GAP Losing The Battle With Inditex


It was fitting that the new Pull and Bear and Massimo Dutti stores, both part of the gigantic Zara-powered Inditex group, should have moved into the same relatively pretty, white-façade building on London’s Oxford Street that GAP used to occupy. Although GAP now occupy, and have done for some time, a rather glassy flagship a little way down the road, the polishing of this West London gem of a building – a rarity on mostly modern Oxford … [Read more...]

Turn Back Your (Cotton) Cuffs


OK, so this is how I came to the earth-shattering style insight alluded to in the title: •most of my ready-to-wear jackets have sleeves that are slightly too long; •most of those jackets are casual as my suit jackets are mostly bespoke; •because they are casual they tend to be of rougher material (cotton, linen); •they are also cheaper jackets for that reason; •so I’ve never paid to have the sleeves shortened (because … [Read more...]

But The British Are No Better…


At the beginning of June I wrote an across-the-pond view of North American wedding wear customs. I wrote of the ‘contradiction’ of the wedding couple’s attire, and how ‘inappropriate’ it was to wear evening clothing to morning and afternoon ceremonies. My thoughts appeared to resonate with some of the readers: one remarked that the clothing choice was partly to do with the ‘utilitarian’ theory; that a wedding requires a … [Read more...]