Buck Mason, Novesta, New & Lingwood: Spring ...

April 24th 2024

Our seasonal summary of things I’ve seen and liked rolls around again, and as ever is a good mechanism to answer questions about new products from established brands, such as the City Moc from Saman Amel (above). But it’s also, by design...

Buck Mason, Novesta, New & Lingwood: Spring ...

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I haven't and I'm not sure I would, Ole. I have enough issues with calves and achilles heels to try real running in non-running shoes I think!...

Belts and wallets - Casual clothingApril 24th 2024

Reader Profile: Ben (and the community of menswear)

January 5th 2024

I met Ben at our recent pop-up party, and liked what he was wearing (first outfit below). We got to talking and I discovered his interesting background - always good, as I’d like these profiles to explore different types of PS reader - and his...

Reader Profile: Ben (and the community of menswear)

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Hi Harry mate. Best thing you can do if you get the chance is to get yourself along to an PS event or reach out to one if the guys on Instagram and ask then to give you some recommendations or maybe meet up for a coffee,...

Alterations and care - BagsJanuary 5th 2024

Seoul: A menswear shopping guide

December 13th 2023

  Earlier this month I visited Seoul, to see some of the tailors I had been intrigued by but mostly seen from afar, and to visit some of the shops and brands. My impression was of a dynamic city – new development, new retail, every sho...

Seoul: A menswear shopping guide

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I think that would be good with khaki, no worries there. I do think it would be a bit more casual and workwear-like than the Drake's, but hard to say for certain having not seen it in person...

Bags - Belts and walletsDecember 13th 2023

Christmas Gift List 2023: Do not read!

December 8th 2023

Permanent Style reader, this is not for you. This is intended for your wife/husband/partner/child/dog, in an attempt to help source a Christmas present for someone who, let’s face it, is very fussy in general but particularly about clothing. ...

Christmas Gift List 2023: Do not read!

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I'd go off the shoes primarily, and I think both suede or leather would be fine, I don't think leather would be too smart...

Belts and wallets - Black tieDecember 8th 2023

Ludens: Japanese belts and leather goods

August 11th 2023

In recent years I've been wearing more belts with tailoring, as I've worn other accessories such as ties and handkerchiefs less. That's meant me upping my belt game, with a couple of commissions from Tightly Stitched , some great belts from Rubato ...

Ludens: Japanese belts and leather goods

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Belts are great accessories for men so had to weigh in on this topic. I'm a buckle and belt junkie so an overview of the various styles most welcome. Including where to get new buckles and straps or just get them polishe...

Bags - Belts and walletsAugust 11th 2023

Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide – 2023 Up...

June 7th 2023

  Tokyo is one of the most varied, creative and stimulating retail experiences in the world. Not only is the city huge, but each area has a distinct feel and atmosphere, reflected in its shopping. There are small, niche brands everywhere, as...

Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide – 2023 Up...

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It do remember it being less, and probably even more so now with the low exchange rate, but I'm afraid I can't remember how much less, sorry...

Bags - Belts and walletsJune 7th 2023

Christmas gift list 2022: Towelling, tooling and ...

December 7th 2022

1 Double-breasted towelling robe Anderson & Sheppard, £395 The sartorial design of this robe from Anderson & Sheppard is so satisfying. It basically has ulster-coat lapels, with one buttoning under the chin when the collar is u...

Christmas gift list 2022: Towelling, tooling and ...

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I think the off-white x beige is the best yes, even with those trousers...

Bags - Belts and walletsDecember 7th 2022

Chez Dede: Andrea Ferolla and Daria Reina

August 26th 2022

Chez Dede is a lovely little multibrand shop in Rome. It sells clothing and accessories, books and furniture, including some familiar brands such as P. Le Moult and Camoshita. However, for me the most lovely thing about the store when we visited was...

Chez Dede: Andrea Ferolla and Daria Reina

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Cheers Jerry, and will do...

Bags - Belts and walletsAugust 26th 2022

The slouchy cardigan

June 10th 2022

Most cardigans that classic menswear fans admire fall into one of two camps. First is the cardigan to be worn under a jacket, frequently sleeveless. This is often quite thin, and is practical as an additional layer for warmth. It can look a little ...

The slouchy cardigan

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No worries, Simon, but thanks anyhow! If you're reading, lovely Connolly people... :)...

Belts and wallets - KnitwearJune 10th 2022

The Spring pop-up: Rubato, Bentley’s, Ludov...

March 18th 2022

*Update: I forgot to say that all PS products will be there too! Sorry, forgot to mention that...* I'm delighted to say that the PS Presents pop-up shop will be back in April, in the same space at The Service, on Savile Row. For Rubato it will be th...

The Spring pop-up: Rubato, Bentley’s, Ludov...

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Thanks Jonathan. Yes, they'll all be there all the way through...

Bags - Belts and walletsMarch 18th 2022

Bespoke braided belt from @Tightly_Stitched: Review

January 28th 2022

Given we talked recently about wearing more belts , it seems timely to review a belt I recently had made by Russian maker @Tightly_Stitched. I did so because I find there is a relative lack of good belt brands out there, and I couldn’t find t...

Bespoke braided belt from @Tightly_Stitched: Review

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I know what you mean Magnus - though if you have a smooth leather belt, why not wear that with the shoes?...

Belts and walletsJanuary 28th 2022

Why I’m wearing more belts

January 5th 2022

In recent months I’ve been wearing belts more often, after years of hardly doing so at all. I never wore them with tailoring, preferring the clean, elegant look of an unfettered waistband with side adjustors. And I didn’t even wear the...

Why I’m wearing more belts

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I did, yes...

Belts and wallets - StyleJanuary 5th 2022

Introducing: The leather envelope folio

February 25th 2019

Writing about this leather folio feels like a release more than anything else. It is the result of two years of work, back and forth, with the aim to produce a simple but beautiful hand-sewn envelope - in which to carry a phone, wallet, keys, headph...

Introducing: The leather envelope folio

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No, sorry...

Bags - Belts and walletsFebruary 25th 2019

Carreducker: The pains of learning to saddle stitch

February 4th 2019

Last week I took part in a leather hand-stitching class organised by Carréducker: British bespoke shoemakers Deborah Carré and James Ducker. It was lovely to see Deborah and James again (I last covered them back in 2013) and to see the...

Carreducker: The pains of learning to saddle stitch

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Shhhh. Don't give the fraternity's secret's away!...

Belts and walletsFebruary 4th 2019

Christmas gift list 2018

November 30th 2018

  It’s that time of year again. The TV adverts that started a month ago should have been a warning. Below is my Christmas gift list for 2019. It is not a comprehensive list of the best menswear gifts right now. It’s certainly no...

Christmas gift list 2018

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Good point, no in a medium now. Though that is partially preference and partially me getting a bit bigger. I take medium now...

Belts and wallets - Hanks and scarvesNovember 30th 2018

Should your belt match your shoes? (Or bag)

September 21st 2018

This question might seem like an easy one, but I do get a lot of comments and emails about it, so I thought I’d lay it out in a post. No, in short, a leather belt and leather shoes do not have to match. But they should be closely related. So a...

Should your belt match your shoes? (Or bag)

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Indeed. With watch straps against shoes, you really don't have to match at all, just keep them harmonious. A black shoe would probably be nice with that blue...

Bags - Belts and walletsSeptember 21st 2018

Paris: Lafayette Saltiel, Kenjiro Suzuki, Atelier...

September 19th 2018

Samuel Gassmann Last week I was in Paris for two days, catching up with old friends and artisans, and seeing a few new ones. One of the most interesting things was an interview with Lyne Cohen Solal, the new head of the Institut National Metiers d&r...

Paris: Lafayette Saltiel, Kenjiro Suzuki, Atelier...

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I think Kenjiro Suzuki has closed his business. His instagram is down, and I came by the shop the other day, it was closed at 11am....

Bags - Belts and walletsSeptember 19th 2018

How leather is tanned: Billy Tannery goat leather

July 18th 2018

Although I’ve visited many workshops and factories over the years, I’ve never been to a tannery (a trip to Barker’s is way overdue). It was with particular interest, therefore, that I went to see the tiny operation set up by Jack M...

How leather is tanned: Billy Tannery goat leather

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Whose the meterial are mixed in goat leather for increasing the skin and gain the layers of goat skin...

Bags - Belts and walletsJuly 18th 2018

Hopsack and linen trousers – in humid Hong ...

May 21st 2018

It was really lovely being back in Hong Kong last week, after a few years away. The talk we Lorenzo Cifonelli and I did at Attire House worked well - more a conversation than an interview, with Lorenzo asking me questions about other tailors, and th...

Hopsack and linen trousers – in humid Hong ...

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Ideal would be a little less strong in colour, but it will work...

Belts and wallets - JacketsMay 21st 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

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Thanks for that. Always good to hear practical use feedback....

Belts and wallets - Hanks and scarvesNovember 29th 2017

Simpson London leather goods – Factory visit

November 22nd 2017

Simpson London in Canning Town is one of those rare things in British menswear: a shining new and dynamic factory. I’ve visited dozens of British factories over the past 10 years, and although many of them have character in spades, they are of...

Simpson London leather goods – Factory visit

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Alas Simpson are no longer with us. They went into receivership over a year ago....

Bags - Belts and walletsNovember 22nd 2017

Bespoke brass jewellery: Diana Maynard

October 27th 2017

This probably won’t surprise readers, but when I started looking to buy a significant piece of jewellery last year, I wanted something personal, bespoke and handmade. I don't have anything particular against friendship bracelets; when I was a ...

Bespoke brass jewellery: Diana Maynard

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I wouldn't say I wear it regularly, but I certainly do wear it, and it's a lovely unique piece I enjoy getting out. Jewellery is one of the best things to work in that way...

Belts and walletsOctober 27th 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 brands ( Charvet, Car Shoe, Stile...

Connolly: Style and fashion meet on Clifford Street

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My please Scott, really pleased it's worked well for you, and you appreciate the quality...

Bags - Belts and walletsJuly 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 the full 10 minutes and then ...

How a hand-sewn alligator strap is made

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I contacted Equus last year and spoke to Charlie, the owner and man in the video. We spoke on the phone and was very nice as we were working on a design for an 18th century Russian reindeer double tour watch strap for my...

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; born in 1959, he trained at ...

Serge Amoruso leather goods, Paris

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Wow looks really well made and thought out. Need to go Paris...

Bags - Belts and walletsSeptember 19th 2016