Manish’s five bespoke lessons: Working with...

November 29th 2023

By Manish Puri I’ve been commissioning made-to-measure and bespoke garments for six years. In any other sphere, that amount of experience might qualify me as an expert. So, it’s telling about the nature of bespoke - the slow production ...

Manish’s five bespoke lessons: Working with...

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Depends how long it’s been since the last suit. Have you gained or lost weight, become more muscular etc. I’ve also found that different material drapes a little differently… but perhaps that could be adjusted in t...

Jackets - SuitsNovember 29th 2023

Coherence: What we liked in January, that you can...

October 20th 2023

When I walk around Pitti each season, interviewing makers and researching articles, it can be easy to feel lost in a flood of Italian cashmere and trainers that look like each other. For that reason there are a handful of brands I return to every t...

Coherence: What we liked in January, that you can...

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No, it's just tacked there to make it easier to move...

Coats - JacketsOctober 20th 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

A shopping guide to ready-made trousers

October 26th 2022

By Manish Puri If my years of reading Permanent Style have taught me anything, it’s that few things make a man look better than a tailored jacket. If my years of having eyes have taught me anything, it’s that few things make a man look w...

A shopping guide to ready-made trousers

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Thanks again. I have a similarly coloured dark olive linen suit albeit not ideally fitting these days with which i can experiment. I still feel it has to be the darkest of navy or midnight to work but perhaps its a pairi...

TrousersOctober 26th 2022

Trousers and what they go with: A sliding scale o...

September 26th 2022

When we published our second capsule guide to trousers recently, there was a discussion in the comments as to their smartness - and a request for an article setting it out. Now, trousers vary in more than just their material, so this will always be...

Trousers and what they go with: A sliding scale o...

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Well It's weird that I've been wearing tan leather tassel loafers with jeans mostly with off-white T-shirt and light wash jeans combo for months. They look good in my eyes. for chinos? Umm probably something like cream o...

TrousersSeptember 26th 2022

Summer Top 10: Polos, more polos, and espadrilles

July 6th 2022

I wasn’t going to do a ‘high summer’ version of our seasonal Top 10. After all, the spring edition back in April included such things as panama hats and boat shoes. But everyone’s stock has been arriving so late that the int...

Summer Top 10: Polos, more polos, and espadrilles

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Casual clothing - ShoesJuly 6th 2022

If you only had five pairs of (casual) trousers

July 4th 2022

  I began the companion piece to this one – looking at smart trousers – by saying that it was the hardest chapter to write in our Wardrobe Building series . I was right. I thought this one would be harder, but it’s...

If you only had five pairs of (casual) trousers

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Yes, they can be and that is nice. The only limit with faded black jeans perhaps is that they won't work with quite as many colours elsewhere...

TrousersJuly 4th 2022

Dege & Skinner lightweight summer jacket: Re...

June 22nd 2022

This brown wool/silk/linen jacket was made in a lightweight model that Savile Row tailor Dege & Skinner introduced last year. It has a thin shoulder pad and no chest canvas, unlike their normal tailoring. I can directly compare the differen...

Dege & Skinner lightweight summer jacket: Re...

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I don't think I'd worry on the coolness point, as it is so lightweight, but yes I think you'll find the trousers too flimsy to get long-term wear out of. Sorry, it otherwise sounded like a great plan!...

Jackets - TrousersJune 22nd 2022

Brut Archives, Paris: Evolving vintage

May 30th 2022

Brut is an interesting French brand, and store. Since it was founded by Paul Ben Chemhoun (below) in 2012, it has evolved from a vintage shop, into a home for rescued and reworked clothing, and now its own brand. When I visited earlier this year wi...

Brut Archives, Paris: Evolving vintage

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I don't think that many people have a local army dumpstore, and it certainly doesn't have an online presence. It takes a good amount of time and money to be able to provide that kind of access to those products. Plus, in...

Casual clothing - TrousersMay 30th 2022

Introducing: The olive overshirt (and Summer rest...

May 13th 2022

This is the new colour of the PS Linen Overshirt - a pale olive green. I love it, but it is a touch unusual so I thought it was worth shooting with different colours, just to illustrate how I think it can work particularly nicely. The overshirt is ...

Introducing: The olive overshirt (and Summer rest...

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Shirts - TrousersMay 13th 2022

The Spring Top 10: Fun, paper and lavender

April 20th 2022

It’s that time of the year again. Brands have been receiving all the spring clothing they ordered last year, even though they weren’t quite sure whether it would arrive, or be swallowed by an unexpected lockdown. So rejoice, there are n...

The Spring Top 10: Fun, paper and lavender

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Regarding Trumpers. Apart from ordering a tub of Almond Shaving Cream which is utterly superb and highly concentrated in a very generous 200g tub... probably the best value of all the prestige London barbers, I asked for...

Casual clothing - CoatsApril 20th 2022

Mohair cardigans and Rubato chinos

April 15th 2022

These chinos are the Rubato ones I’ve asked them to reissue, which will be available exclusively in the PS pop-up shop on Savile Row next week. They’re not exactly the same as the originals, which were a single pleat where this is a fla...

Mohair cardigans and Rubato chinos

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I use a black cordovan polish to defade mine. It works pretty well - still comes across as kinda eggplant. Alden has a huge variation in the colour 8....

Knitwear - TrousersApril 15th 2022

If you only had five (smart) trousers

March 28th 2022

  Of all the articles I’ve written in our Wardrobe Building series, this might be the hardest. Even if we’re just looking at smart trousers, the pairs that suit somebody will vary hugely with lifestyle and with taste. A pair of w...

If you only had five (smart) trousers

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They're pretty similar, but I'd say probably the lighter grey might be easier - the material doesn't look a smooth or shiny...

TrousersMarch 28th 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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Casual clothing - Hanks and scarvesMarch 23rd 2022

Shopping in person at Marrkt, York

March 11th 2022

I was in York last week. It’s where my wife grew up, and I’ve been dozens of times over the years, though not for the past three or four. The centre has a lot more closed shops since Covid; it’s quite sad. But I did notice one big ...

Shopping in person at Marrkt, York

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Only to keep it casual elsewhere, eg a boot and a T-shirt. Or at least find a casual combination you like like that, before mixing the jacket with anything smarter...

Casual clothing - ShirtsMarch 11th 2022

My favourite clothes ever: Awards 2022

January 31st 2022

I have to say, I was really pleased with the reaction to this year’s PS Awards, which were set out here two weeks ago. It’s always nerve-wracking changing the format of a popular series, but after almost 1000 product recommendations from...

My favourite clothes ever: Awards 2022

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Perhaps look in the perfume category in the menu? There are many articles there including one summarising the few I recently cut down to...

Coats - JacketsJanuary 31st 2022

Perro: The collection tried and reviewed

January 10th 2022

I don’t think Per and Rock (below) will mind me saying that when I first saw the products and looks coming from their new brand, Perro , they didn’t have a big impact on me. The two of them - previously at menswear shops Linnegatan 2 an...

Perro: The collection tried and reviewed

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They stopped unfortunately, Rock and Per discontinued it...

Casual clothing - KnitwearJanuary 10th 2022

Clutch chinos review: Soundman, Pherrows, Warehou...

November 29th 2021

  This is the latest in a series of articles we are doing on well-made chinos. You can see the previous articles on a contents page here , and listed on the right of this article (on a desktop). Rather than look at one pair that I own, to...

Clutch chinos review: Soundman, Pherrows, Warehou...

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No I don't, sorry David...

Casual clothing - TrousersNovember 29th 2021

Brioni bespoke jacket and trousers: Review

October 13th 2021

This Brioni jacket was made for me under their bespoke programme, using the London store on Bruton Street. We also made a pair of cotton trousers, which I cover lower down, and a shirt. In our previous article , I made the case for Brioni as a besp...

Brioni bespoke jacket and trousers: Review

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That's my wedding ring Sam - made bespoke on Hatton Garden, to copy my father's ring. I don't really wear rings as jewellery, though it is an interesting area. My advice on rings in general, is to keep it minimal, high q...

Jackets - TrousersOctober 13th 2021

Autumn/Winter Top 10: Wax, Ivy and secateurs

October 11th 2021

This year’s A/W Top 10 list includes a sprinkling of new names, but a lot of familiar ones too. I don’t think this is unexpected or unwelcome. The world of classic, crafted menswear is not large, primarily because men still don’t ...

Autumn/Winter Top 10: Wax, Ivy and secateurs

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Hello Paul. I don’t know how easy it is to physically see C&J in Geneva so here is a close up of their rough out suede leather in brown if that helps, as sometimes official website pictures are met that helpful. I ...

Casual clothing - DenimOctober 11th 2021

Real bespoke chinos, in design, cloth and cut

September 29th 2021

  Chinos from tailors never feel like chinos. Why is this? I used to think I knew the answer: the fabrics they used were too fine – dress cottons, made with fine fibres, finished for a sleek look and good drape. Chinos, even lu...

Real bespoke chinos, in design, cloth and cut

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Probably dark brown and washed navy, but I'm not sure I'd go much beyond the ones you have, to be honest Stephan. You don't need that many. I'd see chinos as more a base for more interesting things to work around, with t...

Casual clothing - TrousersSeptember 29th 2021

What would I buy from Massimo Dutti?

September 1st 2021

When is it worth buying the best possible quality, and when can you economise? This, of course, was part of the subject of my book The Finest Menswear in the World , which examined what constitutes ‘quality’ in various categories of clo...

What would I buy from Massimo Dutti?

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Hey Julian, The point with this piece was more to indicate how I would approach different categories of clothing at this high-street level - what types I would buy. It should apply to many others other than Dutti On thos...

Denim - KnitwearSeptember 1st 2021

Blackhorse Lane chinos: Review

July 19th 2021

This review of Blackhorse Lane Ateliers (BLA) chinos might serve two purposes. First, it covers the London maker as part of our ongoing series on chinos - which you can see all chapters of here. And second, it reviews Blackhorse Lane's made-to-mea...

Blackhorse Lane chinos: Review

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TrousersJuly 19th 2021

The Real McCoy’s chinos: Review

June 16th 2021

If the last chinos we reviewed in this series were a little more unusual ( from Casatlantic ) then today we’re back with a very good, very everyday pair. Similar in that respect to the first brand we covered - Rubato - just more on the workw...

The Real McCoy’s chinos: Review

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I have the dark khaki from Rubato, but it's not that dark... I mean black knitwear and shoes primarily. Yes, it's usually good with navy too though. I don't really wear blazers with chinos...

Casual clothing - TrousersJune 16th 2021

PS (shorter) shorts are back

June 9th 2021

The PS Shorts go on sale again today, in the same colours as the past two years: khaki, olive and navy. Thank you to all readers for their patience waiting for the restock. There is only one major change, which is that the shorts are 1.5 inches sho...

PS (shorter) shorts are back

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Hey, I do wear them and I'm still a 43, though you're right, the sizing is a bit unpredictable. I think QC like that is one of the things that people often don't appreciate from getting from a tiny operation rather than ...

Casual clothing - TrousersJune 9th 2021