Foster & Son bespoke shoes: Review

Read MoreApr 27th 2016

   A few weeks ago I received my final pair of Foster & Son bespoke shoes. The process has, unfortunately, been both good and bad.  First, the good. The fitting I had with John Spencer - Foster’s lastmaker - was impressive. The fit around ...

Foster & Son bespoke shoes: Review

   A few weeks ago I received my final pair of Foster & Son bespoke shoes. The process has, unfortunately, been both good and bad.  First, the good. The fitting I had with John Spencer - Foster’s lastmaker - was impressive. The fit around ...

Apr 27th 2016

A Pitti diary: The experience, the brands, the parties

Read MoreJun 19th 2019

Pitti is a long trade show: four full days, when most are usually three. As a result, by Friday everyone is exhausted, with selling, talking, and late dinners. Although it does depend on why you’re there. Most people fall into one of three groups: ...

A Pitti diary: The experience, the brands, the parties

Pitti is a long trade show: four full days, when most are usually three. As a result, by Friday everyone is exhausted, with selling, talking, and late dinners. Although it does depend on why you’re there. Most people fall into one of three groups: ...

Jun 19th 2019

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

BeShoes: The shoe symposium at Pitti Uomo

Read MoreJan 16th 2015

 At one point in the evening, I introduced John Carnera to Pierre Corthay. These two titans of bespoke shoemaking - and gentlemen both - yet of course they had never met. Later, at the Villa Cora party, it was introducing Edward Sexton to Luca Rubin...

BeShoes: The shoe symposium at Pitti Uomo

 At one point in the evening, I introduced John Carnera to Pierre Corthay. These two titans of bespoke shoemaking - and gentlemen both - yet of course they had never met. Later, at the Villa Cora party, it was introducing Edward Sexton to Luca Rubin...

Jan 16th 2015

The Young Tailors Symposium - discussion

Read MoreJun 21st 2016

Our Young Tailors Symposium last week in Florence - in the beautiful Stefano Bemer atelier - threw up some really interesting areas of discussion.The six tailors all had rather different backgrounds: some trained in completely different fields before...

The Young Tailors Symposium - discussion

Our Young Tailors Symposium last week in Florence - in the beautiful Stefano Bemer atelier - threw up some really interesting areas of discussion.The six tailors all had rather different backgrounds: some trained in completely different fields before...

Jun 21st 2016

Justin Fitzpatrick, the Shoe Snob, launches his shoes

Read MoreApr 10th 2013

A couple of weeks ago, Justin Fitzpatrick at The Shoe Snob launched his first range of shoes, which are now available at Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row. For Justin, this is the culmination of a long period of working and dreaming. He trained as a shoe...

Justin Fitzpatrick, the Shoe Snob, launches his shoes

A couple of weeks ago, Justin Fitzpatrick at The Shoe Snob launched his first range of shoes, which are now available at Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row. For Justin, this is the culmination of a long period of working and dreaming. He trained as a shoe...

Apr 10th 2013

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

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 Media Symposium - the dinner and party

Read MoreJun 19th 2018

Our Symposium on fashion and the media, held last week at Teatro del Sale in Florence, might have been our most enjoyable yet. Certainly, it ran the smoothest, with no logistics issues and a set of speakers that, frankly, could each have talked for ...

The Media Symposium - the dinner and party

Our Symposium on fashion and the media, held last week at Teatro del Sale in Florence, might have been our most enjoyable yet. Certainly, it ran the smoothest, with no logistics issues and a set of speakers that, frankly, could each have talked for ...

Jun 19th 2018

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

New book: Bespoke Style, the cuts of 25 of the world's finest tailors

Read MoreOct 19th 2020

Nothing is more satisfying than when long-grown projects come to fruition. Indeed, I'm not sure many media today could support a project that's taken this amount of work and time.  It began in 2016, with the idea of trying to commission a suit or ja...

New book: Bespoke Style, the cuts of 25 of the world's finest tailors

Nothing is more satisfying than when long-grown projects come to fruition. Indeed, I'm not sure many media today could support a project that's taken this amount of work and time.  It began in 2016, with the idea of trying to commission a suit or ja...

Oct 19th 2020

Asking the next question: An interview with Kirby Allison

Read MoreSep 2nd 2019

I recently did this interview with Kirby Allison of The Hanger Project, as part of his Shoe Shine Sunday series. It's a little bit meandering (and my shirt seems determined to reveal more chest than anyone would want) but I think there are some inter...

Asking the next question: An interview with Kirby Allison

I recently did this interview with Kirby Allison of The Hanger Project, as part of his Shoe Shine Sunday series. It's a little bit meandering (and my shirt seems determined to reveal more chest than anyone would want) but I think there are some inter...

Sep 2nd 2019

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

Come to the next Symposium: The future of independent shops

Read MoreDec 5th 2016

I'm really excited about our next Symposium, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th. First, because while it brings together some of my favourite people - as with all the symposia - the subject is very different.It will not be about artisans, but rathe...

Come to the next Symposium: The future of independent shops

I'm really excited about our next Symposium, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th. First, because while it brings together some of my favourite people - as with all the symposia - the subject is very different.It will not be about artisans, but rathe...

Dec 5th 2016

The PS Presents opening party with Holland & Sherry - and new brands added

Read MoreAug 20th 2019

The opening party for our Permanent Style Presents shop has gained a bit of a reputation in recent years. Certainly, it's one of the parties each season I enjoy most. This time the party will be co-hosted with Holland & Sherry, and take place on ...

The PS Presents opening party with Holland & Sherry - and new brands added

The opening party for our Permanent Style Presents shop has gained a bit of a reputation in recent years. Certainly, it's one of the parties each season I enjoy most. This time the party will be co-hosted with Holland & Sherry, and take place on ...

Aug 20th 2019

Vestrucci charcoal suit: Style Breakdown

Read MoreNov 25th 2019

I’m very fond of the cut of this Vestrucci suit, and it is more unusual than I realised when I first received it.  Although many aspects are similar to Liverano and other related Florentine tailors, there are small and large differences.  So th...

Vestrucci charcoal suit: Style Breakdown

I’m very fond of the cut of this Vestrucci suit, and it is more unusual than I realised when I first received it.  Although many aspects are similar to Liverano and other related Florentine tailors, there are small and large differences.  So th...

Nov 25th 2019

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

Amended Friday Polos in stock - and available to try on

Read MoreDec 14th 2018

Thank you for waiting so patiently - particularly those on the waiting list, who were alerted to the Friday Polo's availability a couple of days ago. The Friday Polo is now back in stock, in its original four colours: navy, green, grey and white. You...

Amended Friday Polos in stock - and available to try on

Thank you for waiting so patiently - particularly those on the waiting list, who were alerted to the Friday Polo's availability a couple of days ago. The Friday Polo is now back in stock, in its original four colours: navy, green, grey and white. You...

Dec 14th 2018

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

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