The Tailors Symposium, at Pitti this June

Read MoreJun 2nd 2015

 Next month, on June 17th, we will be holding a follow-up to our shoemakers event at Pitti in January. This time we are focusing on the best tailors in the world, and I'm proud to say that we will have Cifonelli, Anderson & Sheppard, Panico, Li...

The Tailors Symposium, at Pitti this June

 Next month, on June 17th, we will be holding a follow-up to our shoemakers event at Pitti in January. This time we are focusing on the best tailors in the world, and I'm proud to say that we will have Cifonelli, Anderson & Sheppard, Panico, Li...

Jun 2nd 2015

The Young Tailors Symposium - filming on the roof

Read MoreJun 20th 2016

Davide Taub of Gieves & HawkesOne of the nicest things about the Young Tailors Symposium last week was the fact we managed to arrange a film - something that will record for the hundreds of thousands of you what we discussed and enjoyed. We trie...

The Young Tailors Symposium - filming on the roof

Davide Taub of Gieves & HawkesOne of the nicest things about the Young Tailors Symposium last week was the fact we managed to arrange a film - something that will record for the hundreds of thousands of you what we discussed and enjoyed. We trie...

Jun 20th 2016

Sartoria Vestrucci charcoal-flannel suit: Review

Read MoreMar 28th 2018

Right. Let’s do this by first running through the Vestrucci style and cut, and then going into the more subjective areas of reaction and experience. The suit being discussed is a Holland & Sherry charcoal flannel  that I had made over the...

Sartoria Vestrucci charcoal-flannel suit: Review

Right. Let’s do this by first running through the Vestrucci style and cut, and then going into the more subjective areas of reaction and experience. The suit being discussed is a Holland & Sherry charcoal flannel  that I had made over the...

Mar 28th 2018

Double-breasted cotton jacket and striped shirt

Read MoreJul 9th 2018

When I first had this cotton jacket made, I noted that it was a tricky one to work into an outfit. The vintage cotton cloth (more details here) is rather rough and casual, yet the cut and style are quite smart. Having it as a double-breasted jacket...

Double-breasted cotton jacket and striped shirt

When I first had this cotton jacket made, I noted that it was a tricky one to work into an outfit. The vintage cotton cloth (more details here) is rather rough and casual, yet the cut and style are quite smart. Having it as a double-breasted jacket...

Jul 9th 2018

Licia Luchini: Bespoke knitwear, Florence

Read MoreDec 5th 2018

You don’t see many hand-knitted sweaters from luxury brands. In general, their knitwear is sold on the quality and rarity of the fibre, rather than the manufacture. And when you do - as at Ralph Lauren Purple Label for instance - they’re very ex...

Licia Luchini: Bespoke knitwear, Florence

You don’t see many hand-knitted sweaters from luxury brands. In general, their knitwear is sold on the quality and rarity of the fibre, rather than the manufacture. And when you do - as at Ralph Lauren Purple Label for instance - they’re very ex...

Dec 5th 2018

Shoes in wet weather: The best ways to prevent rain damage

Read MoreApr 20th 2020

Last month I wrote a fairly comprehensive piece on the ways to deal with rain damage on shoes, when it happens.  In this article, I’ll outline the best ways to prevent that damage happening in the first place - both in terms of which shoes you wea...

Shoes in wet weather: The best ways to prevent rain damage

Last month I wrote a fairly comprehensive piece on the ways to deal with rain damage on shoes, when it happens.  In this article, I’ll outline the best ways to prevent that damage happening in the first place - both in terms of which shoes you wea...

Apr 20th 2020

Are bespoke shoes worth it?

Read MoreAug 9th 2021

Every time I do a review of bespoke shoes, the question comes up as to whether they're worth the money. Whether bespoke shoes in general can really be worth it, given the little issues I often report.  My short answer is that, in my experience, they...

Are bespoke shoes worth it?

Every time I do a review of bespoke shoes, the question comes up as to whether they're worth the money. Whether bespoke shoes in general can really be worth it, given the little issues I often report.  My short answer is that, in my experience, they...

Aug 9th 2021

The sartorial journey: How to dress like George Wang

Read MoreNov 7th 2016

It’s been a while since we’ve included anyone in this series – which began with Bruce Boyer and Alan See – for which I apologise. The next to be included is George Wang, owner of the BRIO store in Beijing, China. George is a good friend ...

The sartorial journey: How to dress like George Wang

It’s been a while since we’ve included anyone in this series – which began with Bruce Boyer and Alan See – for which I apologise. The next to be included is George Wang, owner of the BRIO store in Beijing, China. George is a good friend ...

Nov 7th 2016

Salvatore Ambrosi trousers - review

Read MoreFeb 29th 2016

  I began the process of having trousers made by Salva (-tore Ambrosi) just over a year ago. Since then I’ve had two pairs made - in fresco and flannel - and while the quality of the product has been good, the process hasn’t. Salva had problems...

Salvatore Ambrosi trousers - review

  I began the process of having trousers made by Salva (-tore Ambrosi) just over a year ago. Since then I’ve had two pairs made - in fresco and flannel - and while the quality of the product has been good, the process hasn’t. Salva had problems...

Feb 29th 2016

The Holland & Sherry cloths I have known

Read MoreJun 3rd 2016

At the Young Tailors Symposium in a couple of weeks, we will have one floor of the Stefano Bemer atelier dedicated to my favourite Holland & Sherry cloths. Holland & Sherry have generously supported the event, and I thought the best way to r...

The Holland & Sherry cloths I have known

At the Young Tailors Symposium in a couple of weeks, we will have one floor of the Stefano Bemer atelier dedicated to my favourite Holland & Sherry cloths. Holland & Sherry have generously supported the event, and I thought the best way to r...

Jun 3rd 2016

Book launch at Brio, Beijing

Read MoreMay 13th 2015

 In the past week I have been in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai - the images here are from the Beijing launch of our Permanent Style 2015 book at the menswear store Brio.George at Brio put on a nice display for the book, including several pieces fe...

Book launch at Brio, Beijing

 In the past week I have been in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai - the images here are from the Beijing launch of our Permanent Style 2015 book at the menswear store Brio.George at Brio put on a nice display for the book, including several pieces fe...

May 13th 2015

Brio menswear store - Beijing, China

Read MoreJun 15th 2015

 Last month we had a book launch at the Brio menswear store in Beijing. It's worth running through a few more details of the shop - because the stock is interesting, and because it is part of a pleasing trend in more specialist tailoring and craft...

Brio menswear store - Beijing, China

 Last month we had a book launch at the Brio menswear store in Beijing. It's worth running through a few more details of the shop - because the stock is interesting, and because it is part of a pleasing trend in more specialist tailoring and craft...

Jun 15th 2015

The bespoke pea coat - Part 4

Read MoreDec 1st 2014

 Two weeks ago I finally received the pea coat that Davide (Taub, Gieves & Hawkes) and I have been working on for just over a year. There are a few pieces of clothing that make me literally dance for joy when I get them (such as the Stefano Bem...

The bespoke pea coat - Part 4

 Two weeks ago I finally received the pea coat that Davide (Taub, Gieves & Hawkes) and I have been working on for just over a year. There are a few pieces of clothing that make me literally dance for joy when I get them (such as the Stefano Bem...

Dec 1st 2014

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

The (55) bespoke tailors I have known

Read MoreJun 3rd 2020

This post was originally written in 2012: a breakdown of all the tailors I have tried personally (rather than just written about), split into different countries. It was updated in 2016, and I have updated it again now in 2020, adding a further 1...

The (55) bespoke tailors I have known

This post was originally written in 2012: a breakdown of all the tailors I have tried personally (rather than just written about), split into different countries. It was updated in 2016, and I have updated it again now in 2020, adding a further 1...

Jun 3rd 2020

Pictures from Pitti Uomo 2014

Read MoreJan 12th 2014

A few of the pictures of me from Pitti this year. Above, in brown tweed Caliendo jacket (more on that in a couple of weeks), Anderson & Sheppard flannels and Ralph Lauren madder-like orange handkerchief.  Tweed such as this goes well with lots ...

Pictures from Pitti Uomo 2014

A few of the pictures of me from Pitti this year. Above, in brown tweed Caliendo jacket (more on that in a couple of weeks), Anderson & Sheppard flannels and Ralph Lauren madder-like orange handkerchief.  Tweed such as this goes well with lots ...

Jan 12th 2014

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

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

Getting dressed: Tan jacket and green linen trousers

Read MoreJun 24th 2015

  OK, let's break this down. There are four major choices of colour here:Trousers: greenJacket: tanTie: brownShirt: blueI put them deliberately in that order because that is the order in which they were chosen. Readers are familiar with my love of ...

Getting dressed: Tan jacket and green linen trousers

  OK, let's break this down. There are four major choices of colour here:Trousers: greenJacket: tanTie: brownShirt: blueI put them deliberately in that order because that is the order in which they were chosen. Readers are familiar with my love of ...

Jun 24th 2015

What is worth being made bespoke?

Read MoreAug 21st 2015

  In comments to Friday’s post on my ‘go-to’ clothing, readers said they would like to see a post suggesting which types of clothing it is most worth having made bespoke.In order to set out my views on this, I have listed five items that are ...

What is worth being made bespoke?

  In comments to Friday’s post on my ‘go-to’ clothing, readers said they would like to see a post suggesting which types of clothing it is most worth having made bespoke.In order to set out my views on this, I have listed five items that are ...

Aug 21st 2015

The Accessories Symposium: Drake's, Begg, Simonnot-Godard...

Read MoreDec 18th 2015

    Following our last two events during Pitti Uomo - the Shoemakers Symposium and the Tailors Symposium, we are following up with an event in January that will bring together some of the finest accessories makers in the world. On stage will be:...

The Accessories Symposium: Drake's, Begg, Simonnot-Godard...

    Following our last two events during Pitti Uomo - the Shoemakers Symposium and the Tailors Symposium, we are following up with an event in January that will bring together some of the finest accessories makers in the world. On stage will be:...

Dec 18th 2015

Video: The Tailoring Symposium

Read MoreJan 5th 2016

Ahead of our next Symposium in Florence next week - focusing on accessories - here's a reminder of the tailoring edition I organised last summer. The Rake organised this video of our discussion beforehand, at the Four Seasons hotel. It was a pri...

Video: The Tailoring Symposium

Ahead of our next Symposium in Florence next week - focusing on accessories - here's a reminder of the tailoring edition I organised last summer. The Rake organised this video of our discussion beforehand, at the Four Seasons hotel. It was a pri...

Jan 5th 2016

Video: Cycling and style

Read MoreJun 25th 2016

In case anyone's interested in my views on cycling and style - particularly the crossover between technical innovation and luxury - here's a video of an interview I did with Konrad Olsson during Pitti. Konrad is the editor-in-chief of Plaza Uomo maga...

Video: Cycling and style

In case anyone's interested in my views on cycling and style - particularly the crossover between technical innovation and luxury - here's a video of an interview I did with Konrad Olsson during Pitti. Konrad is the editor-in-chief of Plaza Uomo maga...

Jun 25th 2016

AW Bauer & Co - bespoke tailor, Stockholm

Read MoreAug 19th 2016

I don’t usually write about tailors unless I am trying them as a customer – it just feels like there’s a big part of the content missing. But one exception I’m happy to make is for young tailors, who often deserve and need the exposure.One of...

AW Bauer & Co - bespoke tailor, Stockholm

I don’t usually write about tailors unless I am trying them as a customer – it just feels like there’s a big part of the content missing. But one exception I’m happy to make is for young tailors, who often deserve and need the exposure.One of...

Aug 19th 2016

Introducing: The trunk show calendar

Read MoreSep 13th 2016

Today we launch something rather different on Permanent Style: a live Trunk Show Calendar.The calendar is a central, coordinated listing of bespoke menswear trunk shows around the world. It lists, month by month, who is visiting which city, when, an...

Introducing: The trunk show calendar

Today we launch something rather different on Permanent Style: a live Trunk Show Calendar.The calendar is a central, coordinated listing of bespoke menswear trunk shows around the world. It lists, month by month, who is visiting which city, when, an...

Sep 13th 2016