Baudoin & Lange women’s shoes (and Luca ...

November 24th 2017

A few menswear shoemakers have expanded into women’s shoes in recent years. These shoes will generally be a lot better made than the other women’s shoes in the market, and not necessarily more expensive (giv...

Baudoin & Lange women’s shoes (and Luca ...

A few menswear shoemakers have expanded into women’s shoes in recent years. These shoes will generally be a lot better made than the other women’s shoes in the market, and not necessarily more expensive (giv...

Knitwear - LoaferNovember 24th 2017

How to dress for very hot weather

August 16th 2017

As mentioned on my ‘What I pack’ post, I’ve been travelling a lot in high heat recently. There was Pitti in Florence, where the temperature topped out at 37 degrees. Naples in July was very similar. An...

How to dress for very hot weather

As mentioned on my ‘What I pack’ post, I’ve been travelling a lot in high heat recently. There was Pitti in Florence, where the temperature topped out at 37 degrees. Naples in July was very similar. An...

Jackets - LoaferAugust 16th 2017

What I pack when I travel

July 19th 2017

As I return from two summer trips - one for a week in Florence, the other a week in Naples - it seems a fitting time to run through what I pack for trips such as these. I know readers have asked about it in the past. Of...

What I pack when I travel

As I return from two summer trips - one for a week in Florence, the other a week in Naples - it seems a fitting time to run through what I pack for trips such as these. I know readers have asked about it in the past. Of...

Accessories - BagsJuly 19th 2017

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

Baudoin & Lange sagans – my colour

July 7th 2017

For the past year - ever since they were first launched here on Permanent Style - I have been wearing Sagans by Baudoin & Lange regularly and consistently. But it has only been in the past few weeks, as the tempera...

Baudoin & Lange sagans – my colour

For the past year - ever since they were first launched here on Permanent Style - I have been wearing Sagans by Baudoin & Lange regularly and consistently. But it has only been in the past few weeks, as the tempera...

Loafer - ShoesJuly 7th 2017

My Corthays – colours, issues and pleasures

May 1st 2017

I've always had a problem with Corthay shoes. Not so much the style - while many of the designs and colours are too brash for me, I've consistently found interesting light and dark browns to keep me interested. No, th...

My Corthays – colours, issues and pleasures

I've always had a problem with Corthay shoes. Not so much the style - while many of the designs and colours are too brash for me, I've consistently found interesting light and dark browns to keep me interested. No, th...

Boot - DerbyMay 1st 2017

Style Guide – the partners shoot

April 24th 2017

The Style Guide has been wonderfully received so far - at the launch events in London and New York, but also online and through personal messages. Thank you all. There are a few things I realise I haven't emphasised so...

Style Guide – the partners shoot

The Style Guide has been wonderfully received so far - at the launch events in London and New York, but also online and through personal messages. Thank you all. There are a few things I realise I haven't emphasised so...

Accessories - Casual wearApril 24th 2017

Baudoin & Lange, Luca Faloni, Hanger Project a...

March 8th 2017

Over the past 10 days I have generally prioritised writing about new brands in our Savile Row pop-up shop. But there are also new developments at makers you will be familiar with - Baudoin & Lange, Luca Faloni, Beg...

Baudoin & Lange, Luca Faloni, Hanger Project a...

Over the past 10 days I have generally prioritised writing about new brands in our Savile Row pop-up shop. But there are also new developments at makers you will be familiar with - Baudoin & Lange, Luca Faloni, Beg...

Accessories - LoaferMarch 8th 2017

Gaziano & Girling bespoke loafers (and the bea...

September 23rd 2016

The older I get, the more I wear well-made clothes, and (most importantly) the more I think about clothes, the simpler I seem to dress. I am rarely without my navy grenadine tie. I now have Crispaire trousers in three ...

Gaziano & Girling bespoke loafers (and the bea...

The older I get, the more I wear well-made clothes, and (most importantly) the more I think about clothes, the simpler I seem to dress. I am rarely without my navy grenadine tie. I now have Crispaire trousers in three ...

Loafer - ShoesSeptember 23rd 2016

Chinos, loafers and a sports jacket (or sweater)

August 29th 2016

Those on the Drake’s mailing list may have seen this outfit on Friday, accompanying an article on their new trouser range. To fill in the details: the olive Drake’s chinos were worn with a white lightweight ...

Chinos, loafers and a sports jacket (or sweater)

Those on the Drake’s mailing list may have seen this outfit on Friday, accompanying an article on their new trouser range. To fill in the details: the olive Drake’s chinos were worn with a white lightweight ...

Casual wear - JacketsAugust 29th 2016

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

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, after a...

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

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, after a...

Accessories - Casual jacketsAugust 1st 2016

The Sagan loafers are ready, from Baudoin & Lange

June 29th 2016

I promised on my original post that I would tell readers when these loafers were available to buy, and they now are. The site www.baudoinandlange.com is up and running and you can now purchase, rather than just pre-or...

The Sagan loafers are ready, from Baudoin & Lange

I promised on my original post that I would tell readers when these loafers were available to buy, and they now are. The site www.baudoinandlange.com is up and running and you can now purchase, rather than just pre-or...

Loafer - ShoesJune 29th 2016

The Sagan: A high-end Belgian loafer from Allan Bau...

June 8th 2016

I recently became involved with - and more importantly, started using - the best Belgian-style loafers I have ever worn. They are made by Allan Baudoin, a French bespoke shoemaker who now lives in England and has a work...

The Sagan: A high-end Belgian loafer from Allan Bau...

I recently became involved with - and more importantly, started using - the best Belgian-style loafers I have ever worn. They are made by Allan Baudoin, a French bespoke shoemaker who now lives in England and has a work...

Loafer - ShoesJune 8th 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 ...

Colour combinations, from casual to formal

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 ...

Casual jackets - Casual wearMay 31st 2016

How to wear trainers – 1: Design

April 20th 2016

Designer trainers – or sneakers as our American friends call them – are all the rage. A cynic would say that’s because brands have realised they can make big margins on a cheap, lightly designed pro...

How to wear trainers – 1: Design

Designer trainers – or sneakers as our American friends call them – are all the rage. A cynic would say that’s because brands have realised they can make big margins on a cheap, lightly designed pro...

Casual wear - LoaferApril 20th 2016

Which office are you? (Or, a sliding scale of forma...

February 15th 2016

Dressing well is as much about propriety as it is about style, quality or personality. This is particularly true at work, where there are often prescriptions, or at least expectations, about professionalism and cloth...

Which office are you? (Or, a sliding scale of forma...

Dressing well is as much about propriety as it is about style, quality or personality. This is particularly true at work, where there are often prescriptions, or at least expectations, about professionalism and cloth...

Loafer - ShoesFebruary 15th 2016

A hot, formal evening in Florence

July 27th 2015

Four things contribute most to the formality of an outfit: shine, darkness, contrast and desaturation. We see all four of them in formal outfits such as black tie. Dark black or midnight blue is contrasted against sta...

A hot, formal evening in Florence

Four things contribute most to the formality of an outfit: shine, darkness, contrast and desaturation. We see all four of them in formal outfits such as black tie. Dark black or midnight blue is contrasted against sta...

Loafer - ShoesJuly 27th 2015

How to dress like Bruce Boyer

January 28th 2015

Bruce Boyer is my style icon, my favourite writer and, I’m honoured to say, a reader. We recently had a conversation – following the coverage of Pitti on Permanent Style – about experimentation, class...

How to dress like Bruce Boyer

Bruce Boyer is my style icon, my favourite writer and, I’m honoured to say, a reader. We recently had a conversation – following the coverage of Pitti on Permanent Style – about experimentation, class...

Loafer - ShoesJanuary 28th 2015

The bespoke shoemakers I have known

October 20th 2014

A reader recently asked for my advice on bespoke shoemakers, making me realise I hadn’t done an equivalent to ‘ The tailors I have known’ for shoes. This is the first part of the response to his quest...

The bespoke shoemakers I have known

A reader recently asked for my advice on bespoke shoemakers, making me realise I hadn’t done an equivalent to ‘ The tailors I have known’ for shoes. This is the first part of the response to his quest...

Loafer - OxfordOctober 20th 2014

Clothes for travel

June 20th 2014

Attire for flying out to Florence this week. Polo shirts make great travel items, particularly long-sleeved under jackets. They are comfortable, cool and versatile, and navy is the smartest option. Just make sure the c...

Clothes for travel

Attire for flying out to Florence this week. Polo shirts make great travel items, particularly long-sleeved under jackets. They are comfortable, cool and versatile, and navy is the smartest option. Just make sure the c...

Loafer - ShoesJune 20th 2014

Permanent Style x La Portegna

March 25th 2013

I’ve always loved really soft leathers and suedes – particularly in jackets, but also in slippers and slip-ons. For most men (and I pass no judgment on the rest) slippers are the only leather item they will e...

Permanent Style x La Portegna

I’ve always loved really soft leathers and suedes – particularly in jackets, but also in slippers and slip-ons. For most men (and I pass no judgment on the rest) slippers are the only leather item they will e...

Loafer - ShoesMarch 25th 2013

Michael Browne: Style and the tailor

November 8th 2012

Most tailors, in my experience, do not have great style. It was always thus: tailors were pushed by their customers, and one of the problems with modern tailoring is the lack of stylish and educated customers to encourag...

Michael Browne: Style and the tailor

Most tailors, in my experience, do not have great style. It was always thus: tailors were pushed by their customers, and one of the problems with modern tailoring is the lack of stylish and educated customers to encourag...

Casual wear - LoaferNovember 8th 2012

La Portegna: simple, supple slippers

April 25th 2012

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La Portegna: simple, supple slippers

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Casual wear - LoaferApril 25th 2012

Mickey Rourke’s bespoke slippers

April 18th 2012

In the past few weeks I’ve been talking fairly regularly to George Glasgow Jr, of GJ Cleverley in Los Angeles, for some articles in The Rake. I find it interesting what his Hollywood clients order – given tha...

Mickey Rourke’s bespoke slippers

In the past few weeks I’ve been talking fairly regularly to George Glasgow Jr, of GJ Cleverley in Los Angeles, for some articles in The Rake. I find it interesting what his Hollywood clients order – given tha...

Loafer - ShoesApril 18th 2012

Suede shoes at the weekend

April 4th 2012

Edward Green WeymouthThose that feel bound to wear black lace-ups during the week all too often react with scruffy old trainers at the week end. They say they’re more comfortable. They say it helps them relax. In m...

Suede shoes at the weekend

Edward Green WeymouthThose that feel bound to wear black lace-ups during the week all too often react with scruffy old trainers at the week end. They say they’re more comfortable. They say it helps them relax. In m...

Casual wear - LoaferApril 4th 2012

How great things age: Tod’s driving shoes

January 20th 2012

For the next in my series on How Great Things Age, here are my beloved gommino driving shoes from Tod’s. I’ve had them for three years and wear them almost every day. They are my default shoe when I come home...

How great things age: Tod’s driving shoes

For the next in my series on How Great Things Age, here are my beloved gommino driving shoes from Tod’s. I’ve had them for three years and wear them almost every day. They are my default shoe when I come home...

Loafer - ShoesJanuary 20th 2012

Long socks or no socks at all

April 25th 2011

The first question everyone asks about over-the-calf socks is: Are they not too hot? No, the difference in heat is pretty tiny for a couple of inches of wool/cotton/blend, and the difference in style is immeasurable. Sho...

Long socks or no socks at all

The first question everyone asks about over-the-calf socks is: Are they not too hot? No, the difference in heat is pretty tiny for a couple of inches of wool/cotton/blend, and the difference in style is immeasurable. Sho...

Accessories - LoaferApril 25th 2011

A grown-up loafer from Fin’s

January 17th 2010

As I’ve mentioned before, a friend of a friend runs a shoe brand called Fin’s. Great value for money, handmade in Portugal and just small enough that you’re unlikely to know anyone else with a pair (unl...

A grown-up loafer from Fin’s

As I’ve mentioned before, a friend of a friend runs a shoe brand called Fin’s. Great value for money, handmade in Portugal and just small enough that you’re unlikely to know anyone else with a pair (unl...

Loafer - ShoesJanuary 17th 2010

Interesting facts on loafers!

September 6th 2008

Well, I found them interesting. Largely because no one had ever told me them before. You probably know them already. Here goes. Loafers are for people who loaf. And you’ll never guess who people that loaf are. They...

Interesting facts on loafers!

Well, I found them interesting. Largely because no one had ever told me them before. You probably know them already. Here goes. Loafers are for people who loaf. And you’ll never guess who people that loaf are. They...

Loafer - ShoesSeptember 6th 2008