How great things age: Cleverley Russian-reindeer monks

Jan 11th 2017

On Permanent Style we have always pushed the intelligent, considered acquisition of a quality wardrobe.This has many advantages. But it also has a large disadvantage: it removes, or at least makes less frequent, the unique adrenaline hit of retail.So...

How great things age: Cleverley Russian-reindeer monks

On Permanent Style we have always pushed the intelligent, considered acquisition of a quality wardrobe.This has many advantages. But it also has a large disadvantage: it removes, or at least makes less frequent, the unique adrenaline hit of retail.So...

Monk,ShoesJan 11th 2017

How great things age: Gieves & Hawkes bespoke pea coat

Feb 21st 2018

This post could come under the ‘How great things age’ or the ‘Reflections on bespoke’ heading. Whatever the category, readers have asked frequently about this pea coat, how it has held up and - more specifically - whether I ever changed the b...

How great things age: Gieves & Hawkes bespoke pea coat

This post could come under the ‘How great things age’ or the ‘Reflections on bespoke’ heading. Whatever the category, readers have asked frequently about this pea coat, how it has held up and - more specifically - whether I ever changed the b...

OvercoatsFeb 21st 2018

How great things age: Levi’s bespoke jeans

May 18th 2018

Several readers asked how my bespoke jeans, made by Levi’s in London, have aged in the four years I’ve had them. To answer, I decided to do a shoot at the new Levi’s bespoke workshop on Great Marlborough Street, showing in detail the ageing of...

How great things age: Levi’s bespoke jeans

Several readers asked how my bespoke jeans, made by Levi’s in London, have aged in the four years I’ve had them. To answer, I decided to do a shoot at the new Levi’s bespoke workshop on Great Marlborough Street, showing in detail the ageing of...

Casual wear,DenimMay 18th 2018

How great things age: Tod's driving shoes

Jan 20th 2012

For the next in my series on How Great Things Age, here are my beloved gommino driving shoes from Tod's.I've had them for three years and wear them almost every day. They are my default shoe when I come home from work and usually for any time around ...

How great things age: Tod's driving shoes

For the next in my series on How Great Things Age, here are my beloved gommino driving shoes from Tod's.I've had them for three years and wear them almost every day. They are my default shoe when I come home from work and usually for any time around ...

Loafer,ShoesJan 20th 2012

How great things age: Globe-Trotter luggage

Apr 23rd 2010

One of the great attractions of buying classic, handmade items is how they age; true investment pieces that last not just more than one season, but more than one generation. However, few articles are written about aging. Understandably, most are writ...

How great things age: Globe-Trotter luggage

One of the great attractions of buying classic, handmade items is how they age; true investment pieces that last not just more than one season, but more than one generation. However, few articles are written about aging. Understandably, most are writ...

Accessories,BagsApr 23rd 2010

How great things age: Bown weekend bag

Dec 17th 2012

Three years ago I met Judy Bown, a bag designer who had left her previous career working for companies such as Mulberry, Asprey and Tanner Krolle to set up her own label. The make of her bags was superb. The edges were inked by hand, for example, whi...

How great things age: Bown weekend bag

Three years ago I met Judy Bown, a bag designer who had left her previous career working for companies such as Mulberry, Asprey and Tanner Krolle to set up her own label. The make of her bags was superb. The edges were inked by hand, for example, whi...

Accessories,BagsDec 17th 2012

How great things age: Bespoke leather jacket

Sep 28th 2015

  The 'How Great Things Age' series celebrates and examines how quality menswear ages over time. Often, it becomes more beautiful, though different materials from leather to cotton to board age in very different ways. The last two we featured - a ...

How great things age: Bespoke leather jacket

  The 'How Great Things Age' series celebrates and examines how quality menswear ages over time. Often, it becomes more beautiful, though different materials from leather to cotton to board age in very different ways. The last two we featured - a ...

Sep 28th 2015

How great things age: Barbour motorcycle jacket

May 23rd 2014

  During my recent series of posts on Levi’s bespoke jeans, a reader commented that he didn’t like denim because it didn’t drape like wool, linen or other materials commonly used for suiting. He’s not wrong, but denim and other cotton mater...

How great things age: Barbour motorcycle jacket

  During my recent series of posts on Levi’s bespoke jeans, a reader commented that he didn’t like denim because it didn’t drape like wool, linen or other materials commonly used for suiting. He’s not wrong, but denim and other cotton mater...

Casual jackets,Casual wearMay 23rd 2014

How great things age: Levi's 'big E' denim jacket

Jun 11th 2014

 Denim is really beautiful in the way it frays and fades. Most cotton twills used for workwear age in this way – losing their saturation at wear points as the surface dye rubs away. But the thickness and indigo dye of denim make it particularly at...

How great things age: Levi's 'big E' denim jacket

 Denim is really beautiful in the way it frays and fades. Most cotton twills used for workwear age in this way – losing their saturation at wear points as the surface dye rubs away. But the thickness and indigo dye of denim make it particularly at...

Casual jackets,Casual wearJun 11th 2014