The Little Things in Life

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As I mentioned in my last post, when I travel I invariably have a list of items to purchase from said destination.  And so here were the things which I brought back to dear old Blighty and considered innately Italian. Something I picked up on during my visit to Rome last January was the fact that Italians are just as aware of the short comings of classic Blake stitched shoes during winter as Englishmen. To compensate they’ve developed … [Read more...]

A World Wide Wardrobe

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I’m not an easy traveller and don’t really do holidays except under duress - liberally applied by my girlfriend Westie. One thing that does motivate me to leave the country is the promise of filling certain gaps in the wardrobe. It’s funny how one associates certain items of apparel or modes of dress with one or other country. For example, I always associate England with suits and business shirts. Conversely, I always associate America … [Read more...]

A Turn around Italy: A Thought or Two

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I’ve just returned from another wonderful trip to Italy, sampling the delights of Florence, Sienna and the Tuscan countryside. They say travel broadens the mind, and I’m sure it does. It can also be ever so slightly depressing. If you occasionally cross the ether and visit BespokeMe you’ll know that my major preoccupation is locating London’s independent menswear labels and retailers. It is, I’m sorry to say, a less than easy task; … [Read more...]

A New Coat

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England’s sudden cold snap brought home to me the fact I need to invest in a new overcoat. On average I find a good quality overcoat will last me nearly 10 years. That being the case it’s not a bad idea to spend some time considering the options, I’ll have to live with my choice for some time. Several options have fired my imagination, but in this post I’m going to focus on that most English of overcoats, the Covert … [Read more...]

Going Green

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I’ve decided I’m going green. An unusual pronouncement for a former policy advisor on aviation, so perhaps I ought to qualify that statement. Of all the colours present in my wardrobe green is conspicuous by its absence. Why I’ve omitted this colour I’m not sure. I’ve spoken to many a shirt maker and clothing retailer, all concur that it is not a colour favoured by many men. On the whole when we think of adding colour to our wardrobe … [Read more...]