Which office are you? A cold, current 2024 update

May 22nd 2024

The article ‘Which office are you?’ in 2016 was one of the most popular we have ever done on PS. I think largely because it showed clearly how outfits could be adjusted to different levels of formality, at a time when office attire was a...

Which office are you? A cold, current 2024 update

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It depends how dark they are and how faded the jeans are - have a look yourself and see what you think perhaps...

Jackets - KnitwearMay 22nd 2024

Making shoes for King Charles: Tony Gaziano video

May 15th 2024

Forgive me for leading with the story of the shoes Gaziano & Girling made for His Majesty Charles III. It isn't the main thing we discussed in this interview with Tony Gaziano, but I know it will be the one that gets the most attention. That...

Making shoes for King Charles: Tony Gaziano video

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Thanks JS - can I ask what you're basing that on though? Why do you think they've raised prices by more than they had to? The fact they're now unaffordable to many might be just unfortunate rather than anything more cyni...

Shoes - VideoMay 15th 2024

Beige, Paris: The best kind of multi-brand shop

May 6th 2024

A lot of music fans don’t see the point of covers albums. They want the originals, not a bunch of copies. But I’ve always liked them, whether it’s Johnny Cash’s American IV or Rage Against The Machine’s Renegades , beca...

Beige, Paris: The best kind of multi-brand shop

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I don't know much about him I'm afraid. Certainly no personal experience...

Bags - Casual clothingMay 6th 2024

Reader profile: Niyi

April 26th 2024

By André Larnyoh I’ve known Niyi for three or four years and he’s always someone I’ve learnt from. His style is eclectic: classic menswear brands alongside contemporary fashion, bursts of colour with subdued tones. Yet someh...

Reader profile: Niyi

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A great example of someone not trying to be anything other than himself...and maybe that's the point of everything....

Coats - KnitwearApril 26th 2024

Buck Mason, Novesta, New & Lingwood: Spring ...

April 24th 2024

Our seasonal summary of things I’ve seen and liked rolls around again, and as ever is a good mechanism to answer questions about new products from established brands, such as the City Moc from Saman Amel (above). But it’s also, by design...

Buck Mason, Novesta, New & Lingwood: Spring ...

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I haven't, sorry Shem...

Belts and wallets - Casual clothingApril 24th 2024

Yuketen, Crescent Down Works, Big Rock Candy Moun...

March 25th 2024

Last week I wrote about visiting the Paris trade shows for the first time, and being able to interview some new brands as a result. Today I’m going to highlight three that we found particularly interesting. The first is Yuketen, the craft-bas...

Yuketen, Crescent Down Works, Big Rock Candy Moun...

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The sizing was pretty true to size. They are quirky, but if you like the style they are really nicely made...

Casual clothing - CoatsMarch 25th 2024

How does Paris compare to Pitti? Pendleton, Frizm...

March 15th 2024

Boots on display at Viberg, at Man/Woman; above, Welcome Edition This past January, after Pitti, I went to see the equivalent shows in Paris for the first time. I’d never been before and was interested to see how it compared to Pitti in terms ...

How does Paris compare to Pitti? Pendleton, Frizm...

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No, sorry Avi...

Bags - Casual clothingMarch 15th 2024

Bespoke loafers with Seiji McCarthy: Commissionin...

December 15th 2023

In Japan earlier this year I started the process of commissioning a pair of bespoke loafers from Seiji McCarthy. Loafers are often tricky to make bespoke, and bespoke as a whole I’ve found a little inconsistent, so why did I take this leap wi...

Bespoke loafers with Seiji McCarthy: Commissionin...

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Only that they have been delayed a little. Seiji is having problems with workers and with the infrastructure in Japan generally, as I know others are too, unfortunately...

ShoesDecember 15th 2023

Seoul: A menswear shopping guide

December 13th 2023

  Earlier this month I visited Seoul, to see some of the tailors I had been intrigued by but mostly seen from afar, and to visit some of the shops and brands. My impression was of a dynamic city – new development, new retail, every sho...

Seoul: A menswear shopping guide

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I think that would be good with khaki, no worries there. I do think it would be a bit more casual and workwear-like than the Drake's, but hard to say for certain having not seen it in person...

Bags - Belts and walletsDecember 13th 2023

Roberto Ugolini bespoke boots: Review

November 22nd 2023

I recently had these boots made bespoke by Roberto Ugolini in Florence, and they have turned out very well. I have two reflections about bespoke shoes off the back of them. One is that I am increasingly specific about what I need in terms of fit, an...

Roberto Ugolini bespoke boots: Review

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I can see how that could be confusing Shannon. I meant that the challenge of bespoke isn't whether you know the customer's foot shape or not - that's a fairly minor thing. So scans that show you the foot shape aren't muc...

ShoesNovember 22nd 2023

Wythe, Bally, P Johnson: A/W 2023 highlights 

November 3rd 2023

Some old, some new in this year’s round-up of Autumn/Winter products. These articles are a nice way to mention brands on the edge of our radar (Bally) as well as to discuss new releases from favourites that wouldn’t otherwise get a full ...

Wythe, Bally, P Johnson: A/W 2023 highlights 

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Yes. Trees make less of a difference, but I still would if they were worn regularly. Worth a brush down after wear just like suede as well...

Casual clothing - DenimNovember 3rd 2023

Arthur Sleep, Aimé Leon Dore and Acme/Mori: Three...

October 16th 2023

We probably spend a little too much time talking about how great products are on PS (even though we're more critical than most) and not enough talking about ones that didn't work out. Here's a summary of three I've tried recently, which for various ...

Arthur Sleep, Aimé Leon Dore and Acme/Mori: Three...

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Cotton sweaters are near-on essential in the subtropics, or there's nearly no opportunity to wear knitwear....

Knitwear - ShoesOctober 16th 2023

Questions about unlined loafers – with my B...

August 18th 2023

There have been quite a few queries about unlined shoes, particularly loafers, in recent months. Ones about longevity and fit specifically have come up multiple times. I thought it would be good therefore to do a post summarising answers to them, in...

Questions about unlined loafers – with my B...

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I love G&G shoes, but a few of the styles are too slim and smart for me, and the Corniche goes into that category. Even if it was my style, I would only wear it with smarter trousers as you say...

ShoesAugust 18th 2023

Reader profile: Ian

August 14th 2023

Ian is retired, and got into luxury menswear late in life. But he always had an interest in clothes, from his early days in Ivy clothing to the forties and fifties influences that came with learning jive dancing. It could be easy to see him as bein...

Reader profile: Ian

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Amazing! I bet Ian must have loved that. Thanks for letting me know...

Shirts - ShoesAugust 14th 2023

Sandals: Slides and huaraches, open-toe and closed

August 7th 2023

Espadrilles are my preferred, casual summer shoe. I’ve always liked their clean lines and simplicity, which make them more elegant than pretty much any other option. I also quite like the massage-like feeling of walking on rope. They’re ...

Sandals: Slides and huaraches, open-toe and closed

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Size down...

ShoesAugust 7th 2023

If you only had five (casual) shoes

June 28th 2023

  This is intended to be a partner to the ‘ If you only had five shoes ’ article in our Wardrobe Building guide, which was all smart footwear. Today’s piece is shoes that aren’t smart enough for a traditional office o...

If you only had five (casual) shoes

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It's hard to say remotely Faz, it's so dependent on the fit. I would think it's worth carrying on wearing it for a while, to see if it does stretch enough? It won't make any difference to whether you can sell them on aft...

ShoesJune 28th 2023

Sticking with Yohei: Commissioning black oxfords

June 26th 2023

Readers will be aware that I have become a little sceptical about bespoke shoes in recent years. As I detailed in the article ‘ Are bespoke shoes worth it? ’ my experiences have been a little patchy, and looking back on 13 years of commi...

Sticking with Yohei: Commissioning black oxfords

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I'd go RTW, certainly. But that's partly because I have no fit issues with chukkas so no issue finding good ones RTW. Also, as a more casual boot there aren't any of the advantages of a fine make that can make something ...

ShoesJune 26th 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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Ok, thanks for letting us know Dharm...

Bags - Belts and walletsJune 7th 2023

Parker Boot Company: Roper boots review

June 5th 2023

These are my finished western boots from Parker Boot Company in Houston, Texas. I’ve had them for a while now, but various other things (mostly Japan) have got in the way of coverage. As I wrote in my first article on Zephan Parker - ‘ ...

Parker Boot Company: Roper boots review

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I have been searching for a low heel and round toe boot for so long. I do not like the pointy toe or heel to high as it makes my back hurt. These are beautiful only out of reach for me!...

ShoesJune 5th 2023

The struggles with shoemaking in Japan

May 12th 2023

Five or six years ago, it was easy to find young people that wanted to be shoemakers in Japan. The wave of enthusiasm for both craft and menswear elsewhere in the world had washed up here just as strongly. Today, with Covid having only just effecti...

The struggles with shoemaking in Japan

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Thank you Nezar...

ShoesMay 12th 2023

Vibram resoling: Rescuing my ‘grail’ Nike ACG hik...

April 3rd 2023

By Tony Sylvester. I am sure you too have a full and eclectic ‘Saved Searches’ section on your eBay app. Mine includes everything from rare Barbour jackets to Finnish glassware; old Polo coats to Georgian jewellery. Some are comedic remi...

Vibram resoling: Rescuing my ‘grail’ Nike ACG hik...

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Do you sell Nike hiking boots? To the uk?...

ShoesApril 3rd 2023

RM Williams Craftsman boots: Review

March 24th 2023

Over the past few months I’ve been trying out a pair of RM Williams boots, driven by the fact I know so many people who swear by them, and because it’s nice to celebrate a craft company in a different part of the world such as Australia....

RM Williams Craftsman boots: Review

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Thanks you, Simon....

ShoesMarch 24th 2023

The Apres Ski boots from Ludwig Reiter: A Review

December 23rd 2022

By Tony Sylvester. I used to travel to Oslo regularly for a decade or so. A beautiful city, but not one abundant with window shopping options for those interested in menswear. One of the exceptions was Cavour; slap bang in the well-heeled part of to...

The Apres Ski boots from Ludwig Reiter: A Review

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Wow! What a photo! Thank you for sharing!...

ShoesDecember 23rd 2022

Moulded Shoe, New York: Home of the modified last

December 5th 2022

Moulded Shoe in New York is a charming shop. A family-run business now in its third generation, It’s narrow and tall, with shoe boxes stacked way up to a double-height ceiling. There are newspaper cuttings, customer photos and a Japanese cart...

Moulded Shoe, New York: Home of the modified last

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And funnily enough their Peduform "measurement machine" is just a Brannock device in disguise....

ShoesDecember 5th 2022

Doek tennis shoes: How great things age

October 19th 2022

I have had these Doek canvas trainers - what could usefully be called tennis shoes - for five years. They have been worn once or twice a week, every week, during that period. So hundreds of times. With bare feet in the summer, they've occasionally ...

Doek tennis shoes: How great things age

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Amazing...

ShoesOctober 19th 2022