Tengri: Sustainable, luxurious yak fibre

Read MoreFeb 28th 2020

Anyone that has been on or around Savile Row in the past year would have likely come across the force of nature that is Nancy Johnston (above), founder of Tengri, and her yak fibre.  Nancy is a social worker, traveller and campaigner, who founded Te...

Tengri: Sustainable, luxurious yak fibre

Anyone that has been on or around Savile Row in the past year would have likely come across the force of nature that is Nancy Johnston (above), founder of Tengri, and her yak fibre.  Nancy is a social worker, traveller and campaigner, who founded Te...

Feb 28th 2020

Outfits I got wrong

Read MoreFeb 19th 2021

Everyone gets stuff wrong. We all have outfits we look back on years later, and cringe.  Fortunately, I believe this is something where you learn and progress. It is not a cycle of fashions, where every few years you wear something different, and di...

Outfits I got wrong

Everyone gets stuff wrong. We all have outfits we look back on years later, and cringe.  Fortunately, I believe this is something where you learn and progress. It is not a cycle of fashions, where every few years you wear something different, and di...

Feb 19th 2021

Reflections on bespoke 2: J Panther, Tom Davies and Steven Hitchcock

Read MoreFeb 18th 2015

 My last 'reflections on bespoke' post back in January was very popular. Readers seemed to respond to the assessment of bespoke commissions with the wisdom of hindsight, and I have to say I sympathise.Here, then, are five more, with the items selec...

Reflections on bespoke 2: J Panther, Tom Davies and Steven Hitchcock

 My last 'reflections on bespoke' post back in January was very popular. Readers seemed to respond to the assessment of bespoke commissions with the wisdom of hindsight, and I have to say I sympathise.Here, then, are five more, with the items selec...

Feb 18th 2015

Unexpected texture and colour - Denim and linen

Read MoreMar 19th 2018

I think it’s telling that the thing that makes me happiest about this outfit is the oatmeal-linen shirt, a piece made bespoke by D’Avino and featured here. I’ve been doing this for a while - trying to combine pieces of classic menswear in way...

Unexpected texture and colour - Denim and linen

I think it’s telling that the thing that makes me happiest about this outfit is the oatmeal-linen shirt, a piece made bespoke by D’Avino and featured here. I’ve been doing this for a while - trying to combine pieces of classic menswear in way...

Mar 19th 2018

Suit style 3: The double breasted

Read MoreJun 27th 2016

This is the fourth article in our Guide to Suit Style. You can see the full contents so far, and browse between them, on the right-hand side of this post. Bespoke double-breasted jacket by Dege & Skinner Perceptions of the d...

Suit style 3: The double breasted

This is the fourth article in our Guide to Suit Style. You can see the full contents so far, and browse between them, on the right-hand side of this post. Bespoke double-breasted jacket by Dege & Skinner Perceptions of the d...

Jun 27th 2016

The Finest Menswear in the World

Read MoreJul 17th 2015

  Finally, wonderfully, the book on luxury craft I began writing three years ago is coming out: The Finest Menswear in the World.- You can buy your own personalised copy of The Finest Menswear in the World in the Permanent Style shop -It will be p...

The Finest Menswear in the World

  Finally, wonderfully, the book on luxury craft I began writing three years ago is coming out: The Finest Menswear in the World.- You can buy your own personalised copy of The Finest Menswear in the World in the Permanent Style shop -It will be p...

Jul 17th 2015

When Lorenzo met Joe

Read MoreOct 23rd 2013

A couple of months ago Lorenzo Cifonelli asked me if I could introduce him to Joe Morgan next time Lorenzo was in London. Perhaps, he asked, we could even have lunch together. Finally – last Friday – we managed to make it happen. “I’m such a ...

When Lorenzo met Joe

A couple of months ago Lorenzo Cifonelli asked me if I could introduce him to Joe Morgan next time Lorenzo was in London. Perhaps, he asked, we could even have lunch together. Finally – last Friday – we managed to make it happen. “I’m such a ...

Oct 23rd 2013

Smalto: bespoke tailor, Paris

Read MoreNov 14th 2012

  French tailor Smalto is not talked about much by the bespoke enthusiasts of the world. Yet it is the second-biggest bespoke operation in France (after Cifonelli), has a great history – having been established by Francesco Smalto in 1962 when he...

Smalto: bespoke tailor, Paris

  French tailor Smalto is not talked about much by the bespoke enthusiasts of the world. Yet it is the second-biggest bespoke operation in France (after Cifonelli), has a great history – having been established by Francesco Smalto in 1962 when he...

Nov 14th 2012

Almost ready - suits being made for our Tailoring Symposium

Read MoreJun 12th 2015

 At our Tailoring Symposium next week in Florence, we have six of the greatest tailors in the world presenting their styles to the audience of press and buyers: Panico, Cifonelli, Edward Sexton, Richard Anderson, Liverano & Liverano, and Ander...

Almost ready - suits being made for our Tailoring Symposium

 At our Tailoring Symposium next week in Florence, we have six of the greatest tailors in the world presenting their styles to the audience of press and buyers: Panico, Cifonelli, Edward Sexton, Richard Anderson, Liverano & Liverano, and Ander...

Jun 12th 2015

Japanese retail and the growth of bespoke

Read MoreSep 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 strangely enough, it was the bes...

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 strangely enough, it was the bes...

Sep 30th 2016

PEN magazine: Permanent Style big in Japan

Read MoreSep 22nd 2011

  You could never refer to yourself as a style icon. But if someone else gives you the title, it's alright to pass it on, right? Seriously, I was highly flattered to be asked to appear in the latest issue of PEN magazine, which I am told by thos...

PEN magazine: Permanent Style big in Japan

  You could never refer to yourself as a style icon. But if someone else gives you the title, it's alright to pass it on, right? Seriously, I was highly flattered to be asked to appear in the latest issue of PEN magazine, which I am told by thos...

Sep 22nd 2011

Chittleborough & Morgan suit: Part 4

Read MoreNov 22nd 2013

My Chittleborough & Morgan navy suit was finally ready last month, and here are the pictures. I use the shot of the back at top because it is the only one that demonstrates the superb fit Joe and his team have achieved. It is a consistent strugg...

Chittleborough & Morgan suit: Part 4

My Chittleborough & Morgan navy suit was finally ready last month, and here are the pictures. I use the shot of the back at top because it is the only one that demonstrates the superb fit Joe and his team have achieved. It is a consistent strugg...

Nov 22nd 2013

Camps de Luca pick-and-pick suit: Style Breakdown

Read MoreSep 17th 2018

We are travelling gradually south in this series covering the styles of the finest tailors in the world. So having covered the major styles of London, we arrive in Paris - which is all close chests, roped shoulders and ornate finishing. Now, the ...

Camps de Luca pick-and-pick suit: Style Breakdown

We are travelling gradually south in this series covering the styles of the finest tailors in the world. So having covered the major styles of London, we arrive in Paris - which is all close chests, roped shoulders and ornate finishing. Now, the ...

Sep 17th 2018

Sartoria Melina - bespoke Neapolitan leather

Read MoreSep 4th 2017

As regular readers will know, I am a big fan of leather and suede outerwear - whether from the superfine Seraphin, historic Chapal or uber-modern Stoffa. I have tried, used and love them all. When it comes to tailored jackets in suede, however, I n...

Sartoria Melina - bespoke Neapolitan leather

As regular readers will know, I am a big fan of leather and suede outerwear - whether from the superfine Seraphin, historic Chapal or uber-modern Stoffa. I have tried, used and love them all. When it comes to tailored jackets in suede, however, I n...

Sep 4th 2017

Tips on buying an overcoat

Read MoreOct 16th 2015

  One of these days I’ll put together an editorial calendar. It always comes as a surprise when people start asking for advice on overcoats as the weather turns cold, but it shouldn’t. The same people ask for tips on luggage and swimming trunks...

Tips on buying an overcoat

  One of these days I’ll put together an editorial calendar. It always comes as a surprise when people start asking for advice on overcoats as the weather turns cold, but it shouldn’t. The same people ask for tips on luggage and swimming trunks...

Oct 16th 2015

Belted polo coat, from Whitcomb & Shaftesbury

Read MoreJan 16th 2019

So this was an interesting experiment. My idea was to make my first overcoat with Whitcomb & Shaftesbury as a belted wrap coat. So no buttons on the front, just a belt. A jigger button inside to keep the inside layer fastened, but none on the out...

Belted polo coat, from Whitcomb & Shaftesbury

So this was an interesting experiment. My idea was to make my first overcoat with Whitcomb & Shaftesbury as a belted wrap coat. So no buttons on the front, just a belt. A jigger button inside to keep the inside layer fastened, but none on the out...

Jan 16th 2019

Tailoring Symposium: the outfits

Read MoreJun 22nd 2015

 *   Update: Going by the 'likes' on Instagram, the outfits currently rank as:Anderson & Sheppard Cifonelli Liverano Edward Sexton Panico Richard Anderson            (Do you agree? Join in!)  *   These are the six pieces that our...

Tailoring Symposium: the outfits

 *   Update: Going by the 'likes' on Instagram, the outfits currently rank as:Anderson & Sheppard Cifonelli Liverano Edward Sexton Panico Richard Anderson            (Do you agree? Join in!)  *   These are the six pieces that our...

Jun 22nd 2015

Five double-breasted styles compared

Read MoreSep 1st 2016

Last month we talked about how small changes in the proportions of a double-breasted jacket can have a radical effect on its style - and therefore on the people or situations it suits. This week I've used five of my own jackets to demonstrate these ...

Five double-breasted styles compared

Last month we talked about how small changes in the proportions of a double-breasted jacket can have a radical effect on its style - and therefore on the people or situations it suits. This week I've used five of my own jackets to demonstrate these ...

Sep 1st 2016

The Tailoring Symposium: six greats in one room

Read MoreJun 19th 2015

"Edward, Edward," said Antonio Panico, in a conspiratorial whisper. "What was it like to fit Mick Jagger?"Just like the Shoemakers Symposium we ran in January, the biggest pleasure of our Tailors Symposium at Pitti this week was bringing together won...

The Tailoring Symposium: six greats in one room

"Edward, Edward," said Antonio Panico, in a conspiratorial whisper. "What was it like to fit Mick Jagger?"Just like the Shoemakers Symposium we ran in January, the biggest pleasure of our Tailors Symposium at Pitti this week was bringing together won...

Jun 19th 2015

Picking a tailor: Reader question

Read MoreNov 7th 2012

Dear Mr CromptonMy name is Francisco Gomez, from Colombia. I recently stumbled upon your blog and have become an avid reader of it, since I have always loved all things related to clothing, accessories etc.I am currently in the process of having my f...

Picking a tailor: Reader question

Dear Mr CromptonMy name is Francisco Gomez, from Colombia. I recently stumbled upon your blog and have become an avid reader of it, since I have always loved all things related to clothing, accessories etc.I am currently in the process of having my f...

Nov 7th 2012

Making a bespoke suede jacket

Read MoreDec 1st 2015

   Quite a few people asked how my suede Cifonelli jacket was being made - on the blog, on Instagram, on Facebook. And by email, with two separate tailors asking for advice to make one for their clients. Key to the questioning was how you could se...

Making a bespoke suede jacket

   Quite a few people asked how my suede Cifonelli jacket was being made - on the blog, on Instagram, on Facebook. And by email, with two separate tailors asking for advice to make one for their clients. Key to the questioning was how you could se...

Dec 1st 2015

Monochrome and concrete: Styling grey, charcoal and white

Read MoreMar 1st 2018

Although I love rich, natural colours (particularly in Autumn) I've always been particularly fascinated by the subtleties of monotone dressing.  It has such a strong style, and yet there is so little too it. It's striking and unusual, and yet quie...

Monochrome and concrete: Styling grey, charcoal and white

Although I love rich, natural colours (particularly in Autumn) I've always been particularly fascinated by the subtleties of monotone dressing.  It has such a strong style, and yet there is so little too it. It's striking and unusual, and yet quie...

Mar 1st 2018

Video: In conversation with Lorenzo

Read MoreJun 1st 2018

As promised a while back, here is some video coverage of the talk Lorenzo Cifonelli and I gave at Attire House in Hong Kong last month. We cover a pretty broad range of topics, from how annoyed Lorenzo looks when he's doing fittings, to the various ...

Video: In conversation with Lorenzo

As promised a while back, here is some video coverage of the talk Lorenzo Cifonelli and I gave at Attire House in Hong Kong last month. We cover a pretty broad range of topics, from how annoyed Lorenzo looks when he's doing fittings, to the various ...

Jun 1st 2018

Final Camps de Luca grey suit

Read MoreNov 23rd 2015

 My apologies to Philip, who wrote recently that he's been waiting for my review of this Camps de Luca suit. And to anyone else. The suit was completed a few months ago and we managed to take some photographs last month. But books, polos and even...

Final Camps de Luca grey suit

 My apologies to Philip, who wrote recently that he's been waiting for my review of this Camps de Luca suit. And to anyone else. The suit was completed a few months ago and we managed to take some photographs last month. But books, polos and even...

Nov 23rd 2015

Introducing: Everyday Lighter Denim

Read MoreOct 17th 2018

It's that time of year, and new things are all arriving at once. Today it's a new, lighter shade of the Everyday Denim. Everyday Denim shirting went down really well with readers, both as fabric and finished shirts, and several asked for other varia...

Introducing: Everyday Lighter Denim

It's that time of year, and new things are all arriving at once. Today it's a new, lighter shade of the Everyday Denim. Everyday Denim shirting went down really well with readers, both as fabric and finished shirts, and several asked for other varia...

Oct 17th 2018