How to buy vintage clothing: Three experts give their tips

Oct 16th 2019

Vintage clothing has become more and more popular over the past decade.  Underneath obvious markers like the launch of brands RRL, or artificially aged sneakers, men have been gradually buying into vintage because it’s authentic, because it’s a ...

How to buy vintage clothing: Three experts give their tips

Vintage clothing has become more and more popular over the past decade.  Underneath obvious markers like the launch of brands RRL, or artificially aged sneakers, men have been gradually buying into vintage because it’s authentic, because it’s a ...

Oct 16th 2019

The vintage industry: Interview with Wooden Sleepers

Oct 18th 2019

Brian Davis runs the Brooklyn-based men’s vintage store Wooden Sleepers. As part of this week’s look at vintage clothing, I spoke to him about the industry side of vintage – how he got started in it, the misconceptions about it, and how he sees...

The vintage industry: Interview with Wooden Sleepers

Brian Davis runs the Brooklyn-based men’s vintage store Wooden Sleepers. As part of this week’s look at vintage clothing, I spoke to him about the industry side of vintage – how he got started in it, the misconceptions about it, and how he sees...

Oct 18th 2019

A vintage shopping story: M47 Parka

Oct 14th 2019

This week is vintage week. You didn't know that, but it is. We're starting today with an article on a vintage piece of mine; we continue on Wednesday with the advice of three experts on buying vintage; and we finish on Friday with an interview about ...

A vintage shopping story: M47 Parka

This week is vintage week. You didn't know that, but it is. We're starting today with an article on a vintage piece of mine; we continue on Wednesday with the advice of three experts on buying vintage; and we finish on Friday with an interview about ...

Oct 14th 2019

Ciardi jacket in vintage gun-club tweed, from Lafayette Saltiel

Jun 10th 2019

I was very excited when I received this jacket a month ago. Primarily because of the shoulder. Enzo Ciardi is fast becoming one of my favourite tailors. I like him, I like his roomy Neapolitan style, and everything he's made for me has been good: on ...

Ciardi jacket in vintage gun-club tweed, from Lafayette Saltiel

I was very excited when I received this jacket a month ago. Primarily because of the shoulder. Enzo Ciardi is fast becoming one of my favourite tailors. I like him, I like his roomy Neapolitan style, and everything he's made for me has been good: on ...

Jun 10th 2019

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

RRL: Vintage outerwear and modern fit

Nov 27th 2013

If I have an addiction outside of tailoring, it is not shoes or ties but outerwear. Leather jackets, suede blousons, trench coats: I love the ability of such big pieces to radically change a look and a silhouette. Leather, cotton and their derivative...

RRL: Vintage outerwear and modern fit

If I have an addiction outside of tailoring, it is not shoes or ties but outerwear. Leather jackets, suede blousons, trench coats: I love the ability of such big pieces to radically change a look and a silhouette. Leather, cotton and their derivative...

Nov 27th 2013

Vintage gold cuff

May 11th 2018

My view on jewellery has always been that it should be something special, certainly emotionally and probably financially too. Men wear so little of it, and it is such a statement to do so, that it should be precious. Not a cheap leather bracelet, i...

Vintage gold cuff

My view on jewellery has always been that it should be something special, certainly emotionally and probably financially too. Men wear so little of it, and it is such a statement to do so, that it should be precious. Not a cheap leather bracelet, i...

May 11th 2018

The vintage feel of Tie Your Tie (and Sevenfold, Kenji Kaga...)

Apr 13th 2017

Talking with Kenji Kaga of Sevenfold (and Tie Your Tie) recently threw up some interesting questions around what makes a tie appear vintage. Kenji is heavily influenced by 1940s-1950s styles, as is evident in his tailoring. But he freely admits...

The vintage feel of Tie Your Tie (and Sevenfold, Kenji Kaga...)

Talking with Kenji Kaga of Sevenfold (and Tie Your Tie) recently threw up some interesting questions around what makes a tie appear vintage. Kenji is heavily influenced by 1940s-1950s styles, as is evident in his tailoring. But he freely admits...

Apr 13th 2017

Jacket and jeans: vintage cashmere from Eduardo de Simone

Sep 26th 2018

One of the most useful things in this day and age is a jacket that can be worn equally well with jeans and with formal, tailored trousers.   I’ve talked about this in the past, but in summary I find that for a jacket to work with jeans it needs to...

Jacket and jeans: vintage cashmere from Eduardo de Simone

One of the most useful things in this day and age is a jacket that can be worn equally well with jeans and with formal, tailored trousers.   I’ve talked about this in the past, but in summary I find that for a jacket to work with jeans it needs to...

Sep 26th 2018

My vintage leather folio

Sep 23rd 2015

  I bought this vintage folio from Bentleys Antiques in London last year, and it has proved fantastically useful. We can all count ourselves lucky that laptops (well, MacBooks anyway) are only a touch bigger than European writing paper in the fir...

My vintage leather folio

  I bought this vintage folio from Bentleys Antiques in London last year, and it has proved fantastically useful. We can all count ourselves lucky that laptops (well, MacBooks anyway) are only a touch bigger than European writing paper in the fir...

Sep 23rd 2015

Fox Brothers vintage cloth - available in the pop-up

Mar 3rd 2017

I was keen to have a cloth company as one of the exhibitors in our Savile Row pop-up shop. There's nothing like picking cloth from full bolts, where you an drape it around yourself or simply see how a check looks at scale.  Fox Brothers were perfec...

Fox Brothers vintage cloth - available in the pop-up

I was keen to have a cloth company as one of the exhibitors in our Savile Row pop-up shop. There's nothing like picking cloth from full bolts, where you an drape it around yourself or simply see how a check looks at scale.  Fox Brothers were perfec...

Mar 3rd 2017

Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide - 2019 Update

Jun 17th 2019

Having recently returned from my third visit to Tokyo, I felt it would be good to add the new stores I went to and can recommend to this list.  It's a great city for shopping, particularly in the little quiet streets behind Harajuku and Omot...

Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide - 2019 Update

Having recently returned from my third visit to Tokyo, I felt it would be good to add the new stores I went to and can recommend to this list.  It's a great city for shopping, particularly in the little quiet streets behind Harajuku and Omot...

Jun 17th 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

Cromford Leather: Update, workshop, and vintage jackets

Nov 7th 2017

Since I first wrote about Cromford Leather nine months ago, I’ve been using them consistently for leather alterations. I thought, therefore, it was worth a catch-up piece. This is also a nice opportunity to include some shots of their workshop...

Cromford Leather: Update, workshop, and vintage jackets

Since I first wrote about Cromford Leather nine months ago, I’ve been using them consistently for leather alterations. I thought, therefore, it was worth a catch-up piece. This is also a nice opportunity to include some shots of their workshop...

Nov 7th 2017

The beauty of a vintage alligator cigar case

Jul 22nd 2015

  I'm a big fan of vintage leather goods. There's nothing like a real, century-old patina on alligator or bridle leather; plus silver or brass hardware that you can let tarnish or keep polished and shiny. Over the years I have bought a Louis Vuitt...

The beauty of a vintage alligator cigar case

  I'm a big fan of vintage leather goods. There's nothing like a real, century-old patina on alligator or bridle leather; plus silver or brass hardware that you can let tarnish or keep polished and shiny. Over the years I have bought a Louis Vuitt...

Jul 22nd 2015

Vintage silk weaving at Penrose

Jan 5th 2011

The decorative instinct of Mitchell Jacobs, one half of the team behind accessories brand Penrose, is something I’ve written about briefly before. But I had a chance recently to delve further into the craft behind the weaving and finishing of Mitch...

Vintage silk weaving at Penrose

The decorative instinct of Mitchell Jacobs, one half of the team behind accessories brand Penrose, is something I’ve written about briefly before. But I had a chance recently to delve further into the craft behind the weaving and finishing of Mitch...

Jan 5th 2011

Menswear: Vintage postcards from Tom Phillips

Sep 18th 2012

A beautiful Norfolk jacketWhen Tom Phillips, the author of Menswear: Vintage People on Photo Postcards, first put together this collection, he expected to see conformity across menswear in the roughly 40 pre-WW2 years it covered. What he got was a co...

Menswear: Vintage postcards from Tom Phillips

A beautiful Norfolk jacketWhen Tom Phillips, the author of Menswear: Vintage People on Photo Postcards, first put together this collection, he expected to see conformity across menswear in the roughly 40 pre-WW2 years it covered. What he got was a co...

Sep 18th 2012

General Eyewear: bespoke and ready-made glasses, Camden

Mar 7th 2017

Note: General Eyewear now has a store in Soho as well as the Camden HQ - details here. General Eyewear has historically been a source of vintage inspiration for glasses, supplying designer brands and costume designers. But as it has starting selling ...

General Eyewear: bespoke and ready-made glasses, Camden

Note: General Eyewear now has a store in Soho as well as the Camden HQ - details here. General Eyewear has historically been a source of vintage inspiration for glasses, supplying designer brands and costume designers. But as it has starting selling ...

Mar 7th 2017

Pale summer colours (in vintage linen)

Jul 17th 2017

This is perhaps best seen as an exercise in combining summery, pale colours. The challenge is being light and pale overall, while retaining enough contrast between shirt, jacket and trousers, both in colour and texture.  The starting point is the...

Pale summer colours (in vintage linen)

This is perhaps best seen as an exercise in combining summery, pale colours. The challenge is being light and pale overall, while retaining enough contrast between shirt, jacket and trousers, both in colour and texture.  The starting point is the...

Jul 17th 2017

Paris: Lafayette Saltiel, Kenjiro Suzuki, Ateliers Baudin

Sep 19th 2018

Last week I was in Paris for two days, catching up with old friends and artisans, and seeing a few new ones. One of the most interesting things was an interview with Lyne Cohen Solal, the new head of the Institut National Metiers d’Art - the organ...

Paris: Lafayette Saltiel, Kenjiro Suzuki, Ateliers Baudin

Last week I was in Paris for two days, catching up with old friends and artisans, and seeing a few new ones. One of the most interesting things was an interview with Lyne Cohen Solal, the new head of the Institut National Metiers d’Art - the organ...

Sep 19th 2018

My glasses: A journey in eyewear

Aug 2nd 2019

I’ve been short-sighted since I was young, and as a result have always worn glasses. Even when I switched to contact lenses as a teenager, I continued to have glasses as an alternative, both for style and health.  Once you start to become interest...

My glasses: A journey in eyewear

I’ve been short-sighted since I was young, and as a result have always worn glasses. Even when I switched to contact lenses as a teenager, I continued to have glasses as an alternative, both for style and health.  Once you start to become interest...

Aug 2nd 2019

Coherence: Vintage-inspired Japanese outerwear

Mar 31st 2017

When I first heard about and tried Coherence outerwear last year, I wasn't sure it would be for me.  I have a prejudice in favour of outerwear that flatters the figure and creates a straight-cut silhouette. So long in the body, slim at the waist a...

Coherence: Vintage-inspired Japanese outerwear

When I first heard about and tried Coherence outerwear last year, I wasn't sure it would be for me.  I have a prejudice in favour of outerwear that flatters the figure and creates a straight-cut silhouette. So long in the body, slim at the waist a...

Mar 31st 2017

Bryceland’s: Sawtooth shirt review and range overview

Mar 13th 2019

One of the most enjoyable things about having Ethan in the pop-up shop last month was the opportunity to try on the full Bryceland’s range. Ethan was pretty popular with readers during the day, but there would normally be half an hour before we o...

Bryceland’s: Sawtooth shirt review and range overview

One of the most enjoyable things about having Ethan in the pop-up shop last month was the opportunity to try on the full Bryceland’s range. Ethan was pretty popular with readers during the day, but there would normally be half an hour before we o...

Mar 13th 2019

Fur clothing: Ethics and sustainability

May 24th 2019

We recently published an article looking in depth at the sustainability of luxury, bespoke menswear, which seemed to go down well. So here is the second part of that interview, with American writer Alden Wicker. In it we specifically focus on fur, wh...

Fur clothing: Ethics and sustainability

We recently published an article looking in depth at the sustainability of luxury, bespoke menswear, which seemed to go down well. So here is the second part of that interview, with American writer Alden Wicker. In it we specifically focus on fur, wh...

May 24th 2019

Pinnas & Needles alterations

Jan 6th 2020

Over the past six months I’ve used the Soho workshop Pinnas & Needles for several alterations - from the simple to the complex - and feel I can now fully recommend them.  Being able to satisfyingly alter clothing, so it sorts out a problem or ...

Pinnas & Needles alterations

Over the past six months I’ve used the Soho workshop Pinnas & Needles for several alterations - from the simple to the complex - and feel I can now fully recommend them.  Being able to satisfyingly alter clothing, so it sorts out a problem or ...

Jan 6th 2020