It strikes me that the best dressed men are highly disciplined fellows. Nothing happens by accident and the easier and more natural something appears the harder it is to achieve. Men like Cary Grant or Terry Thomas, for example, took years to develop their look. It was a conscious effort, studying the men they admired and then over years learning what worked and how to achieve it. Once they’d built their wardrobes, and they did build them; … [Read more...]

Sartorial Love/Hate: Window Check Suit


“Err Winnie” I heard being muttered nervously behind me as I quietly took my place at my desk for registration “why is there a maths book all over your suit?” It was a cool April morning. I was seventeen years of age and in the first year of sixth form. It was not de rigueur to wear ‘flashy’ suits – the faculty looked down on fashion statements – and most of the boys fell into line by wearing innocuous navy or charcoal grey. Being … [Read more...]

Stylish Television: Boardwalk Empire


Boardwalk Empire is an original television series that premiered this fall on HBO. The show follows Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) who is a powerful politician and gangster in control of Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition.  The show was created by Terence Winter, the Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos. The first episode was directed by Academy Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese. The shows producers have … [Read more...]

A Tale Of Two Shoulders


Mr. Williams wrote a little while ago about the Rope and Pagoda shoulders, two of the less common shoulders available on men's jackets. To go back to basics for a moment, I wanted to discuss the difference a soft versus hard shoulder makes on the overall look and feel of a jacket. Oscar Wilde always said that a man dressed from his shoulders in reference to braces and trousers, but I think its a good rule overall. What spurred me to write … [Read more...]

The Rise Of The Independent


I had some good news this week. It seems that independent London label Archer Adams has now gone live. When I first introduced Archer here in June he was just beginning to get his stock in. Now the Marylebone shop is open and the website firing on all cylinders. His unique, somewhat rock ‘n’ roll style of clothing is going to add a much needed breath of fresh air to a market getting a little stale under the weight of the ‘well curated’ … [Read more...]