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 mo...

My desk

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 mo...

Accessories - BootJuly 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...

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

The PS square scarf is back! (With new colours and ...

December 7th 2016

The Permanent Style scarves that we introduced last winter are in stock again in two new colours, and available to buy from the Begg & Co site now. The two colours are grey and green - the grey is pictured above, ...

The PS square scarf is back! (With new colours and ...

The Permanent Style scarves that we introduced last winter are in stock again in two new colours, and available to buy from the Begg & Co site now. The two colours are grey and green - the grey is pictured above, ...

Accessories - ScarvesDecember 7th 2016

The Rake collaborations

April 21st 2016

I’ve had a few questions from readers as to my views on The Rake’s new collaborations – products that the magazine started selling on its site a couple of months ago. I’ve seen most of them fi...

The Rake collaborations

I’ve had a few questions from readers as to my views on The Rake’s new collaborations – products that the magazine started selling on its site a couple of months ago. I’ve seen most of them fi...

Boot - ScarvesApril 21st 2016

Video: How to tie a scarf

January 13th 2016

Another practical piece for everyone: my five favourite ways to wear a scarf – with a jacket, with an overcoat or with knitwear. Begg & Co and I collaborated on the video, which is also available on their...

Video: How to tie a scarf

Another practical piece for everyone: my five favourite ways to wear a scarf – with a jacket, with an overcoat or with knitwear. Begg & Co and I collaborated on the video, which is also available on their...

Accessories - ScarvesJanuary 13th 2016

How to wear the PS square scarf

November 17th 2015

As promised last week – when we introduced our latest collaboration, the PS square scarf – here are some step-by-step guides to wearing it. All images can be enlarged by clicking on them. The scarves are...

How to wear the PS square scarf

As promised last week – when we introduced our latest collaboration, the PS square scarf – here are some step-by-step guides to wearing it. All images can be enlarged by clicking on them. The scarves are...

ScarvesNovember 17th 2015

Introducing: the PS square scarf

November 11th 2015

Men have historically always worn something at the neck – if it wasn’t a tie, it was an ascot or a workman’s neckerchief. Such things are practical, for work and for warmth. Over the past six months w...

Introducing: the PS square scarf

Men have historically always worn something at the neck – if it wasn’t a tie, it was an ascot or a workman’s neckerchief. Such things are practical, for work and for warmth. Over the past six months w...

Accessories - ScarvesNovember 11th 2015

Begg and Barbour in HTSI

March 17th 2015

For those that follow my column for How to Spend It magazine (part of the Financial Times), there have been two articles in the past month – on Barbour and on Begg. We’ve stuck with this format for almost ...

Begg and Barbour in HTSI

For those that follow my column for How to Spend It magazine (part of the Financial Times), there have been two articles in the past month – on Barbour and on Begg. We’ve stuck with this format for almost ...

Accessories - Casual wearMarch 17th 2015

Quality, embroidery and mechanisation – at Begg

February 13th 2015

The video above shows the key aspect of quality control at most weaving houses. Workers quickly scan the cloth for faults, then either snip off the stray end or – much more laboriously – manually reweave th...

Quality, embroidery and mechanisation – at Begg

The video above shows the key aspect of quality control at most weaving houses. Workers quickly scan the cloth for faults, then either snip off the stray end or – much more laboriously – manually reweave th...

Accessories - Factory visitsFebruary 13th 2015

Begg & Co: luxury scarves, Ayr

December 24th 2014

Begg & Co is not in the most prepossessing location. Ayr is far from a glamorous location anyway, but the factory itself is down a side street, opposite several blocks of council flats. Still, that’s often th...

Begg & Co: luxury scarves, Ayr

Begg & Co is not in the most prepossessing location. Ayr is far from a glamorous location anyway, but the factory itself is down a side street, opposite several blocks of council flats. Still, that’s often th...

Accessories - Factory visitsDecember 24th 2014

Begg’s milling machine

December 19th 2014

This is a milling machine. An old one. Part of the finishing process for woven cloth, milling involves pummelling the material in order to break up the fibres and pull them together. The cloth shrinks slightly, becomi...

Begg’s milling machine

This is a milling machine. An old one. Part of the finishing process for woven cloth, milling involves pummelling the material in order to break up the fibres and pull them together. The cloth shrinks slightly, becomi...

Accessories - ScarvesDecember 19th 2014

How to dress for winter

November 12th 2014

I’m so excited the weather in London has finally turned cold. Summer clothing is great, but there’s just so much more of it in winter: hats, scarves, gloves, overcoats, plus heavy-gauge knitwear and serious...

How to dress for winter

I’m so excited the weather in London has finally turned cold. Summer clothing is great, but there’s just so much more of it in winter: hats, scarves, gloves, overcoats, plus heavy-gauge knitwear and serious...

Accessories - GlovesNovember 12th 2014

Postcard from Begg – teasels and cream cashmere

November 4th 2014

One of the interesting tensions in a factory visit is the way machinery is portrayed. Some manufacturers will boast of their old, traditional methods, when in fact the same thing could be done, quicker, by a newer mach...

Postcard from Begg – teasels and cream cashmere

One of the interesting tensions in a factory visit is the way machinery is portrayed. Some manufacturers will boast of their old, traditional methods, when in fact the same thing could be done, quicker, by a newer mach...

Accessories - ScarvesNovember 4th 2014

Hermes silk scarf with Shetland sweater

April 2nd 2014

A silk scarf, tied any way, is a great way to recreate the contrast achieved by a suit and tie and keep the neck warm. The sheen of this Hermes silk scarf contrasts particularly nicely with the deep texture of a Shetland...

Hermes silk scarf with Shetland sweater

A silk scarf, tied any way, is a great way to recreate the contrast achieved by a suit and tie and keep the neck warm. The sheen of this Hermes silk scarf contrasts particularly nicely with the deep texture of a Shetland...

Accessories - Casual wearApril 2nd 2014

A (Christmas) word from our sponsors

November 18th 2013

One of the nice things about having nice advertisers is the range of Christmas shopping ideas they present. Here are my favourites. Among the best additions to the collection at Drake’s are the untipped cashmeres i...

A (Christmas) word from our sponsors

One of the nice things about having nice advertisers is the range of Christmas shopping ideas they present. Here are my favourites. Among the best additions to the collection at Drake’s are the untipped cashmeres i...

Accessories - BagsNovember 18th 2013

Anderson & Sheppard on Clifford Street: It’s ch...

March 8th 2013

It is perhaps understandable to assume that the new Anderson & Sheppard store on Clifford Street is expensive. Bespoke suits round the corner certainly aren’t cheap, while in Clifford Street the trousers are ov...

Anderson & Sheppard on Clifford Street: It’s ch...

It is perhaps understandable to assume that the new Anderson & Sheppard store on Clifford Street is expensive. Bespoke suits round the corner certainly aren’t cheap, while in Clifford Street the trousers are ov...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsMarch 8th 2013

Begg launches first collection at Pitti

January 29th 2013

One person it was nice to catch up with in Florence was Ann Ryley, who used to be sales and marketing director at Drake’s but left last year to help Scottish company Begg launch its first collection. Begg is an o...

Begg launches first collection at Pitti

One person it was nice to catch up with in Florence was Ann Ryley, who used to be sales and marketing director at Drake’s but left last year to help Scottish company Begg launch its first collection. Begg is an o...

Accessories - ScarvesJanuary 29th 2013

The history of Drake’s

March 2nd 2012

Drake’s was founded in 1977 by three ex-Aquascutum employees: Michael Drake (head of menswear design), Jeremy Hull (export sales director) and Isabel Dickson (export sales administration). “It always helps wh...

The history of Drake’s

Drake’s was founded in 1977 by three ex-Aquascutum employees: Michael Drake (head of menswear design), Jeremy Hull (export sales director) and Isabel Dickson (export sales administration). “It always helps wh...

Accessories - ScarvesMarch 2nd 2012

How to wear a silk scarf

October 3rd 2011

As the days begin to grow colder, one of the most tactile pleasures is wearing a short scarf at the neck. I’ve never taken to wearing an ascot in an open shirt collar, much as I agree with the rationale of retainin...

How to wear a silk scarf

As the days begin to grow colder, one of the most tactile pleasures is wearing a short scarf at the neck. I’ve never taken to wearing an ascot in an open shirt collar, much as I agree with the rationale of retainin...

Accessories - Casual wearOctober 3rd 2011

Vintage silk weaving at Penrose

January 5th 2011

The decorative instinct of Mitchell Jacobs, one half of the team behind accessories brand Penrose, is something I’ve written about briefly before. But I had a chance recently to delve further into the craft behind ...

Vintage silk weaving at Penrose

The decorative instinct of Mitchell Jacobs, one half of the team behind accessories brand Penrose, is something I’ve written about briefly before. But I had a chance recently to delve further into the craft behind ...

Accessories - ScarvesJanuary 5th 2011

A lesson in linen scarves

July 14th 2010

inen scarves have been something of a revelation to me. I confess I’ve never invested much money in scarves in the past, but the nice ones I do have are all cashmere. There didn’t seem to be much of a choice ...

A lesson in linen scarves

inen scarves have been something of a revelation to me. I confess I’ve never invested much money in scarves in the past, but the nice ones I do have are all cashmere. There didn’t seem to be much of a choice ...

Accessories - ScarvesJuly 14th 2010

A light scarf at the end of a warm day

July 9th 2010

The court dress of the good American Esquire, July 1935: “It may be different with debutante sisters and daughters, but as for the male of the American family, jubilee year or no, this is the only court dress he kn...

A light scarf at the end of a warm day

The court dress of the good American Esquire, July 1935: “It may be different with debutante sisters and daughters, but as for the male of the American family, jubilee year or no, this is the only court dress he kn...

Accessories - ScarvesJuly 9th 2010

My Hermes scarves

July 7th 2010

I love my Hermes scarves. But in order for silk scarves to work as (slightly more) masculine accessories I think they need to be both dark and low on contrast. Classic polka dots or stripes are different – they can...

My Hermes scarves

I love my Hermes scarves. But in order for silk scarves to work as (slightly more) masculine accessories I think they need to be both dark and low on contrast. Classic polka dots or stripes are different – they can...

Accessories - ScarvesJuly 7th 2010

Penrose: Oh, the colour

June 30th 2010

Every season, accessories brand Penrose rents a showroom next to Liberty on Great Marlborough Street to show off its new collection. Walk in there, and you get an invigorating shock to the senses. So much fresh, vibrant ...

Penrose: Oh, the colour

Every season, accessories brand Penrose rents a showroom next to Liberty on Great Marlborough Street to show off its new collection. Walk in there, and you get an invigorating shock to the senses. So much fresh, vibrant ...

Accessories - ScarvesJune 30th 2010

Fawn with a red/yellow scarf

June 18th 2010

Ultimate evolution of the ski outfit Esquire, January 1939: “Watch out below – here comes the latest verison of the ski outfit, the definitive streamliner of them all. Its keynote is the poplin pullover wind ...

Fawn with a red/yellow scarf

Ultimate evolution of the ski outfit Esquire, January 1939: “Watch out below – here comes the latest verison of the ski outfit, the definitive streamliner of them all. Its keynote is the poplin pullover wind ...

Accessories - ScarvesJune 18th 2010

Matching purple with Michael Whitby-Grubb

September 19th 2009

Some serious colour matching going on here, and whatever your tastes with the shoes and scarf, mid-grey does look great with purple. The gentleman pictured here and captured last week by our roving photographer is Michae...

Matching purple with Michael Whitby-Grubb

Some serious colour matching going on here, and whatever your tastes with the shoes and scarf, mid-grey does look great with purple. The gentleman pictured here and captured last week by our roving photographer is Michae...

Accessories - ScarvesSeptember 19th 2009

A little accessories quiz

April 20th 2008

Let’s try a little test. Which of the following accessories would you prefer if you had to pick one of each? Watch: a) Rose-gold Cartier with roman numerals, round face, metal strap b) Steel Audemars Piguet with no...

A little accessories quiz

Let’s try a little test. Which of the following accessories would you prefer if you had to pick one of each? Watch: a) Rose-gold Cartier with roman numerals, round face, metal strap b) Steel Audemars Piguet with no...

Accessories - ScarvesApril 20th 2008

Casual and formal wear are closer than you think

March 1st 2008

I have always loved the Sartorialist, ever since Scott started shooting. The prime reason is that he applies a single aesthetic – essentially a classic, sartorial one – to the whole of his output, no matter w...

Casual and formal wear are closer than you think

I have always loved the Sartorialist, ever since Scott started shooting. The prime reason is that he applies a single aesthetic – essentially a classic, sartorial one – to the whole of his output, no matter w...

Accessories - Casual wearMarch 1st 2008