New Year Sartorial Resolutions


They don’t have the best reputation but, contrary to popular belief, New Year resolutions aren’t there to be broken. They are the thoughts of an organised mind, the intentions of our better selves. I recently set myself some sartorial resolutions that I mean to use as goals for the next 12 months. I hope to abide by at least two of them. Buy a decent trilby Oh it wasn’t fair. There was Rufus Sewell, with a pencil moustache, late … [Read more...]

Linkroll: Ski Jumping, Wholecut Shoes, Bresciani…


• Ski jumping fashion from 1961. ( • Saint Crispin’s seamless wholecut shoes. ( • Interview with Massimiliano Bresciani, luxury socks maker. ( • Haunting memories of a delicate wool. ( • Cold weather golf attire. ( • Christmas ensemble with T.M. Lewin. ( • Orley Holiday Collection 2012 knit ties. … [Read more...]

Linkroll: Rubinacci Suit, Bow Ties, Cleverley…


• Rubinacci suit reputation. ( • Who says bow ties are not practical. ( • Cleverley bespoke shoes. ( • Christys' hats. ( • Real people wear shiny black shoes. ( • 2001: A Space Odyssey and Hardy Amies. ( • An intro to overcoats. ( • Lock & Co. caps for … [Read more...]

There is No Greater Catalyst for Temptation Than a Price Reduction


Though many would seek absolution by claiming that “everyone” falls foul of the invitation to spend when the item in question has a perceived utility that increases in direct proportion to the level of discount, I am troubled by the fact that the afflicted, including myself, may be less numerous than I hoped. The big problem with sales is that they deceive us into believing we are better off buying more with less than less with more. As a … [Read more...]

Last Minute Stocking Fillers


Christmas is only a few days away but you have just enough time to order some last minute gifts if pounding the pavements has so far proved fruitless. So here are a few of my last minute suggestions. Socks Seriously, I’m one of those odd fellers who really doesn’t mind socks as a gift, provided they’re the right socks of course. Indeed, over the last year I’ve become something of a sock obsessive. But, the first thing to understand … [Read more...]