Holiday snaps 2022: Illustrating versatile packing

Read MoreAug 17th 2022

In recent weeks you may have noticed comments have not been published quite as quickly as normal. That’s because I’ve been on holiday - in the north of Portugal, where my wife’s family is from.  It’s a beautiful part of the world, quiet and ...

Holiday snaps 2022: Illustrating versatile packing

In recent weeks you may have noticed comments have not been published quite as quickly as normal. That’s because I’ve been on holiday - in the north of Portugal, where my wife’s family is from.  It’s a beautiful part of the world, quiet and ...

Aug 17th 2022

Holiday snaps 2019: No shorts in the city

Read MoreAug 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 d...

Holiday snaps 2019: 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 d...

Aug 14th 2019

Holiday snaps 2016: Linen bomber, cotton trousers, espadrilles

Read MoreAug 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 da...

Holiday snaps 2016: 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 da...

Aug 1st 2016

Holiday snaps 2018: Eidos, Aspesi, Doek, Drake's

Read MoreApr 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. We took the opportunity to visit the 100 Hands factory in Amrit...

Holiday snaps 2018: 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. We took the opportunity to visit the 100 Hands factory in Amrit...

Apr 20th 2018

What I pack when I travel - on holiday

Read MoreJul 22nd 2022

A few years ago, I wrote a piece detailing what I packed when I travelled - focused on Naples in wam weather, but with application to colder weather too.  However this was a ‘work’ trip for me. One where I was expected to give a certain impre...

What I pack when I travel - on holiday

A few years ago, I wrote a piece detailing what I packed when I travelled - focused on Naples in wam weather, but with application to colder weather too.  However this was a ‘work’ trip for me. One where I was expected to give a certain impre...

Jul 22nd 2022

Accessories for holiday

Read MoreAug 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

Rain: Cap and cordovan, or felt and suede

Read MoreMay 9th 2022

This may be a little niche, but it’s something that often stresses me out in the morning, so hopefully it will be of some use to others.  My plans for what to wear on a particular day usually don’t account for rain.  I might be going into town,...

Rain: Cap and cordovan, or felt and suede

This may be a little niche, but it’s something that often stresses me out in the morning, so hopefully it will be of some use to others.  My plans for what to wear on a particular day usually don’t account for rain.  I might be going into town,...

May 9th 2022

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

Read MoreJul 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

Happy holidays

Read MoreAug 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

Summer Top 10: Polos, more polos, and espadrilles

Read MoreJul 6th 2022

I wasn’t going to do a ‘high summer’ version of our seasonal Top 10. After all, the spring edition back in April included such things as panama hats and boat shoes.  But everyone’s stock has been arriving so late that the intervening months ...

Summer Top 10: Polos, more polos, and espadrilles

I wasn’t going to do a ‘high summer’ version of our seasonal Top 10. After all, the spring edition back in April included such things as panama hats and boat shoes.  But everyone’s stock has been arriving so late that the intervening months ...

Jul 6th 2022

The guayabera shirt: A report from our man in Mexico

Read MoreMay 27th 2022

By Manish Puri If the average PS reader is anything like me (and after nearly a decade of reading I’ve no reason to believe they’re not) then the standard holiday wish list might read something like: good food, a nice drink, a museum visit, a fri...

The guayabera shirt: A report from our man in Mexico

By Manish Puri If the average PS reader is anything like me (and after nearly a decade of reading I’ve no reason to believe they’re not) then the standard holiday wish list might read something like: good food, a nice drink, a museum visit, a fri...

May 27th 2022

What is French Ivy?

Read MoreMay 31st 2021

By Tony Sylvester “A few years back, I posted a photo of Paul Weller on my Instagram (above). It was taken in 1984 in his Style Council era, where much to the consternation of the Mod faithful, he was constantly tinkering with his attire - alienati...

What is French Ivy?

By Tony Sylvester “A few years back, I posted a photo of Paul Weller on my Instagram (above). It was taken in 1984 in his Style Council era, where much to the consternation of the Mod faithful, he was constantly tinkering with his attire - alienati...

May 31st 2021

The Western shirt four ways (with Begg & Co cardigan)

Read MoreJun 14th 2021

One of the reasons Western and denim shirts have been so popular in recent years is their versatility.  On the one hand, their conventional pale blue means they sit easily beneath all manner of jackets or suits, while adding an intentional, unexpect...

The Western shirt four ways (with Begg & Co cardigan)

One of the reasons Western and denim shirts have been so popular in recent years is their versatility.  On the one hand, their conventional pale blue means they sit easily beneath all manner of jackets or suits, while adding an intentional, unexpect...

Jun 14th 2021

Espadrilles: Style, occasion, and brands

Read MoreJul 3rd 2020

UPDATE: This is a nice video from Diegos showing how espadrilles are made. You can see the better, neater hand sewing of the soles mentioned below.  I remember clearly when I got my first pair of espadrilles. I was 19, on holiday in Spain, and bough...

Espadrilles: Style, occasion, and brands

UPDATE: This is a nice video from Diegos showing how espadrilles are made. You can see the better, neater hand sewing of the soles mentioned below.  I remember clearly when I got my first pair of espadrilles. I was 19, on holiday in Spain, and bough...

Jul 3rd 2020

How to dress for summer - Reader question

Read MoreJun 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 el...

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 el...

Jun 15th 2016

Panic, spite and satisfaction: My job now

Read MoreAug 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

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

Read MoreJul 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 yo...

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 yo...

Jul 12th 2019

Dealing with losing and gaining weight

Read MoreApr 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

The symbolic value of clothes: An interview with Philip Warkander

Read MoreNov 2nd 2020

Philip Warkander is a Swedish academic, lecturer at Lund University in fashion studies.  We got to talking recently thanks to an introduction by Dag at Saman Amel, and it was interesting how many of the topics Philip covers - from the value placed o...

The symbolic value of clothes: An interview with Philip Warkander

Philip Warkander is a Swedish academic, lecturer at Lund University in fashion studies.  We got to talking recently thanks to an introduction by Dag at Saman Amel, and it was interesting how many of the topics Philip covers - from the value placed o...

Nov 2nd 2020

Kindness, sexiness, materialism: Gauthier Borsarello

Read MoreAug 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

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

Read MoreAug 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 - ...

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 - ...

Aug 7th 2019

Reader question: Packing for a trip

Read MoreAug 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

What I did this summer

Read MoreJun 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

John Simons - the shop, the history, the influence

Read MoreJan 25th 2021

In normal menswear - not even classic menswear, but everyday, everybody menswear, everything outside big fashion brands - retailers can often have more influence than designers. People like Charlie Davidson of The Andover Shop, Isabel Ettedgui of Con...

John Simons - the shop, the history, the influence

In normal menswear - not even classic menswear, but everyday, everybody menswear, everything outside big fashion brands - retailers can often have more influence than designers. People like Charlie Davidson of The Andover Shop, Isabel Ettedgui of Con...

Jan 25th 2021

The guide to shirt collars - and what suits you

Read MoreAug 31st 2020

With the slow disappearance of the tie from the male wardrobe, the shirt collar has become increasingly important. It now bears almost sole responsibility for framing and flattering the face.  However, guides to shirt collars - such as this one -...

The guide to shirt collars - and what suits you

With the slow disappearance of the tie from the male wardrobe, the shirt collar has become increasingly important. It now bears almost sole responsibility for framing and flattering the face.  However, guides to shirt collars - such as this one -...

Aug 31st 2020