How to polish shoes: Part 2, polish and mirror shine

Read MoreOct 22nd 2018

As with the first in our shoe polishing videos, this film is more discursive than most, with context and analysis around both the talk and the demonstration. Most videos on polishing just show one person doing what they do, and coming up with a grea...

How to polish shoes: Part 2, polish and mirror shine

As with the first in our shoe polishing videos, this film is more discursive than most, with context and analysis around both the talk and the demonstration. Most videos on polishing just show one person doing what they do, and coming up with a grea...

Oct 22nd 2018

How to polish shoes: Part 1, context and cream

Read MoreOct 15th 2018

For the next in our series of practical videos, I wanted to tackle shoe polishing. But, also to present it in a way that was more discursive, and explained rather than just taught. Most videos on polishing just show one person doing what they do, an...

How to polish shoes: Part 1, context and cream

For the next in our series of practical videos, I wanted to tackle shoe polishing. But, also to present it in a way that was more discursive, and explained rather than just taught. Most videos on polishing just show one person doing what they do, an...

Oct 15th 2018

Video: Buying a pair of bespoke shoes

Read MoreFeb 13th 2019

While in Florence last month, we took the opportunity to film some of the practical videos we've produced in the last year, with artisans based in the city. This is the first, with Stefano Bemer, talking about buying a first pair of bespoke shoes:...

Video: Buying a pair of bespoke shoes

While in Florence last month, we took the opportunity to film some of the practical videos we've produced in the last year, with artisans based in the city. This is the first, with Stefano Bemer, talking about buying a first pair of bespoke shoes:...

Feb 13th 2019

Video: Edward Green shoes being made in Northampton

Read MoreOct 11th 2016

Edward Green recently made this video showing step-by-step the stages of making a pair of shoes in the Northampton factory. I like the lack of pretentiousness to it - others would desaturate the imagery, use slow motion to linger over particular par...

Video: Edward Green shoes being made in Northampton

Edward Green recently made this video showing step-by-step the stages of making a pair of shoes in the Northampton factory. I like the lack of pretentiousness to it - others would desaturate the imagery, use slow motion to linger over particular par...

Oct 11th 2016

Video: How much can you alter a suit?

Read MoreDec 9th 2019

One of the reasons a bespoke suit can last a long time is that it is easier to adjust, and the tailors that made it are better at doing so. It's easier to adjust because more cloth is left in the seams, and in more places, than anything made in a fa...

Video: How much can you alter a suit?

One of the reasons a bespoke suit can last a long time is that it is easier to adjust, and the tailors that made it are better at doing so. It's easier to adjust because more cloth is left in the seams, and in more places, than anything made in a fa...

Dec 9th 2019

Video: How to deal with stains on tailoring

Read MoreNov 16th 2020

This video, the latest in our series on how to care for your tailoring at home, looks at stains. Cutter Ben Clarke, from Richard James in London, suggested this as a topic a while ago, but I wasn't sure. I thought we'd want to talk to a dry cleaner o...

Video: How to deal with stains on tailoring

This video, the latest in our series on how to care for your tailoring at home, looks at stains. Cutter Ben Clarke, from Richard James in London, suggested this as a topic a while ago, but I wasn't sure. I thought we'd want to talk to a dry cleaner o...

Nov 16th 2020

Video: How a jacket should fit

Read MoreMar 9th 2020

This is the first in a series of three videos in which I look at how a jacket should fit. In this first one, we cover the basics around the jacket - front, back and side. It's a useful summary of the main points, and applies as much to a high-street...

Video: How a jacket should fit

This is the first in a series of three videos in which I look at how a jacket should fit. In this first one, we cover the basics around the jacket - front, back and side. It's a useful summary of the main points, and applies as much to a high-street...

Mar 9th 2020

Video chat: Going to a maker for the first time

Read MoreMay 25th 2020

I’m not sure we really answered the question in this chat.  The idea of each of these videos is to take a frequently asked reader question, and then tackle it from every angle. Here the question was: ‘I’m going to a tailor or shirtmaker for th...

Video chat: Going to a maker for the first time

I’m not sure we really answered the question in this chat.  The idea of each of these videos is to take a frequently asked reader question, and then tackle it from every angle. Here the question was: ‘I’m going to a tailor or shirtmaker for th...

May 25th 2020

Video chat: How to build a wardrobe from scratch

Read MoreJun 26th 2020

This is the third in our series of reader-question videos, with the subject this time being wardrobe building.  Specifically: “I am building up a wardrobe from scratch. What do I buy first, and how much should I spend?” It’s a popular question...

Video chat: How to build a wardrobe from scratch

This is the third in our series of reader-question videos, with the subject this time being wardrobe building.  Specifically: “I am building up a wardrobe from scratch. What do I buy first, and how much should I spend?” It’s a popular question...

Jun 26th 2020

Shoes in wet weather: How to deal with rain and salt damage

Read MoreMar 6th 2020

In the past week, perhaps as it has been particularly wet here, I’ve had three comments from readers on old posts about dealing with soaking-wet shoes.  Those old posts were never very comprehensive, so here is something fuller - dealing with all ...

Shoes in wet weather: How to deal with rain and salt damage

In the past week, perhaps as it has been particularly wet here, I’ve had three comments from readers on old posts about dealing with soaking-wet shoes.  Those old posts were never very comprehensive, so here is something fuller - dealing with all ...

Mar 6th 2020

Video: How long should a jacket be?

Read MoreMar 30th 2020

This is the second in a series of videos in which we're looking at how a jacket should fit. The first one, here, was a summary of the basics on fit. In this second one, we look at the length of a jacket. This is the kind of thing that can seem like a...

Video: How long should a jacket be?

This is the second in a series of videos in which we're looking at how a jacket should fit. The first one, here, was a summary of the basics on fit. In this second one, we look at the length of a jacket. This is the kind of thing that can seem like a...

Mar 30th 2020

Video question: How can I dress up without a suit?

Read MoreMay 6th 2020

One of the things I enjoy most about Permanent Style is the comments from readers.  It’s like each article is a new thread in a forum, with subject raised and then comments, experiences and questions all following, vastly enriching the article?...

Video question: How can I dress up without a suit?

One of the things I enjoy most about Permanent Style is the comments from readers.  It’s like each article is a new thread in a forum, with subject raised and then comments, experiences and questions all following, vastly enriching the article?...

May 6th 2020

Video: English and Neapolitan jackets compared

Read MoreNov 22nd 2019

This groundwork for this video was laid two weeks ago, when we examined the various aspects of the cut of a jacket. It might be worth watching that first, if you haven't already. It showed the most important points of cut and structure, from the size...

Video: English and Neapolitan jackets compared

This groundwork for this video was laid two weeks ago, when we examined the various aspects of the cut of a jacket. It might be worth watching that first, if you haven't already. It showed the most important points of cut and structure, from the size...

Nov 22nd 2019

Video: What 'spalla camicia' really means

Read MoreDec 30th 2019

As soft Neapolitan jackets have become popular in the past 10 years or so, the phrase 'spalla camicia' has been more and more frequently used. However if it means anything consistently, this Italian phrase for 'shirt sleeve' refers to a pretty narro...

Video: What 'spalla camicia' really means

As soft Neapolitan jackets have become popular in the past 10 years or so, the phrase 'spalla camicia' has been more and more frequently used. However if it means anything consistently, this Italian phrase for 'shirt sleeve' refers to a pretty narro...

Dec 30th 2019

Video: How to hem trousers, like a Savile Row tailor

Read MoreOct 21st 2020

Fixing the hem on trousers is a fairly easy - and satisfying - thing to do at home. It also enables you, should you want to, to alter the length of trousers (though it's much easier without cuffs). In this video I talk to Ben Clarke, cutter at Richar...

Video: How to hem trousers, like a Savile Row tailor

Fixing the hem on trousers is a fairly easy - and satisfying - thing to do at home. It also enables you, should you want to, to alter the length of trousers (though it's much easier without cuffs). In this video I talk to Ben Clarke, cutter at Richar...

Oct 21st 2020

Video: Comfort vs style in the fit of a suit

Read MoreApr 24th 2020

Here is the final video in our series on how a jacket should fit. The first looked at the basics of fit, while the second was on the length of a suit jacket. In this third one, we look at how much the fit of a suit is a matter of comfort. So arguing ...

Video: Comfort vs style in the fit of a suit

Here is the final video in our series on how a jacket should fit. The first looked at the basics of fit, while the second was on the length of a suit jacket. In this third one, we look at how much the fit of a suit is a matter of comfort. So arguing ...

Apr 24th 2020

Petru & Claymoor bespoke shoes: Review

Read MoreDec 2nd 2020

Almost a year ago, back in January, I began the process of making a pair of bespoke shoes with a new outfit in Romania, Petru & Claymoor.  Shoe fans might have seen some coverage of the brand over the intervening year. It was set up by Mircea Ci...

Petru & Claymoor bespoke shoes: Review

Almost a year ago, back in January, I began the process of making a pair of bespoke shoes with a new outfit in Romania, Petru & Claymoor.  Shoe fans might have seen some coverage of the brand over the intervening year. It was set up by Mircea Ci...

Dec 2nd 2020

Video: Audie Charles on swapping a shirt for a sweater

Read MoreFeb 17th 2020

It's dress-up time! In this second video with Audie Charles at the Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery, Audie dresses me in five pieces of knitwear from the shop, showing how she thinks they can add variety. In Audie's view, men too often go for a s...

Video: Audie Charles on swapping a shirt for a sweater

It's dress-up time! In this second video with Audie Charles at the Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery, Audie dresses me in five pieces of knitwear from the shop, showing how she thinks they can add variety. In Audie's view, men too often go for a s...

Feb 17th 2020

How to sew a button - like a Savile Row tailor

Read MoreAug 7th 2020

Dressing well is not just about buying clothes, but about looking after them well, and responsibly. Caring for things so that they last longer, and you need less.  In the past we’ve covered quite a few aspects about caring for clothes, including p...

How to sew a button - like a Savile Row tailor

Dressing well is not just about buying clothes, but about looking after them well, and responsibly. Caring for things so that they last longer, and you need less.  In the past we’ve covered quite a few aspects about caring for clothes, including p...

Aug 7th 2020

How to look after your shoes

Read MoreJan 12th 2018

This is the first in a series of videos that we will be doing over the coming months, looking at caring for good clothes. They will be instructional, but not too technical, and we plan to build them up slowly over the year - so for example, not t...

How to look after your shoes

This is the first in a series of videos that we will be doing over the coming months, looking at caring for good clothes. They will be instructional, but not too technical, and we plan to build them up slowly over the year - so for example, not t...

Jan 12th 2018

Video: How to buy a bespoke suit

Read MoreApr 3rd 2019

This talk with Tommaso Capozzoli of Sartoria Vestrucci is a useful beginner's guide for commissioning a suit.  Tommaso explains how he would work out what kind of suit a customer wants, how he would direct cloth choices, and how the measuring pro...

Video: How to buy a bespoke suit

This talk with Tommaso Capozzoli of Sartoria Vestrucci is a useful beginner's guide for commissioning a suit.  Tommaso explains how he would work out what kind of suit a customer wants, how he would direct cloth choices, and how the measuring pro...

Apr 3rd 2019

Video: A bespoke shirt fitting

Read MoreMar 6th 2019

Akshat of 100 Hands was a little nervous before this, but he needn't have been. He is one of the most thoughtful people out there on shirts, their fit and their make. Partly, this is because he's simply been through it all: building a shirt factory ...

Video: A bespoke shirt fitting

Akshat of 100 Hands was a little nervous before this, but he needn't have been. He is one of the most thoughtful people out there on shirts, their fit and their make. Partly, this is because he's simply been through it all: building a shirt factory ...

Mar 6th 2019

Saint Crispin's shoes - Review

Read MoreMay 26th 2016

If you like the style and structure of Saint Crispin's shoes, they offer some of the best value available anywhere.  Pictured here is my first pair, made a couple of months ago - a wingtip in brown, with an alligator adelaide section around the lac...

Saint Crispin's shoes - Review

If you like the style and structure of Saint Crispin's shoes, they offer some of the best value available anywhere.  Pictured here is my first pair, made a couple of months ago - a wingtip in brown, with an alligator adelaide section around the lac...

May 26th 2016

Video: How a bespoke suit can be repaired

Read MoreAug 9th 2019

How a suit lasts - and can be repaired over time - doesn't get much focus in bespoke. The craft, the history, the style: they're all talked about more, and understandably so. They're a good deal sexier. But it's a shame, because a benefit of the way ...

Video: How a bespoke suit can be repaired

How a suit lasts - and can be repaired over time - doesn't get much focus in bespoke. The craft, the history, the style: they're all talked about more, and understandably so. They're a good deal sexier. But it's a shame, because a benefit of the way ...

Aug 9th 2019

Video: How to pack a suitcase

Read MoreJul 26th 2019

For most people, the main problem with packing is fitting everything in. If you're carrying a suit, however, you're also faced with the trickier problem of avoiding creasing. I've long used a technique that involves wrapping jackets and trousers arou...

Video: How to pack a suitcase

For most people, the main problem with packing is fitting everything in. If you're carrying a suit, however, you're also faced with the trickier problem of avoiding creasing. I've long used a technique that involves wrapping jackets and trousers arou...

Jul 26th 2019