The Power Of Three

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I was recently asked by an inquisitive young man whether I followed the three colour rule. Remembering vaguely an argument I had pursued some time ago with an acquaintance about a similar issue, I calmly asked what three colour rule he was referring to. Surprised at my apparent lack of knowledge he chivvied me on; “You know, that you shouldn’t wear more than three colours at any one time. No?” I nodded and changed the subject. I did so … [Read more...]

On My Soapbox: Summer Footwear

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I’ve said it many times, but I am really not a fan of summer fashions. Sadly, most men seem to regard summer as an opportunity to forgo all sartorial standards by donning grotty shorts and assorted dirty collarless T-shirts. Two items of summer apparel I’d single out for pent-up ire and vented spleen are sandals and flip-flops (jandals/ thongs if you’re antipodean). Both items seem to have become acceptable street wear, and now that … [Read more...]

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Collection

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It may seem odd to some that one of the most noticeable symbols of the most high profile racquet sports tournament in the world is a polo pony. Ralph Lauren, celebrating its fifth year of kitting out the court at Wimbledon, would contend that the eponymous logo is not a representation of the sport it depicts but merely a recognisable icon of its own brand, a brand which has dominated the high American aesthetic for decades; a multi-billion dollar … [Read more...]

The Other Retro Luggage Brands

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“Oh what’s it called?” the man asks smiling, turning to his Vogue reading wife as they stand somewhat disconsolately awaiting their luggage on the carousel, seeing a bright red case with brown leather straps and corner caps – the veritable sore thumb of modern luggage – drift past. They were sure they’d seen the name somewhere; horses came into mind for some reason. “You know darling, everyone’s got one. Kate Moss, Sophie Dahl. … [Read more...]

Reader’s Question: Where To Hire Quality

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“I recently read an article of yours on mensflair.com regarding dress for Ascot, and thought you could help me with a little bit of a problem I have. I live in NYC, and am coming back over to London for a friend's wedding soon.  The dress I require is a morning suit.  The only choice I have found here in NY is one of exceptionally poor quality and since your article referenced renting a morning suit, I wondered if you have any … [Read more...]