Naples: A sartorial shopping guide

July 12th 2017

Naples has the biggest concentration of high-end handmade menswear in the world. Although not so much for shoes, for tailoring and shirtmaking this is the motherlode, with hundreds of tailors in the city and surrounding...

Naples: A sartorial shopping guide

Naples has the biggest concentration of high-end handmade menswear in the world. Although not so much for shoes, for tailoring and shirtmaking this is the motherlode, with hundreds of tailors in the city and surrounding...

July 12th 2017

Special order for Friday Polos ends tomorrow

July 11th 2017

The two-week period for placing special orders of our Friday Polos ends tomorrow. So if you are planning to take advantage of the opportunity to order one in any colour or size (including XS and XXL) please do so by mi...

Special order for Friday Polos ends tomorrow

The two-week period for placing special orders of our Friday Polos ends tomorrow. So if you are planning to take advantage of the opportunity to order one in any colour or size (including XS and XXL) please do so by mi...

July 11th 2017

Special order of Friday Polos – including XS ...

June 28th 2017

As promised during conversations around the last batch of Friday Polos, we are now offering special orders - for the next two weeks only, until July 12th. This is primarily to give readers that require an XS or XXL the...

Special order of Friday Polos – including XS ...

As promised during conversations around the last batch of Friday Polos, we are now offering special orders - for the next two weeks only, until July 12th. This is primarily to give readers that require an XS or XXL the...

June 28th 2017

Our Summer Top 10

June 7th 2017

This feature is the first in what will become a series on Permanent Style, in which we analyse the seasonal offerings of all the top menswear brands, and pick out our favourite ten pieces. As ever on Permanent Style, th...

Our Summer Top 10

This feature is the first in what will become a series on Permanent Style, in which we analyse the seasonal offerings of all the top menswear brands, and pick out our favourite ten pieces. As ever on Permanent Style, th...

June 7th 2017

Clothing shows we care

June 2nd 2017

Friend and author Bruce Boyer recently penned a startlingly ambitious piece on the importance of clothing, for US Catholic journal First Things. I have obtained permission to reproduce a section of it here. It argues ...

Clothing shows we care

Friend and author Bruce Boyer recently penned a startlingly ambitious piece on the importance of clothing, for US Catholic journal First Things. I have obtained permission to reproduce a section of it here. It argues ...

June 2nd 2017

Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide

May 19th 2017

Tokyo is arguably the most varied, creative and stimulating retail experience 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 ...

Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide

Tokyo is arguably the most varied, creative and stimulating retail experience 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 ...

May 19th 2017

Short-sleeve Friday Polos are back!

May 17th 2017

*Please check the Shop page for stock. Some size/colour combinations now sold out* I'm pleased to say that the short-sleeved permutation of our highly popular Friday Polos are available again in the Permanent Style shop...

Short-sleeve Friday Polos are back!

*Please check the Shop page for stock. Some size/colour combinations now sold out* I'm pleased to say that the short-sleeved permutation of our highly popular Friday Polos are available again in the Permanent Style shop...

May 17th 2017

No Symposium this summer. (Boooo!)

May 9th 2017

We'll be taking a break from the Symposium series of talks this summer, because frankly the Style Guide and the Savile Row pop-up have just been too much. And there's another dinner to come. So I can finally enjoy an i...

No Symposium this summer. (Boooo!)

We'll be taking a break from the Symposium series of talks this summer, because frankly the Style Guide and the Savile Row pop-up have just been too much. And there's another dinner to come. So I can finally enjoy an i...

May 9th 2017

Blamo!

May 2nd 2017

American podcast Blamo! recently featured an interview with me, which you might enjoy listening to. Founded by ex-Armoury man Jeremy Kirkland, it interviews both fashion and music innovators to talk about their experi...

Blamo!

American podcast Blamo! recently featured an interview with me, which you might enjoy listening to. Founded by ex-Armoury man Jeremy Kirkland, it interviews both fashion and music innovators to talk about their experi...

May 2nd 2017

Battle Hymn

April 26th 2017

This is going to sound rather cheesy. Forgive me. I believe in Permanent Style. I believe in the value of investing in products made to last. And I believe in style that lasts decades, even centuries. (Though maybe not ...

Battle Hymn

This is going to sound rather cheesy. Forgive me. I believe in Permanent Style. I believe in the value of investing in products made to last. And I believe in style that lasts decades, even centuries. (Though maybe not ...

April 26th 2017

Trunk shows coming up, around the world…

April 12th 2017

Since we introduced the Trunk Show Calendar last year, it has become an increasingly popular part of the website. For those that missed the announcement (and the link in the site navigation, above), the Calendar was a ...

Trunk shows coming up, around the world…

Since we introduced the Trunk Show Calendar last year, it has become an increasingly popular part of the website. For those that missed the announcement (and the link in the site navigation, above), the Calendar was a ...

April 12th 2017

US book launch – at The Armoury, New York

April 9th 2017

It would be lovely to see as many Permanent Style readers as can make this, our US book launch. The event will be at The Armoury, 168 Duane Street, 6pm-8pm on April 20th. Please RSVP to NYC@TheArmoury.com if you'd like...

US book launch – at The Armoury, New York

It would be lovely to see as many Permanent Style readers as can make this, our US book launch. The event will be at The Armoury, 168 Duane Street, 6pm-8pm on April 20th. Please RSVP to NYC@TheArmoury.com if you'd like...

April 9th 2017

P Johnson: Contemporary, made-to-measure tailoring

April 5th 2017

In a similar way to Stoffa (covered recently here), I loved the aesthetic of P Johnson tailoring before I ever got to see any in person. We are all - in our various ways - battling to show how useful, beautiful and rele...

P Johnson: Contemporary, made-to-measure tailoring

In a similar way to Stoffa (covered recently here), I loved the aesthetic of P Johnson tailoring before I ever got to see any in person. We are all - in our various ways - battling to show how useful, beautiful and rele...

Jackets - TailoringApril 5th 2017

The state of British manufacturing: A debate at Pri...

March 29th 2017

Two weeks ago, I chaired a discussion in the Private White VC shop in Mayfair around the topic of British manufacturing. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable such talks I’ve ever done. The speakers were g...

The state of British manufacturing: A debate at Pri...

Two weeks ago, I chaired a discussion in the Private White VC shop in Mayfair around the topic of British manufacturing. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable such talks I’ve ever done. The speakers were g...

March 29th 2017

The Finest Knitwear – now available online

March 13th 2017

From today, our Finest Knitwear is available to buy in the online shop. There was a lovely reception to it in the Savile Row pop-up, with dozens of readers coming in to try and to buy. But I'm pleased to say that we sti...

The Finest Knitwear – now available online

From today, our Finest Knitwear is available to buy in the online shop. There was a lovely reception to it in the Savile Row pop-up, with dozens of readers coming in to try and to buy. But I'm pleased to say that we sti...

March 13th 2017

British manufacturing: A talk at Private White

March 5th 2017

On Thursday this week I will be chairing a talk at the Private White VC store on Duke Street, Mayfair. Featuring speakers from Edward Green, Inis Meain and Alice Made This alongside Private White, the talk will focus o...

British manufacturing: A talk at Private White

On Thursday this week I will be chairing a talk at the Private White VC store on Duke Street, Mayfair. Featuring speakers from Edward Green, Inis Meain and Alice Made This alongside Private White, the talk will focus o...

March 5th 2017

Savile Row pop-up shop: The opening party

March 2nd 2017

There was a point in my speech where I got a little emotional. I'd only sketched down some points on the back of an envelope, mostly thanking everyone from the brands, to the audience, to manager James Girdwood. There ...

Savile Row pop-up shop: The opening party

There was a point in my speech where I got a little emotional. I'd only sketched down some points on the back of an envelope, mostly thanking everyone from the brands, to the audience, to manager James Girdwood. There ...

March 2nd 2017

We’re open!

February 24th 2017

(Left to right: Elliot of General Eyewear, DaShira of The Hanger Project, Will and Amy of Fox Brothers, Richard of The Armoury, myself, James Girdwood (back), Lia of Codis Maya (front), Beatrice of Luca Faloni, Tommaso ...

We’re open!

(Left to right: Elliot of General Eyewear, DaShira of The Hanger Project, Will and Amy of Fox Brothers, Richard of The Armoury, myself, James Girdwood (back), Lia of Codis Maya (front), Beatrice of Luca Faloni, Tommaso ...

February 24th 2017

Pop-up shop: The brands and the opening party

February 9th 2017

Following last week's announcement of our pop-up shop on Savile Row - under the banner 'Permanent Style presents' - here are some details of the shop and the brands. I also include an invitation, above, to any readers ...

Pop-up shop: The brands and the opening party

Following last week's announcement of our pop-up shop on Savile Row - under the banner 'Permanent Style presents' - here are some details of the shop and the brands. I also include an invitation, above, to any readers ...

February 9th 2017

The Friday Polos are back in stock

February 6th 2017

Our ever-popular Friday Polos are back, in the four colours of navy, brown, green and light grey. You can buy them on the shop page here. Please don't forget to include the size you want and the colour(s) in the notes ...

The Friday Polos are back in stock

Our ever-popular Friday Polos are back, in the four colours of navy, brown, green and light grey. You can buy them on the shop page here. Please don't forget to include the size you want and the colour(s) in the notes ...

February 6th 2017

Well this is exciting

February 2nd 2017

After several months of planning (and stress) I'm pleased to say that we finally announce the launch of the first Permanent Style pop-up shop. It will be held in a rather special location - numbers 34 and 35 Savile Row...

Well this is exciting

After several months of planning (and stress) I'm pleased to say that we finally announce the launch of the first Permanent Style pop-up shop. It will be held in a rather special location - numbers 34 and 35 Savile Row...

February 2nd 2017

Mark Cho of The Armoury on independent retail

January 20th 2017

Following on from Wednesday's post on the Symposium discussion, here are Mark Cho's specific responses to some of the questions. Mark wrote the below in preparation for the talk (bless him) and he makes some interesting...

Mark Cho of The Armoury on independent retail

Following on from Wednesday's post on the Symposium discussion, here are Mark Cho's specific responses to some of the questions. Mark wrote the below in preparation for the talk (bless him) and he makes some interesting...

January 20th 2017

Retailers Symposium: The discussion

January 18th 2017

During my lifetime, there has been a steep fall in the quality and range of menswear retail around the world. Designer brands have expanded aggressively; independent multi-brand shops have closed; and department stores ...

Retailers Symposium: The discussion

During my lifetime, there has been a steep fall in the quality and range of menswear retail around the world. Designer brands have expanded aggressively; independent multi-brand shops have closed; and department stores ...

January 18th 2017

Retailers Symposium: The party pics

January 17th 2017

Plaza Uomo editor-in-chief Konrad Olsson with Alessandro SquarziHolding our Symposium with Plaza Uomo mixed up the crowd rather at our after-party. Here are some of the dressed-up men (and women). Full piece on the Sym...

Retailers Symposium: The party pics

Plaza Uomo editor-in-chief Konrad Olsson with Alessandro SquarziHolding our Symposium with Plaza Uomo mixed up the crowd rather at our after-party. Here are some of the dressed-up men (and women). Full piece on the Sym...

January 17th 2017

Retailers Symposium: The speakers

January 13th 2017

George Wang: Brio, BeijingAs with previous Symposia, here is a preview of next week's coverage of the Retailers Symposium, with portraits of our six speakers. I have to say, they were the best six people yet in terms o...

Retailers Symposium: The speakers

George Wang: Brio, BeijingAs with previous Symposia, here is a preview of next week's coverage of the Retailers Symposium, with portraits of our six speakers. I have to say, they were the best six people yet in terms o...

January 13th 2017

Graham Browne Christmas sale 2016

December 20th 2016

As is traditional, Graham Browne are having a sale between Christmas and New Year - and just as traditional is my writing to tell readers about it. The sale will run on the 28th, 29th and 30th of December, and offer su...

Graham Browne Christmas sale 2016

As is traditional, Graham Browne are having a sale between Christmas and New Year - and just as traditional is my writing to tell readers about it. The sale will run on the 28th, 29th and 30th of December, and offer su...

December 20th 2016

Come to the next Symposium: The future of independe...

December 5th 2016

I'm really excited about our next Symposium, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th. First, because while it brings together some of my favourite people - as with all the symposia - the subject is very different. It will ...

Come to the next Symposium: The future of independe...

I'm really excited about our next Symposium, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th. First, because while it brings together some of my favourite people - as with all the symposia - the subject is very different. It will ...

December 5th 2016

Update: the Trunk Show calendar

December 2nd 2016

It’s been great to see the reaction to our Trunk Show calendar since it launched in September. You’d expect artisans to be keen, given it’s a free way to advertise their travels to Permanent Style read...

Update: the Trunk Show calendar

It’s been great to see the reaction to our Trunk Show calendar since it launched in September. You’d expect artisans to be keen, given it’s a free way to advertise their travels to Permanent Style read...

December 2nd 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 ...

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

The guide to worsted suitings

October 31st 2016

Choosing a suit cloth is, in some ways, harder than any other area of clothing. Because they all look so similar. If we leave aside the more aesthetic – and subjective areas – of colour and pattern, we are l...

The guide to worsted suitings

Choosing a suit cloth is, in some ways, harder than any other area of clothing. Because they all look so similar. If we leave aside the more aesthetic – and subjective areas – of colour and pattern, we are l...

Cloth - October 31st 2016

Friday Polos available again – with new brown...

October 12th 2016

*Many sizes are now sold out. For a breakdown of remaining stock, please see the shop page* With excitement and not a little relief, given how many people have been asking, I'm glad to say the Friday Polos are now bac...

Friday Polos available again – with new brown...

*Many sizes are now sold out. For a breakdown of remaining stock, please see the shop page* With excitement and not a little relief, given how many people have been asking, I'm glad to say the Friday Polos are now bac...

October 12th 2016

Japanese retail and the growth of bespoke

September 30th 2016

Our trip to Japan this week was meant to be roughly split into three parts: retail (for a shopping guide), bespoke makers (for a range of posts and freelance articles) and Japanese crafts (around Osaka and Kyoto). But s...

Japanese retail and the growth of bespoke

Our trip to Japan this week was meant to be roughly split into three parts: retail (for a shopping guide), bespoke makers (for a range of posts and freelance articles) and Japanese crafts (around Osaka and Kyoto). But s...

September 30th 2016

Introducing: The trunk show calendar

September 13th 2016

Today we launch something rather different on Permanent Style: a live Trunk Show Calendar. The calendar is a central, coordinated listing of bespoke menswear trunk shows around the world. It lists, month by month, who i...

Introducing: The trunk show calendar

Today we launch something rather different on Permanent Style: a live Trunk Show Calendar. The calendar is a central, coordinated listing of bespoke menswear trunk shows around the world. It lists, month by month, who i...

September 13th 2016

Ayres Goncalo: bespoke tailor, Porto

September 3rd 2016

The next young tailor I wanted to highlight on Permanent Style is Ayres Goncalo, a Portuguese who worked at Gieves & Hawkes in London for four years, before returning to Porto to set up his own shop in 2011. I met A...

Ayres Goncalo: bespoke tailor, Porto

The next young tailor I wanted to highlight on Permanent Style is Ayres Goncalo, a Portuguese who worked at Gieves & Hawkes in London for four years, before returning to Porto to set up his own shop in 2011. I met A...

September 3rd 2016

How to respond to criticism

August 17th 2016

Several weeks ago, I wrote a review on Permanent Style of an artisan. The review contained good and bad points, with the latter focusing largely on quality of work. I had mentioned these points when I received the finis...

How to respond to criticism

Several weeks ago, I wrote a review on Permanent Style of an artisan. The review contained good and bad points, with the latter focusing largely on quality of work. I had mentioned these points when I received the finis...

August 17th 2016

How to use the new website

July 1st 2016

I love how enthusiastic the reaction to our new website has been. Even a few non-digital natives have said they're coming to love the navigation. People are highlighting quite a range of different points, however. So I ...

How to use the new website

I love how enthusiastic the reaction to our new website has been. Even a few non-digital natives have said they're coming to love the navigation. People are highlighting quite a range of different points, however. So I ...

July 1st 2016

Young tailors take over Instagram!

May 30th 2016

This week the young tailors featuring in our Symposium at Pitti will be taking over my Instagram account. Every day, a different one of the six tailors from England, Italy, Hong Kong and Korea will post images of the pi...

Young tailors take over Instagram!

This week the young tailors featuring in our Symposium at Pitti will be taking over my Instagram account. Every day, a different one of the six tailors from England, Italy, Hong Kong and Korea will post images of the pi...

May 30th 2016

Saint Crispin’s shoes – Review

May 26th 2016

If you like the style and structure of Saint Crispin's shoes, they offer some of the best value available anywhere. Pictured here is my first pair, made a couple of months ago - a wingtip in brown, with an alligator ad...

Saint Crispin’s shoes – Review

If you like the style and structure of Saint Crispin's shoes, they offer some of the best value available anywhere. Pictured here is my first pair, made a couple of months ago - a wingtip in brown, with an alligator ad...

Oxford - ShoesMay 26th 2016

The Young Tailors Symposium at Pitti Uomo

May 17th 2016

Every Pitti Uomo for the past two years, we have held an event to bring people together with a unique group of the finest craftsmen in the world. For the next instalment, we will be returning to last summer's focus: be...

The Young Tailors Symposium at Pitti Uomo

Every Pitti Uomo for the past two years, we have held an event to bring people together with a unique group of the finest craftsmen in the world. For the next instalment, we will be returning to last summer's focus: be...

May 17th 2016

Introducing the new Permanent Style

May 10th 2016

I am proud to say that at the end of this week we will be launching a brand new Permanent Style website. The content will be the same, but it will be more expansive, modern and easier to browse. It’s been a long ...

Introducing the new Permanent Style

I am proud to say that at the end of this week we will be launching a brand new Permanent Style website. The content will be the same, but it will be more expansive, modern and easier to browse. It’s been a long ...

Jackets - TailoringMay 10th 2016

Suits through the decades: Bryan Manning on costume

May 9th 2016

Bryan Manning (above) is a cutter who trained at Kilgour French & Stanbury, before running his own workshop in various forms for much of the 1970s and 1980s. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of his career, howe...

Suits through the decades: Bryan Manning on costume

Bryan Manning (above) is a cutter who trained at Kilgour French & Stanbury, before running his own workshop in various forms for much of the 1970s and 1980s. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of his career, howe...

Suits - TailoringMay 9th 2016

Video: Quality and craft, an interview at LeatherFo...

April 26th 2016

Here is the interview produced during my recent visit to the Leatherfoot Emporium in Toronto, as part of their grand opening. Some interesting questions about quality and craft, and you get a bit of a sense of the wor...

Video: Quality and craft, an interview at LeatherFo...

Here is the interview produced during my recent visit to the Leatherfoot Emporium in Toronto, as part of their grand opening. Some interesting questions about quality and craft, and you get a bit of a sense of the wor...

April 26th 2016

Book signing at the Opening of LeatherFoot, Toronto

April 11th 2016

When I fantasise about running my own shop, stocked with the greatest menswear money can buy, it normally involves having the finest tailor and the finest shoemaker on site, beavering away just for me. I discovered l...

Book signing at the Opening of LeatherFoot, Toronto

When I fantasise about running my own shop, stocked with the greatest menswear money can buy, it normally involves having the finest tailor and the finest shoemaker on site, beavering away just for me. I discovered l...

Oxford - ShoesApril 11th 2016

Interviews in Sharp and Mr magazines

April 7th 2016

Sharp magazine interviewed me during a recent trip to Toronto, Canada and wrote up the nice piece above. They were particularly interested in my wardrobe staples, and basic tips on dressing well. You can read the ful...

Interviews in Sharp and Mr magazines

Sharp magazine interviewed me during a recent trip to Toronto, Canada and wrote up the nice piece above. They were particularly interested in my wardrobe staples, and basic tips on dressing well. You can read the ful...

April 7th 2016

Friday Polos – it’s down to the last fe...

March 23rd 2016

*Stock is now very limited. For the current position please check the Shop page* The latest batch of our Friday Polos has continued to sell well, and we’re down to just a few shirts in each of the various size...

Friday Polos – it’s down to the last fe...

*Stock is now very limited. For the current position please check the Shop page* The latest batch of our Friday Polos has continued to sell well, and we’re down to just a few shirts in each of the various size...

March 23rd 2016

Book signing in Toronto, Canada

March 22nd 2016

Our next book signing event will be in Canada in a couple of weeks – at LeatherFoot in Toronto. I think this is the ninth such event we’ve held in the past six months, and I enjoy them so much. It’s ...

Book signing in Toronto, Canada

Our next book signing event will be in Canada in a couple of weeks – at LeatherFoot in Toronto. I think this is the ninth such event we’ve held in the past six months, and I enjoy them so much. It’s ...

March 22nd 2016

Friday Polo – update on latest batch

March 11th 2016

*Stock is now very limited. For the current position please check the Shop page* Thank you everyone for your fantastic response to our new Friday Polo batch. So far we have sold 130 of the 200 in this batch, and nav...

Friday Polo – update on latest batch

*Stock is now very limited. For the current position please check the Shop page* Thank you everyone for your fantastic response to our new Friday Polo batch. So far we have sold 130 of the 200 in this batch, and nav...

March 11th 2016

Book signing at Paul Stuart, New York

March 4th 2016

When I was a teenager, we went on holiday to New York as a family. And although I looked in many shops, particularly the Rhinelander Mansion, it was Paul Stuart that I loved the most. Ralph Lauren was a lot more poli...

Book signing at Paul Stuart, New York

When I was a teenager, we went on holiday to New York as a family. And although I looked in many shops, particularly the Rhinelander Mansion, it was Paul Stuart that I loved the most. Ralph Lauren was a lot more poli...

March 4th 2016

Paris: A sartorial shopping guide

February 22nd 2016

Although Paris has never been a centre of menswear – unlike London or Milan – there is a surprisingly broad range of small companies and artisans worth visiting. More, arguably, than anywhere in Italy outs...

Paris: A sartorial shopping guide

Although Paris has never been a centre of menswear – unlike London or Milan – there is a surprisingly broad range of small companies and artisans worth visiting. More, arguably, than anywhere in Italy outs...

February 22nd 2016

The bespoke tailors dinner: an homage

February 17th 2016

The Bespoke Tailors Benevolent Association dinner is a wondrous thing. Every year, 300 or so tailors, friends and cloth merchants gather at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall on Threadneedle Street in London. There are ...

The bespoke tailors dinner: an homage

The Bespoke Tailors Benevolent Association dinner is a wondrous thing. Every year, 300 or so tailors, friends and cloth merchants gather at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall on Threadneedle Street in London. There are ...

February 17th 2016