M&S and Gandy: A Brief Story

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Missed opportunity. There are few sadder words in the English language. “Too late” is heartbreaking; “gone forever” is, frankly miserable. I was ruminating on these maudlin notes when viewing the much ballyhooed and heavily marketed underwear collection created by David Gandy for Marks & Spencer. The story of the product is that Gandy, a male model – reputed to be the world’s most successful – has, for a price, lent his name … [Read more...]

The RKOI

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"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me…Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different." Scott Fitzgerald’s words are never out of date. And there is no better example of this than the notorious Rich Kids of Instagram. The lives of the wealthy have always fascinated the commonfolk. The cult of celebrity, salacious gossip … [Read more...]

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...]