An Hermes silk scarf with all navy

January 30th 2023

Long-term readers will be familiar with my passion for Hermes silk scarves, which I’ve often bought over the years as a treat, and of which I now have a small collection (nine of them, since you ask). I’ve found particular enjoyment thi...

An Hermes silk scarf with all navy

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Thanks Tom, yes I do have something planned on that...

Hanks and scarvesJanuary 30th 2023

New colours in the Arran scarf and PS watch caps

September 9th 2022

The popular PS Watch Caps and exclusive Arran scarves from Begg & Co - introduced last year - have just been restocked on the PS Shop, with two additional colours. It was a real struggle last year to get things in on time, with delays not ju...

New colours in the Arran scarf and PS watch caps

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Fine with brown shoes, certainly. Just a bit chunkier and perhaps casual as a result...

Hanks and scarves - HatsSeptember 9th 2022

Coming up on the PS Shop this Autumn/Winter

August 31st 2022

At the beginning of each season recently (spring/summer, autumn/winter) we've been sending out summaries of upcoming products to PS Shop customers. These go to anyone on a waiting list for a product, and anyone that has signed up to marketing emails...

Coming up on the PS Shop this Autumn/Winter

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Great! thanks....

Coats - Hanks and scarvesAugust 31st 2022

Dominique Lelys and Artumes: Taking on the spirit...

June 20th 2022

By Tony Sylvester Roughly three years ago I wrote a piece for the Drake’s in-house magazine Common Thread. Given a free rein on any subject I wanted to talk about, I’d started ruminating on the similarities between French and English sty...

Dominique Lelys and Artumes: Taking on the spirit...

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Good morning and a great article...

Hanks and scarves - JacketsJune 20th 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

Introducing: The PS Arran scarf

September 27th 2021

My favourite ever scarf is the Arran model from Begg. Over the years you will have seen me wear it with everything, from a Western hat to a baseball cap, a polo coat to a tweed jacket (examples at those links). Outside of some lightweight ones and ...

Introducing: The PS Arran scarf

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Perhaps a natural/light brown and a charcoal...

Hanks and scarvesSeptember 27th 2021

The craft and eccentricity of 45R

April 19th 2021

The 45R store in London is a little jewel on Brook Street, just round the corner from Fenwick’s, next to the far more imposing Issey Miyake. I can imagine Permanent Style readers being drawn in by the indigo textures on display in the window,...

The craft and eccentricity of 45R

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Oh dear, that is a shame, thanks for letting me know Alessandro...

Denim - Hanks and scarvesApril 19th 2021

The complete capsule: Prices, budgets and timelines

July 13th 2020

  Our ‘complete capsule’ article last month went down particularly well with readers. Setting out a concentrated, versatile wardrobe, I think it provided both a good starting point for new readers and a way for older ones to real...

The complete capsule: Prices, budgets and timelines

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Yes, and also bear in mind a lot of other costs, such as developing exclusive materials often, and putting some actual design work into the tailoring. Plus, you'll find the finishing level is better with Attolini than wi...

Coats - Hanks and scarvesJuly 13th 2020

Why I rarely wear a pocket square today (and what...

April 29th 2020

The pocket square, or handkerchief, is an interesting indicator of how dapper clothing has trended in the past 15 years. Broadly speaking, the late 1990s were all about business casual and the dotcom boom. Silicon Valley was not concerned with dres...

Why I rarely wear a pocket square today (and what...

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I'm not sure about that, unfortunately. I think the pocket square is too unusual compared to the tie, for most people in most work places at least...

Hanks and scarves - StyleApril 29th 2020

Adamley hand-screen printing, Macclesfield

January 10th 2020

Let me set the scene. Macclesfield is a small English market town, and it’s a grey day. The bright-green casentino overcoat of Benedikt Fries, as he walks towards us, rather stands out. Photographer Alex Natt and I are watching him approach f...

Adamley hand-screen printing, Macclesfield

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Great article. A breeze of fresh air and a good distraction from day to day screen printing technicalities. As a screen printer, I would like to see a part 2, diving more into the technics used to achieve such beautiful ...

Hanks and scarves - TiesJanuary 10th 2020

The colours and combinations of Hermes

May 15th 2019

The silk and leather headquarters of Hermes are in a pretty nondescript set of white buildings just outside Lyon. Here, there are the 100m and 150m-long silk printing tables that I described in our previous post. There is also a new two-storey build...

The colours and combinations of Hermes

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Thanks. I'm pleased you like those combinations, but I wouldn't really use them on shirts or suits. More in accessories, and particularly scarves and handkerchiefs I think. On 'unoriginal' I'm not sure you can't be very ...

Hanks and scarvesMay 15th 2019

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2019

April 24th 2019

Last week the weather in London turned from 12 degrees to 22 in a couple of days. It seems that what passes for the English Spring is finally here. Of course, with most shops and brands Spring/Summer collections arrived in February, and went on sale...

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2019

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Probably, yes, aside from vintage versions...

Bags - Casual clothingApril 24th 2019

Hermes silk printing, Lyon: Factory visit

March 20th 2019

I’ve been buying and wearing Hermes silk scarves for several years. (Indeed, a nice thing about the seasonal collections is, with a little work, you can date them all precisely). So it was a personal pleasure to visit the silk printing atelier...

Hermes silk printing, Lyon: Factory visit

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Thanks Dario. They did something similar in London years ago, and it was really worth a visit...

Hanks and scarvesMarch 20th 2019

Strong colour in accessories

February 1st 2019

The tangerine orange looks nice against the brown tweed, doesn’t it? This combination, worn up to see Joshua Ellis recently, spurred a few thoughts on colour. Here they are. First, I don’t wear many strong colours just because I find tha...

Strong colour in accessories

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I can see why people might say that, but it's not something you have to do all the time, definitely. Just keep it in mind as something that might look good. Try it with, and without, and see what you think....

Coats - Hanks and scarvesFebruary 1st 2019

Japanese boro cloth: Sri Threads, Brooklyn

January 28th 2019

To what extent can rags be beautiful? Is there even a point at which fetishising the clothes of the poor– how threadbare they are, how re-worn and re-hashed – can be disrespectful? Twenty years ago, when Stephen Szczepanek began importin...

Japanese boro cloth: Sri Threads, Brooklyn

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Re: Underwear made from flour bags. My dad grew up in London in the 1930s and wore pyjamas made from flour sacks. He shared a bed with his brother, too - they slept facing different ends. Cold water tap in the stairwell ...

Hanks and scarvesJanuary 28th 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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Sorry Christopher, I've had to skip it this year, there's been so much else on. Very pleased you found it so useful though - sorry, will certainly reinstate next year......

Belts and wallets - Hanks and scarvesNovember 30th 2018

The PS square scarf: available again

November 23rd 2018

The small, fine cashmere scarf I designed three years ago with Begg & Co - intended to be worn on cold days tucked into knitwear - is available again. It's on the PS Shop now, in grey, navy and green. I've reproduced some of the description ...

The PS square scarf: available again

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Navy would always be the most versatile I think. Followed probably by army...

Hanks and scarvesNovember 23rd 2018

No Man Walks Alone A/W: Frank Leder, Monitaly, So...

October 29th 2018

It’s been over a year since I last had the chance to browse the stock at No Man Walks Alone and write one of these pieces, for which I blame a lack of travel to New York. It is possible to select a few favourites online, of course, particularl...

No Man Walks Alone A/W: Frank Leder, Monitaly, So...

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'No man walks alone' - possibly not the best brand name during the current Covid 19 outbreak. We are all walking alone now! They will need to rebrand....

Casual clothing - CoatsOctober 29th 2018

Video: How to wear a pocket handkerchief

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...

Video: How to wear a pocket handkerchief

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Hi Nik, is there a chance to get one of these white linen pocket squares? Best regards, Jens...

Hanks and scarves - VideoJune 6th 2018

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2018

May 2nd 2018

Last week a friend in the industry asked me what aspect of writing Permanent Style I like the most. It is always, easily, discovering a new tailor, cloth or product that is different and inspiring. That journey from discovering something new, to see...

Our Spring/Summer Top 10, 2018

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Hey Gab, They have aged pretty well, yes, though I'd say Aspesi is generally a good Italian brand but not the best quality around. The materials in the polo were good, but there was nothing that special about the make. I...

Bags - Casual clothingMay 2nd 2018

High/low dressing

December 6th 2017

The biggest potential pitfall with tailored dressing is looking fussy. Fussy is not sexy; it is not attractive. It is closely related to appearing ‘affected’ or ‘mannered’. Looking relaxed in clothing, on the other hand, is v...

High/low dressing

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Thank you. Perhaps something like a denim shirt with tailoring, or loafers with workwear chinos...

Hanks and scarves - HatsDecember 6th 2017

Begg, J. Girdwood and The Rake (Chapal, Sciamat, ...

December 1st 2017

First off, I need to mention that the J.Girdwood website is finally up and active. Anyone that has been into the first or second pop-ups will have seen James (above) and his J.Girdwood range of products. They include some Permanent Style favourites...

Begg, J. Girdwood and The Rake (Chapal, Sciamat, ...

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Perhaps a mid or pale brown? Also stronger colours like oranges and reds, if that's your style...

Casual clothing - Hanks and scarvesDecember 1st 2017

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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Only recently came across your stuff, Simon and I gotta say I love your recommendations. It feels as though you've taken your time with each product and really know what you're talking about. I only wish I'd known about ...

Belts and wallets - Hanks and scarvesNovember 29th 2017

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

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 far. One is that we proudly d...

Style Guide – the partners shoot

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Lots of things I think. Grey and navy as shown here, plus cream or white, and black. More tonally similar colours, like dark brown, might be Ok if there's some other contrast, such as a white shirt underneath...

Hanks and scarves - KnitwearApril 24th 2017