How to buy vintage clothing: Three experts give their tips

Read MoreOct 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

Hang-Up Vintage (and repairs, and creations)

Read MoreApr 21st 2021

There are surprisingly few good vintage shops in London. Despite the popularity of vintage clothing in recent years, there haven’t been high-profile stores here like Wooden Sleepers in New York, Le Vif in Paris or Broadway & Sons in Gothenburg....

Hang-Up Vintage (and repairs, and creations)

There are surprisingly few good vintage shops in London. Despite the popularity of vintage clothing in recent years, there haven’t been high-profile stores here like Wooden Sleepers in New York, Le Vif in Paris or Broadway & Sons in Gothenburg....

Apr 21st 2021

Why I buy vintage (with Levi's 501s)

Read MoreMay 18th 2020

The word ‘thrift’ is not used that commonly in the UK as a verb, or an adjective.  People talk about thrift as a virtue, and indeed a spendthrift (which of course means the opposite). But it is rare to hear of thrift shops, or seeking bargains b...

Why I buy vintage (with Levi's 501s)

The word ‘thrift’ is not used that commonly in the UK as a verb, or an adjective.  People talk about thrift as a virtue, and indeed a spendthrift (which of course means the opposite). But it is rare to hear of thrift shops, or seeking bargains b...

May 18th 2020

The vintage industry: Interview with Wooden Sleepers

Read MoreOct 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

Le Vif: A vintage shop like a regular shop

Read MoreApr 11th 2022

Le Vif in Paris is one of the most curated vintage stores around.  What do I mean by that? Well, it has a particular view on the clothes it offers - in terms of quality, style and origin.  It sells Americana, normally American-made. There’s no Br...

Le Vif: A vintage shop like a regular shop

Le Vif in Paris is one of the most curated vintage stores around.  What do I mean by that? Well, it has a particular view on the clothes it offers - in terms of quality, style and origin.  It sells Americana, normally American-made. There’s no Br...

Apr 11th 2022

Buying vintage - with Oliver and Carl of Rubato

Read MoreNov 11th 2020

While in Stockholm last month, I spent a morning shopping with Oliver (Dannefalk, above) and Carl (Pers) of Rubato. I was particularly interested to hear their views on vintage shopping, as I knew that both of them used to work in vintage stores in S...

Buying vintage - with Oliver and Carl of Rubato

While in Stockholm last month, I spent a morning shopping with Oliver (Dannefalk, above) and Carl (Pers) of Rubato. I was particularly interested to hear their views on vintage shopping, as I knew that both of them used to work in vintage stores in S...

Nov 11th 2020

Combray: Vintage, high-end menswear

Read MoreOct 15th 2021

I find I’m particularly interested in vintage clothes at the moment.  That may be because of their inherent character, or the fact it seems more sustainable, or just that I’ve had a lot of clothes over the years, so often the things are more unu...

Combray: Vintage, high-end menswear

I find I’m particularly interested in vintage clothes at the moment.  That may be because of their inherent character, or the fact it seems more sustainable, or just that I’ve had a lot of clothes over the years, so often the things are more unu...

Oct 15th 2021

A vintage shopping story: M47 Parka

Read MoreOct 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

Why buy ‘modern’ vintage?

Read MoreFeb 25th 2022

Rag Parade in Sheffield sells quite a lot of ‘modern’ vintage clothing (let’s call it 1980 onwards, for the sake of argument) as well as more standard militaria and workwear from earlier decades.  I was interested to know what the appeal was.?...

Why buy ‘modern’ vintage?

Rag Parade in Sheffield sells quite a lot of ‘modern’ vintage clothing (let’s call it 1980 onwards, for the sake of argument) as well as more standard militaria and workwear from earlier decades.  I was interested to know what the appeal was.?...

Feb 25th 2022

Smart/casual and high/low: How to dress like Oliver Dannefalk

Read MoreApr 8th 2022

I was surprised when I realised we hadn't ever featured Oliver Dannefalk in our 'How to dress like' series, given I've admired his style for years, particularly since he launched Rubato with Carl Pers. I assume it's because what he wears has effec...

Smart/casual and high/low: How to dress like Oliver Dannefalk

I was surprised when I realised we hadn't ever featured Oliver Dannefalk in our 'How to dress like' series, given I've admired his style for years, particularly since he launched Rubato with Carl Pers. I assume it's because what he wears has effec...

Apr 8th 2022

Tailoring and milsurp: How to dress like Ethan Wong

Read MoreMay 21st 2021

    Like many men that feature in this ‘How to dress like’ series, I find the differences between how I and Ethan Wong dress just as interesting as the similarities. In fact more so. We have similar influences in classic menswe...

Tailoring and milsurp: How to dress like Ethan Wong

    Like many men that feature in this ‘How to dress like’ series, I find the differences between how I and Ethan Wong dress just as interesting as the similarities. In fact more so. We have similar influences in classic menswe...

May 21st 2021

Review: Stoffa ribbed polo (and vintage knitwear cuts)

Read MoreMar 17th 2021

Reviewing this jumper from Stoffa is a good opportunity to discuss the current trend of knitwear being cut shorter and wider, in something of a vintage style.  The way knitwear is usually designed to work, the ribbing at the bottom sits on top of th...

Review: Stoffa ribbed polo (and vintage knitwear cuts)

Reviewing this jumper from Stoffa is a good opportunity to discuss the current trend of knitwear being cut shorter and wider, in something of a vintage style.  The way knitwear is usually designed to work, the ribbing at the bottom sits on top of th...

Mar 17th 2021

RRL: Vintage outerwear and modern fit

Read MoreNov 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

The jungle jacket: Summer's M65

Read MoreAug 30th 2021

This might be our last piece on summer clothing this year, and I wanted to use it to talk about one of my most useful pieces of the last few months - this vintage ‘jungle jacket’.  I bought it two years ago, at the now sadly closed Vintage Showr...

The jungle jacket: Summer's M65

This might be our last piece on summer clothing this year, and I wanted to use it to talk about one of my most useful pieces of the last few months - this vintage ‘jungle jacket’.  I bought it two years ago, at the now sadly closed Vintage Showr...

Aug 30th 2021

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

Read MoreJun 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

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

Read MoreApr 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

Wax Walker back in stock - and the fit of vintage knitwear

Read MoreSep 20th 2021

During September and October will be restocking all of the outerwear collaborations we do with Private White VC, and releasing a new version of the Donegal raglan coat.  The Bridge Coat was restocked a couple of weeks ago, and just over half have so...

Wax Walker back in stock - and the fit of vintage knitwear

During September and October will be restocking all of the outerwear collaborations we do with Private White VC, and releasing a new version of the Donegal raglan coat.  The Bridge Coat was restocked a couple of weeks ago, and just over half have so...

Sep 20th 2021

Reader profile: Mattia

Read MoreJan 17th 2022

I met Mattia during our recent pop-up shop on Savile Row. A Permanent Style reader, he is also a fashion student, which gives him an interesting perspective on classic menswear.  I enjoyed talking to him, and his friends, about their studies and the...

Reader profile: Mattia

I met Mattia during our recent pop-up shop on Savile Row. A Permanent Style reader, he is also a fashion student, which gives him an interesting perspective on classic menswear.  I enjoyed talking to him, and his friends, about their studies and the...

Jan 17th 2022

Casual chic: The inspiration of vintage leisure and sportswear

Read MoreFeb 15th 2021

The origins of the ‘casual chic’ look we’ve discussed in recent months - which I see as a route forward for relaxed yet smart menswear - can perhaps be seen in the leisure and sportswear of the 1930s.  That era saw the growth of leisure pursui...

Casual chic: The inspiration of vintage leisure and sportswear

The origins of the ‘casual chic’ look we’ve discussed in recent months - which I see as a route forward for relaxed yet smart menswear - can perhaps be seen in the leisure and sportswear of the 1930s.  That era saw the growth of leisure pursui...

Feb 15th 2021

My vintage leather folio: How great things age

Read MoreSep 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...

My vintage leather folio: How great things age

   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...

Sep 23rd 2015

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

Vintage gold cuff

Read MoreMay 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

Fox Brothers vintage cloth - available in the pop-up

Read MoreMar 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

People to follow: Lesser-known Instagram accounts

Read MoreMar 7th 2022

The search function on Instagram can be a bit useless.  No matter how many great, quality brands I engage with, most of what IG pushes at me is men in suits so tight they can barely breathe, and people doing silly stunts. Far more useful, often, is ...

People to follow: Lesser-known Instagram accounts

The search function on Instagram can be a bit useless.  No matter how many great, quality brands I engage with, most of what IG pushes at me is men in suits so tight they can barely breathe, and people doing silly stunts. Far more useful, often, is ...

Mar 7th 2022

Shopping in person at Marrkt, York

Read MoreMar 11th 2022

I was in York last week. It’s where my wife grew up, and I’ve been dozens of times over the years, though not for the past three or four. The centre has a lot more closed shops since Covid; it’s quite sad. But I did notice one big new shop on P...

Shopping in person at Marrkt, York

I was in York last week. It’s where my wife grew up, and I’ve been dozens of times over the years, though not for the past three or four. The centre has a lot more closed shops since Covid; it’s quite sad. But I did notice one big new shop on P...

Mar 11th 2022