Book Review: ‘Cary Grant: A Celebration Of Style’

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Almost nothing in life happens by chance. Most things have to be worked at, studied and learnt over time. There are experts on every conceivable subject out there, but none was born with their knowledge. It had to be learnt. While there are plenty of online repositories of wisdom and enlightenment there is something pleasurable about doing it the old fashioned way. ‘Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style’, by Richard Torregrossa When … [Read more...]

The Big Boys Go Online

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Last year I wrote of an exasperating experience with H&M that highlighted one of the major problems with retailers of that enormity and economy; sourcing. Quite simply, they don’t do it. If someone requires another size or another item not in stock, they are simply recommended to try another store or wander in each Monday when a delivery is taken. But what will be on the van? “We don’t know” they said “we never know.” It is a … [Read more...]

Going Against The Grain

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Many of the great dressers had curious quirks. For example, according to Francois Chaille, the bespoke ties of Aristotle Onassis were tailored from more than six feet of fabric – one and half times the regular length. This was so he could wrap them around his neck twice.  Perhaps the most famous sartorial quirk of all time was Gianni Agnelli’s habit of wearing his watch over the cuff of his shirt. What is less well known is that this … [Read more...]

The Influence Of American Presidential Style

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I wish the leader of the free world would take the opportunity to also be a leader in style. The past few U.S. Presidents have all adhered to the American political uniform: dark suit, white shirt and typically a light blue tie. There is nothing particularly wrong with that look, except that it is painfully boring. Esquire has previously named President Obama one of the best dressed men in the world. I honestly don't see it. U.S Presidents … [Read more...]

The Art Of Acting British

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On the 4th September Jermyn Street, London’s shoe-and-shirt mecca, was closed to traffic. However, this was no ordinary inconvenience. The entire street had been taken over for the celebration of a particular Art; the Art of Being British. Many of the street’s retailers had set up stalls exhibiting their trade, trumpeting British values of quality. The Ritz Hotel occupied a large part of the Western end with their British chef creating and … [Read more...]