Down with the Kids

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I recently walked past the new Abercrombie & Fitch "Kids" store on Savile Row. Did you get that? Abercrombie. Fitch. KIDS. On SAVILE ROW. It's like being told that there's a Ladbrokes in Belgrave Square. However, aside from how monumentally disappointing it is to me that this particular berth is now a reality, it did prompt me to think. Now that the pavement will be clogged with Bugaboos and the air ever more redolent of … [Read more...]

NiAlma Shirt Review

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For a good long time, I have always believed that I was never going to become a Bespoke Billy. I love my made to measure and bespoke items, but I also see plenty of value, and relative quality, in off-the-rack items. In most areas, off-the-rack items are increasing in appeal. For instance, Zara’s jacket block is probably the best on the high street and, worryingly, is actually more flattering and better finished than many of the online … [Read more...]

Sir Plus’s Stunning Surplus

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Sir Plus is what's known in colloquial terms as 'a clever one'. Even the name of the company is clever. Its clever because the spelling of said name alludes both to that which is classically British; the honour of knighthood - a concept which brings with it associations of integrity and reliability - and also that which is surplus to requirements. Using that which is surplus to requirements is Sir Plus's business and damn good they are at it too. … [Read more...]

Mensflair Collection for Tailor4Less

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“A man in a suit!” she said “Give me a man in a suit – any day.” The girl who made this remark was twizzling the straw in her drink, in lip-biting admiration of a group of sartorially well-clad men. “What about blazers?” I asked, cheekily. “Huh?” she admonished, realizing that I was clad in what could only be described as a blazer. “Wait. Aren’t they like suits? I thought they were for old men…” The blazer … [Read more...]

Summer Linen: The Stuff of Legend

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Linen, a cloth which truly does have its own unique allure. My own personal love affair with the stuff started long before I became interested in sartorial menswear; I remember distinctly that I used to don some bizarre linen chinos in my early teens during the summer in an attempt to look edgy, matched with ghastly lumberjack checked shirts of the sort that appeals to confused and rebellious adolescents. Today, with several years of … [Read more...]