All Hail the Chelsea Boot


If nothing else, the end to summer was amusing. Traditionally, Britain can always be relied upon to produce the goods when it comes to disappointing weather. And so it was for the fashionistas who descended upon London for London’s September Fashion Week. Instead of leaden skies, a premature chill and weeping clouds, the inhabitants of Planet Fashion were treated to a rare occurrence; a September heatwave. Most of them were unable to don … [Read more...]

Volley Sneakers


Volley is an Australian sneaker company born “down under” in 1936 and specializes in canvas and leather sneakers for athletes and those who want to add classic casual footwear to their collection.  Volley’s heritage lies in the pursuit of athletics with tennis players both men and women alike wearing their sneakers faithfully during the Wimbledon championships of the 60’s and 70’s. For decades the low profile leather, canvas, and … [Read more...]

Only Brown


Founded in June 2011, by Kelvin Cheong, Only Brown is an online purveyor of men’s fine leather accessories.  Mr. Cheong distaste for the praise of black accessories led him to compile a collection of quality items from around the world in a myriad of shades of brown from dark to light and in between, and distribute them from his Singaporean headquarters. I am proponent of brown, yes, even in town.  The number of brown shoes, belts, … [Read more...]

The Sharpness of Bond


Next month sees the release of ‘Skyfall’, the 23rd installment of the James Bond series. It will also be the third film to star Daniel Craig as 007 which, in films completed, sets him above Timothy Dalton and below only Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore and Sean Connery. Not bad for a man people expected to flop worse than George Lazenby. I must admit, I was a Craig sceptic. I didn’t really see how a gruff, blue-eyed theatre actor with the … [Read more...]

The Designer Name


What’s in a name? If you asked Bond Street, plenty. If you asked Wall Street, they’d probably agree. The reason why is that Main Street, the commercial avenues of the commonfolk, places more importance on ‘names’ than almost anyone else. Attending ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ on a crowded Bond Street, the draw of ‘names’ was all around. People gushed passionately as they passed the glittering palaces of designer goods “Oooh, can … [Read more...]