our regular installment of small brands doing interesting things looks at some ties, handkerchiefs and knitwear. Viola Milano x Alexander Kraft First up is a collaboration between Alexander Kraft and online accessories company Viola Mila...

Brand round-up: Alexander Kraft, Loic et Gil, Chris...

The next in our regular installment of small brands doing interesting things looks at some ties, handkerchiefs and knitwear. Viola Milano x Alexander Kraft First up is a collaboration between Alexander Kraft and online ...

Accessories - Casual wearNovember 25th 2016

Simonnot-Godard handkerchiefs

May 23rd 2016

Simonnot-Godard is an interesting company. It dominates what is a (very) niche market of high-end woven cotton and linen handkerchiefs. That market that has grown substantially in recent years. When Benjamin Simonnot (pictured above) started travell...

Simonnot-Godard handkerchiefs

Simonnot-Godard is an interesting company. It dominates what is a (very) niche market of high-end woven cotton and linen handkerchiefs. That market that has grown substantially in recent years. When Benjamin Simonnot (...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsMay 23rd 2016

If you only had five handkerchiefs – a capsul...

January 7th 2016

A capsule collection has many uses. When you travel for long periods, for example, you want a small but versatile collection of clothes that has a large number of permutations, and suits different occasions. And if you commute by bike (as I do) yo...

If you only had five handkerchiefs – a capsul...

   A capsule collection has many uses. When you travel for long periods, for example, you want a small but versatile collection of clothes that has a large number of permutations, and suits different occasions. And if ...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsJanuary 7th 2016

How to wear a casual linen hank: less contrast, les...

August 26th 2015

Handkerchiefs are not easy for a modern man. Few things are as conspicuous and unusual. Enough people wear ties and waistcoats to make them anonymous – even hats, which change the silhouette more than anything else, are more likely to be ...

How to wear a casual linen hank: less contrast, les...

  Handkerchiefs are not easy for a modern man. Few things are as conspicuous and unusual. Enough people wear ties and waistcoats to make them anonymous – even hats, which change the silhouette more than anythin...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsAugust 26th 2015

Zampa di Gallina: Neapolitan retail

June 4th 2015

Zampa di Gallina (‘chicken feet’) is a menswear site set up recently specialising in Neapolitan makers. At least one of them has a connection to Naples, so it’s nice to have slightly more local retail, particularly for...

Zampa di Gallina: Neapolitan retail

  Zampa di Gallina (‘chicken feet’) is a menswear site set up recently specialising in Neapolitan makers. At least one of them has a connection to Naples, so it’s nice to have slightly more local ret...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsJune 4th 2015

Wear a flower in your buttonhole

March 13th 2015

It’s been beautiful weather this week – in London, anyway. Spring has sprung and the sun encourages some reflection in our dress. Which means more than just a pair of sunglasses. The wonderful thing about this time of year is t...

Wear a flower in your buttonhole

  It’s been beautiful weather this week – in London, anyway. Spring has sprung and the sun encourages some reflection in our dress. Which means more than just a pair of sunglasses.  The wonderful thing ab...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsMarch 13th 2015

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...

Accessories - BagsSeptember 22nd 2014

Postcards from Madrid

May 26th 2014

These past few days I’ve been in Madrid, speaking at the Aristocrata club meeting and seeing a few of the tailors and shoemakers I know ( Langa, Reillo, Calvo de Mora, Norman Vilalta). I invited Elia Caliendo and Luca Avitabile of Satria...

Postcards from Madrid

  These past few days I’ve been in Madrid, speaking at the Aristocrata club meeting and seeing a few of the tailors and shoemakers I know ( Langa, Reillo, Calvo de Mora, Norman Vilalta).  I invited Elia Caliendo ...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsMay 26th 2014

Buying affordable luxury

March 28th 2014

Last month, a reader asked for some recommendations of “affordable luxury”. By this, I think he meant items that weren’t necessarily that expensive, but were nonetheless luxurious. The best (a little) money could buy. Buying the bes...

Buying affordable luxury

Last month, a reader asked for some recommendations of “affordable luxury”. By this, I think he meant items that weren’t necessarily that expensive, but were nonetheless luxurious. The best (a little) money could b...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsMarch 28th 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 in various shades of grey. The ...

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 in va...

Accessories - BagsNovember 18th 2013

Anderson & Sheppard on Clifford Street: It’s ch...

March 8th 2013

It is perhaps understandable to assume that the new Anderson & Sheppard store on Clifford Street is expensive. Bespoke suits round the corner certainly aren’t cheap, while in Clifford Street the trousers are over £300 and you can ...

Anderson & Sheppard on Clifford Street: It’s ch...

It is perhaps understandable to assume that the new Anderson & Sheppard store on Clifford Street is expensive. Bespoke suits round the corner certainly aren’t cheap, while in Clifford Street the trousers are over ...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsMarch 8th 2013

Storing handkerchiefs: Reader question

October 29th 2012

Hello, I’m a new reader of your blog, and I must say I’m enjoying it thoroughly. As I read it, I realised that I had a question I haven’t found a good answer to and it’s been bothering me no end: what is the best ...

Storing handkerchiefs: Reader question

Hello,  I’m a new reader of your blog, and I must say I’m enjoying it thoroughly. As I read it, I realised that I had a question I haven’t found a good answer to and it’s been bothering me no end: wh...

Handkerchiefs - Reader questionsOctober 29th 2012

Five tips on pocket handkerchiefs

January 19th 2012

I love the fact that more men are wearing pocket handkerchiefs. It’s a great avenue for expression and way to wear colour when so many men dispense with a tie. But it is also dangerous. It is unusual, and therefore stands out. If not done right...

Five tips on pocket handkerchiefs

I love the fact that more men are wearing pocket handkerchiefs. It’s a great avenue for expression and way to wear colour when so many men dispense with a tie. But it is also dangerous. It is unusual, and therefore sta...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsJanuary 19th 2012

Pochette Square: Good and bad handkerchiefs

September 12th 2011

There is an increasing number of websites selling good men’s accessories today. But while they are nearly all better than the bog-standard fare we had to put up with on the high street for years, the quality does vary. A new French site (why ar...

Pochette Square: Good and bad handkerchiefs

There is an increasing number of websites selling good men’s accessories today. But while they are nearly all better than the bog-standard fare we had to put up with on the high street for years, the quality does vary....

Accessories - HandkerchiefsSeptember 12th 2011

The rules and how to break them 7: Handkerchief tex...

March 22nd 2010

Rule 7: Handkerchiefs should compliment the texture of jackets Of all the colours and materials available for a pocket handkerchief, white linen is probably considered the smartest and most formal. Why? Well it’s a question of two factors &ndas...

The rules and how to break them 7: Handkerchief tex...

Rule 7: Handkerchiefs should compliment the texture of jackets Of all the colours and materials available for a pocket handkerchief, white linen is probably considered the smartest and most formal. Why? Well it’s a que...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsMarch 22nd 2010