Paris: A sartorial shopping guide - 2019 update with Holiday, Beige, Husbands

Jul 22nd 2019

There are some interesting things going on in French menswear.  Although France has generally been the poor cousin to Britain and Italy here, in the last 30 years it seemed to get worse. Most of the good shops closed (Old England, Arnys) and accord...

Paris: A sartorial shopping guide - 2019 update with Holiday, Beige, Husbands

There are some interesting things going on in French menswear.  Although France has generally been the poor cousin to Britain and Italy here, in the last 30 years it seemed to get worse. Most of the good shops closed (Old England, Arnys) and accord...

Jul 22nd 2019

Holiday snaps 2019 (Or, no shorts in the city)

Aug 14th 2019

I just got back from our annual summer holiday: two weeks in Portugal, in a villa with my wife and children, miles away from anything.  I normally write a post running through things worn on holiday, as I know readers find it interesting having diff...

Holiday snaps 2019 (Or, no shorts in the city)

I just got back from our annual summer holiday: two weeks in Portugal, in a villa with my wife and children, miles away from anything.  I normally write a post running through things worn on holiday, as I know readers find it interesting having diff...

Aug 14th 2019

Holiday snaps: Eidos, Aspesi, Doek, Drake's

Apr 20th 2018

Travelling to India on holiday this Easter gave me a reason to get the hot-weather clothing out early. It was unseasonably hot even for there, with the temperature pushing 40 degrees every day. We took the opportunity to visit the 100 Hands factory ...

Holiday snaps: Eidos, Aspesi, Doek, Drake's

Travelling to India on holiday this Easter gave me a reason to get the hot-weather clothing out early. It was unseasonably hot even for there, with the temperature pushing 40 degrees every day. We took the opportunity to visit the 100 Hands factory ...

Apr 20th 2018

Accessories for holiday

Aug 7th 2017

Following my post two weeks ago on what I pack for travel, a reader asked about non-clothing items - electronics, toiletries and so on.  So here are a few of my favourite things, which will certainly be going on holiday this summer.  Ske...

Accessories for holiday

Following my post two weeks ago on what I pack for travel, a reader asked about non-clothing items - electronics, toiletries and so on.  So here are a few of my favourite things, which will certainly be going on holiday this summer.  Ske...

Aug 7th 2017

Holiday snaps: Linen bomber, cotton trousers, espadrilles

Aug 1st 2016

A brief post today, with some pictures from holiday. Casual but still classic in cut and colour, and catering to the heat. First, above, 'Dani' espadrilles from La Portegna. I'm still in two minds about these, after a week of wearing them every day...

Holiday snaps: Linen bomber, cotton trousers, espadrilles

A brief post today, with some pictures from holiday. Casual but still classic in cut and colour, and catering to the heat. First, above, 'Dani' espadrilles from La Portegna. I'm still in two minds about these, after a week of wearing them every day...

Aug 1st 2016

Happy holidays

Aug 4th 2014

Permanent Style is on holiday this week. We'll be back on Monday with a fresh collaboration with John Smedley that, frankly, I'm pretty excited about. See you then

Happy holidays

Permanent Style is on holiday this week. We'll be back on Monday with a fresh collaboration with John Smedley that, frankly, I'm pretty excited about. See you then

Aug 4th 2014

How to dress for summer - Reader question

Jun 15th 2016

Simon,Would you be willing to do a post on (casual) summer dressing? It’s the area of dress I struggle with the most.Every time I go on summer/spring holidays I find myself browsing through the internet looking for a good mix of casual and elegant ...

How to dress for summer - Reader question

Simon,Would you be willing to do a post on (casual) summer dressing? It’s the area of dress I struggle with the most.Every time I go on summer/spring holidays I find myself browsing through the internet looking for a good mix of casual and elegant ...

Jun 15th 2016

Panic, spite and satisfaction: My job now

Aug 21st 2019

The memory that comes back vividly is cycling over to the Drake’s office, on a Boris Bike. I was going to see Matt and Nathan for some reason, and then going for a drink afterwards. I had a moment of sheer panic. Riding along, I started freaking ou...

Panic, spite and satisfaction: My job now

The memory that comes back vividly is cycling over to the Drake’s office, on a Boris Bike. I was going to see Matt and Nathan for some reason, and then going for a drink afterwards. I had a moment of sheer panic. Riding along, I started freaking ou...

Aug 21st 2019

Editing Instagram: Dressing for different walks of life with @UrbanComposition

Aug 7th 2019

Great as Instagram is, a definite flaw is its lack of an effective archive. There’s no way to search old images, so unless you save an image yourself, you can't find old pieces or browse effectively.  Just as important a frustration - for me - is ...

Editing Instagram: Dressing for different walks of life with @UrbanComposition

Great as Instagram is, a definite flaw is its lack of an effective archive. There’s no way to search old images, so unless you save an image yourself, you can't find old pieces or browse effectively.  Just as important a frustration - for me - is ...

Aug 7th 2019

Kindness, sexiness, materialism: Gauthier Borsarello

Aug 12th 2019

Gauthier Borsarello is one of the most refreshing people in menswear today. I hope that came across in our recent piece on his shops and projects in Paris - including Holiday, Le Vif and L’Etiquette magazine.  What we didn’t get a chance to go i...

Kindness, sexiness, materialism: Gauthier Borsarello

Gauthier Borsarello is one of the most refreshing people in menswear today. I hope that came across in our recent piece on his shops and projects in Paris - including Holiday, Le Vif and L’Etiquette magazine.  What we didn’t get a chance to go i...

Aug 12th 2019

Earthy, refined colours for summer: Biagio Granata, Marol, Baudoin & Lange

Jul 12th 2019

Today is a lovely day in London (the day I write this, that is, July 3, not the day it’s published). Sunny, a light breeze, a few clouds drifting across the sky.  It’s twenty-three degrees celcius. The kind of temperature where you can wear a T-...

Earthy, refined colours for summer: Biagio Granata, Marol, Baudoin & Lange

Today is a lovely day in London (the day I write this, that is, July 3, not the day it’s published). Sunny, a light breeze, a few clouds drifting across the sky.  It’s twenty-three degrees celcius. The kind of temperature where you can wear a T-...

Jul 12th 2019

Junk clothing and joke clothing

Dec 23rd 2019

In recent weeks two friends inadvertently coined similar phrases, in relation to what they saw as wrong with clothing today.  One referred to the buying of large volumes of cheap clothes - often plastic, often made in poor labour conditions - as ‘...

Junk clothing and joke clothing

In recent weeks two friends inadvertently coined similar phrases, in relation to what they saw as wrong with clothing today.  One referred to the buying of large volumes of cheap clothes - often plastic, often made in poor labour conditions - as ‘...

Dec 23rd 2019

Reader question: Packing for a trip

Aug 19th 2009

Adam: Can you offer some advice on packing for traveling and extended holidays? I will be on a 10-week holiday in western Europe this late summer-fall. I am at a loss as to how many sport coats, shoes etc I should pack. I know that I will be able to ...

Reader question: Packing for a trip

Adam: Can you offer some advice on packing for traveling and extended holidays? I will be on a 10-week holiday in western Europe this late summer-fall. I am at a loss as to how many sport coats, shoes etc I should pack. I know that I will be able to ...

Aug 19th 2009

Dealing with losing and gaining weight

Apr 13th 2018

I've been on holiday for the past two weeks, swimming every day, and have noticeably lost weight. I'm tightening the side adjustors on my trousers where I didn't before. It reminds me how frequently readers ask about such fluctuations in weight, a...

Dealing with losing and gaining weight

I've been on holiday for the past two weeks, swimming every day, and have noticeably lost weight. I'm tightening the side adjustors on my trousers where I didn't before. It reminds me how frequently readers ask about such fluctuations in weight, a...

Apr 13th 2018

What I did this summer

Jun 25th 2012

Not much of an excuse to post this, except to celebrate being on holiday.The nearest I can get is the Rapha gear, which is performing very well. There is some geeky satisfaction in demonstrating that wool (mix, jersey) and leather (shoes) perform bet...

What I did this summer

Not much of an excuse to post this, except to celebrate being on holiday.The nearest I can get is the Rapha gear, which is performing very well. There is some geeky satisfaction in demonstrating that wool (mix, jersey) and leather (shoes) perform bet...

Jun 25th 2012

Terrycloth blazer and a fish net shirt?

Jul 28th 2010

At Eden Roc on the blue MediterraneanEsquire, August 1936: "One of the world's most fashionable swimming holes, Eden Roc at Cap d'Antibes, has no beach at all, just steps and all sorts of intricate plateaus that have been cut out of the rocks.Against...

Terrycloth blazer and a fish net shirt?

At Eden Roc on the blue MediterraneanEsquire, August 1936: "One of the world's most fashionable swimming holes, Eden Roc at Cap d'Antibes, has no beach at all, just steps and all sorts of intricate plateaus that have been cut out of the rocks.Against...

Jul 28th 2010

Best-dressed man 2019: @Gusvs9 (or, dressing simply but well)

Feb 20th 2019

Best-dressed non-professional 2019: @Gusvs9 Runners-up: @urbancomposition, @flannels_and_tweed @Gusvs9 doesn’t like people to know who he is. You never see his face on Instagram, and there is no biography. Such an approach is almost weird in th...

Best-dressed man 2019: @Gusvs9 (or, dressing simply but well)

Best-dressed non-professional 2019: @Gusvs9 Runners-up: @urbancomposition, @flannels_and_tweed @Gusvs9 doesn’t like people to know who he is. You never see his face on Instagram, and there is no biography. Such an approach is almost weird in th...

Feb 20th 2019

The guide to summer shirt fabrics

Jun 7th 2019

The aim of a shirt bought for summer might seem easy: to stay cool. But there are several variations here, and crossovers with styles and other functionality. This, then, is our substantive yet focused guide to buying a shirt fabric for the warme...

The guide to summer shirt fabrics

The aim of a shirt bought for summer might seem easy: to stay cool. But there are several variations here, and crossovers with styles and other functionality. This, then, is our substantive yet focused guide to buying a shirt fabric for the warme...

Jun 7th 2019

The new Lightweight Friday Polo

Jul 3rd 2019

This is the lovely - and reader-driven - new version of the Lightweight Friday Polo.  The version we did last summer, in white piqué, was popular and sold out, but several readers commented that it was a little too transparent for them.  So this y...

The new Lightweight Friday Polo

This is the lovely - and reader-driven - new version of the Lightweight Friday Polo.  The version we did last summer, in white piqué, was popular and sold out, but several readers commented that it was a little too transparent for them.  So this y...

Jul 3rd 2019

Rubato knitwear: Easy elegance

Sep 9th 2019

Last week Swedish friends Oliver Dannefalk and Carl Pers (below) launched a small collection - mostly knitwear - called Rubato. It’s tasteful, well-made, and (like many new brands today) fills a particular niche of clothing they wanted to wear.  ...

Rubato knitwear: Easy elegance

Last week Swedish friends Oliver Dannefalk and Carl Pers (below) launched a small collection - mostly knitwear - called Rubato. It’s tasteful, well-made, and (like many new brands today) fills a particular niche of clothing they wanted to wear.  ...

Sep 9th 2019

Introducing: The PS Shorts

May 30th 2018

Today our long-awaited shorts (by me, anyway) go on sale. They are available in two styles: a clean, smart navy and a casual, garment-washed green. Although some PS projects have been more involved, this has probably been the longest to completion, ...

Introducing: The PS Shorts

Today our long-awaited shorts (by me, anyway) go on sale. They are available in two styles: a clean, smart navy and a casual, garment-washed green. Although some PS projects have been more involved, this has probably been the longest to completion, ...

May 30th 2018

Book signing at Paul Stuart, New York

Mar 4th 2016

  When I was a teenager, we went on holiday to New York as a family. And although I looked in many shops, particularly the Rhinelander Mansion, it was Paul Stuart that I loved the most. Ralph Lauren was a lot more polished; I'd probably have said...

Book signing at Paul Stuart, New York

  When I was a teenager, we went on holiday to New York as a family. And although I looked in many shops, particularly the Rhinelander Mansion, it was Paul Stuart that I loved the most. Ralph Lauren was a lot more polished; I'd probably have said...

Mar 4th 2016

The perfect polo shirt - Orlebar Brown

Jun 4th 2012

When on holiday, a long-sleeved polo shirtor regular Oxford button-down is usually the most stylish accompaniment to shorts – see post here. However, there are times when a sportier, short-sleeved polo is more suitable. On the beach, for example, o...

The perfect polo shirt - Orlebar Brown

When on holiday, a long-sleeved polo shirtor regular Oxford button-down is usually the most stylish accompaniment to shorts – see post here. However, there are times when a sportier, short-sleeved polo is more suitable. On the beach, for example, o...

Jun 4th 2012

Dressing for the summer, and the kids

Sep 2nd 2013

I’ve been on holiday the past two weeks in the south of France; apologies for the tardiness confirming some comments. For those interested in more casual dress, here is something from last week, with my youngest hiding her face wisely from the came...

Dressing for the summer, and the kids

I’ve been on holiday the past two weeks in the south of France; apologies for the tardiness confirming some comments. For those interested in more casual dress, here is something from last week, with my youngest hiding her face wisely from the came...

Sep 2nd 2013

The pleasures of traditional dress

Nov 6th 2008

Oman has not been anything more than a small fishing and trading hub for long. Although historically a powerful port – crucial for the route between Europe and India – it only began to grow significantly this century with the discovery of oil and...

The pleasures of traditional dress

Oman has not been anything more than a small fishing and trading hub for long. Although historically a powerful port – crucial for the route between Europe and India – it only began to grow significantly this century with the discovery of oil and...

Nov 6th 2008