A Stylish Movie: To Catch A Thief

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To Catch a Thief (1955) is an Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Grant plays the roll of John Robie, a jewel thief nicknamed “The Cat” who has retired to the French Riviera. Following a series of jewel thefts in the area, Robie becomes the prime suspect and must prove his innocence by catching the thief. To Catch a Thief is full of great clothing. Even the cops wear double-breasted suits. The movie was nominated … [Read more...]

Lasting Luxury

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We all known how flooded the market is with supposed "luxury goods" and "quality bespoke such-and-such," but I've been thinking a lot lately about what sorts of things set apart the proverbial wheat from the chaff. To be honest, a lot of what I've been able to identify falls pretty simply into two categories: intensive craftsmanship and true creativity/individuality. The brands and products that combine a love of craft and quality with a unique … [Read more...]

The Season Ahead – A Jean Jacket

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We’re half way through August and I’m already planning things in September and October. It’s safe to say summer is done; and so it’s natural that at the moment I’m looking to the season ahead and planning what items of clothing will be added to inventory. There are two considerations in my own case. The first is that I spend less and less time in an office these days, and sadly as such a suit has become less and less a requirement. … [Read more...]

David Beckham Footballer, Model, Icon…Designer

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A marketable name is one of the great commodities of the modern world. Names are bought like property; propped up, squeezed of their use and then traded on. The market for perfume is a perfect example. Celebrities who wouldn’t know a bass note from a bass guitar team up with people who do to produce their ‘signature’ scent; the product is invariably awful, the margins are invariably huge. There is something so nauseatingly sweet and … [Read more...]

Khaki

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Khaki was never manufactured to stand out. It comes from an Indian word meaning "dust coloured"; fabrics in this shade were first produced as camouflage for the British Indian Army regiments by a British textile firm in the 1870s. The colour of light clay, the Brits found that khaki was extraordinarily useful and variations on the colour and the textile it was dyed on still exist in the forces today. Khaki drill played its part in the Boer War, … [Read more...]