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 in various shades of grey. The ...

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 in va...

Bags - Belts and walletsNovember 18th 2013

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

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 over £300 and you can ...

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

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 over ...

Hanks and scarves - KnitwearMarch 8th 2013

Merola gloves

February 8th 2013

Rather like Maglia, which we discussed earlier in the week, Merola is among the very best makers in its field – in this case, gloves. Both are also based in Rome and have a similarly stellar roster of private-label clients. There is more compet...

Merola gloves

Rather like Maglia, which we discussed earlier in the week, Merola is among the very best makers in its field – in this case, gloves. Both are also based in Rome and have a similarly stellar roster of private-label cli...

Hanks and scarvesFebruary 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 old name in Scottish weaving, g...

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 old ...

Hanks and scarvesJanuary 29th 2013

Czeslaw Jamrozinski gloves

December 3rd 2012

A reader asked me recently what happened to these gloves. I mentioned in the first post on their maker, Warsaw artisan Czeslaw Jamrozinski, that they take around two weeks to make. He wasn’t late, but I was: a queue of posts kept on pushing...

Czeslaw Jamrozinski gloves

A reader asked me recently what happened to these gloves. I mentioned in the first post on their maker, Warsaw artisan Czeslaw Jamrozinski, that they take around two weeks to make. He wasn’t late, but I was: a queu...

Hanks and scarvesDecember 3rd 2012

Storing handkerchiefs: Reader question

October 29th 2012

Hello, I’m a new reader of your blog, and I must say I’m enjoying it thoroughly. As I read it, I realised that I had a question I haven’t found a good answer to and it’s been bothering me no end: what is the best ...

Storing handkerchiefs: Reader question

Hello,  I’m a new reader of your blog, and I must say I’m enjoying it thoroughly. As I read it, I realised that I had a question I haven’t found a good answer to and it’s been bothering me no end: wh...

Hanks and scarves - Reader questionsOctober 29th 2012

Warsaw glove maker: Czeslaw Jamrozinski

September 25th 2012

Of all the places I visited in Warsaw, the one that excited me most was a very small, very unglamorous glove shop. It is run by Czeslaw Jamrozinski. Or rather it is him, for the shop isn’t big enough to hold more than one person, and neither is...

Warsaw glove maker: Czeslaw Jamrozinski

Of all the places I visited in Warsaw, the one that excited me most was a very small, very unglamorous glove shop. It is run by Czeslaw Jamrozinski. Or rather it is him, for the shop isn’t big enough to hold more than ...

Hanks and scarvesSeptember 25th 2012

What gloves to wear: Reader question

August 22nd 2012

Dear Simon, I am seeking advice about gloves. Firstly what colour pairings do gloves go with? Is it possible to be adventurous or should one stick to brown and black? Also where could I find a very tight pair of leather gloves? Fingerless gloves for ...

What gloves to wear: Reader question

Dear Simon, I am seeking advice about gloves. Firstly what colour pairings do gloves go with? Is it possible to be adventurous or should one stick to brown and black? Also where could I find a very tight pair of leather ...

Hanks and scarves - Reader questionsAugust 22nd 2012

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 when you found a business to hav...

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 when you f...

Hanks and scarvesMarch 2nd 2012

Five tips on pocket handkerchiefs

January 19th 2012

I love the fact that more men are wearing pocket handkerchiefs. It’s a great avenue for expression and way to wear colour when so many men dispense with a tie. But it is also dangerous. It is unusual, and therefore stands out. If not done right...

Five tips on pocket handkerchiefs

I love the fact that more men are wearing pocket handkerchiefs. It’s a great avenue for expression and way to wear colour when so many men dispense with a tie. But it is also dangerous. It is unusual, and therefore sta...

Hanks and scarves - StyleJanuary 19th 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 retaining some silk at the neck; perha...

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 retaining so...

Hanks and scarves - StyleOctober 3rd 2011

Pochette Square: Good and bad handkerchiefs

September 12th 2011

There is an increasing number of websites selling good men’s accessories today. But while they are nearly all better than the bog-standard fare we had to put up with on the high street for years, the quality does vary. A new French site (why ar...

Pochette Square: Good and bad handkerchiefs

There is an increasing number of websites selling good men’s accessories today. But while they are nearly all better than the bog-standard fare we had to put up with on the high street for years, the quality does vary....

Hanks and scarvesSeptember 12th 2011

Dent’s gloves archive

June 24th 2011

Rummaging through the image archive this week, I stumbled across these pictures from my trip to the Dent’s gloves factory earlier in the year. They are from the Dent’s archive, and show five pairs of gloves – two for women and three...

Dent’s gloves archive

Rummaging through the image archive this week, I stumbled across these pictures from my trip to the Dent’s gloves factory earlier in the year. They are from the Dent’s archive, and show five pairs of gloves – two f...

Factory visits - Hanks and scarvesJune 24th 2011

Leather cycling gloves at Rapha

March 4th 2011

Given my recent trip to Dent’s to see gloves being made there, it was interesting to learn about how the glove making process is adapted to sports gloves – like those made by Rapha for cycling. Unlike a dress glove, sports gloves have to ...

Leather cycling gloves at Rapha

Given my recent trip to Dent’s to see gloves being made there, it was interesting to learn about how the glove making process is adapted to sports gloves – like those made by Rapha for cycling. Unlike a dress glove, ...

Hanks and scarvesMarch 4th 2011

Factory visit: Dent’s gloves

January 31st 2011

I finally made it down to Dent’s heritage gloves factory in Warminster, and learnt a lot more about the traditional process behind English-made gloves. There were some interesting parallels with several other crafts, including tailoring, shoema...

Factory visit: Dent’s gloves

I finally made it down to Dent’s heritage gloves factory in Warminster, and learnt a lot more about the traditional process behind English-made gloves. There were some interesting parallels with several other crafts, i...

Factory visits - Hanks and scarvesJanuary 31st 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 the weaving and finishing of M...

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 the ...

Hanks and scarvesJanuary 5th 2011

Dent’s: How British gloves are made

November 1st 2010

There’s an odd little bit of Selfridge’s between Ralph Lauren and the Kurt Geiger shoe emporium. It contains general accessories – hats, scarves and gloves – and stands out because it is the one part of the menswear floor no...

Dent’s: How British gloves are made

  There’s an odd little bit of Selfridge’s between Ralph Lauren and the Kurt Geiger shoe emporium. It contains general accessories – hats, scarves and gloves – and stands out because it is the one part of the me...

Factory visits - Hanks and scarvesNovember 1st 2010

Of Homburgs, topcoats and fawn gloves

October 22nd 2010

Something we predicted a year ago Esquire, March 1935: “In the March issue for 1934, we introduced the black Homburg to this country. We said then that it was an established English tradition, having already enjoyed, at that time, a London ...

Of Homburgs, topcoats and fawn gloves

Something we predicted a year ago Esquire, March 1935: “In the March issue for 1934, we introduced the black Homburg to this country. We said then that it was an established English tradition, having already enjoye...

Coats - Hanks and scarvesOctober 22nd 2010

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 really – scarves were ei...

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 really ...

Hanks and 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 knows. The players’...

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...

Hanks and 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 get away with higher contrast...

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 get...

Hanks and 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 colour in that clean, white sp...

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 ...

Hanks and 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 jacket in the new fawn...

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 ...

Hanks and scarvesJune 18th 2010

The rules and how to break them 7: Handkerchief t...

March 22nd 2010

Rule 7: Handkerchiefs should compliment the texture of jackets Of all the colours and materials available for a pocket handkerchief, white linen is probably considered the smartest and most formal. Why? Well it’s a question of two factors &ndas...

The rules and how to break them 7: Handkerchief t...

Rule 7: Handkerchiefs should compliment the texture of jackets Of all the colours and materials available for a pocket handkerchief, white linen is probably considered the smartest and most formal. Why? Well it’s a que...

Hanks and scarves - StyleMarch 22nd 2010

Gloves at Bill Amberg

March 15th 2010

In my last post celebrating Bill Amberg I concentrated on craft – his use of bridle leather throughout the bags and the structure that gives them, as well as the most recent innovation of using oak bark-tanned leather that grows colour-rich and...

Gloves at Bill Amberg

In my last post celebrating Bill Amberg I concentrated on craft – his use of bridle leather throughout the bags and the structure that gives them, as well as the most recent innovation of using oak bark-tanned leather ...

Hanks and scarvesMarch 15th 2010