About Winston Chesterfield

Winston Chesterfield is an amateur composer, fashion blogger, trained lawyer and style aficionado. He lives in Westminster, London and blogs at www.levraiwinston.com.

Down with the Kids

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I recently walked past the new Abercrombie & Fitch "Kids" store on Savile Row. Did you get that? Abercrombie. Fitch. KIDS. On SAVILE ROW. It's like being told that there's a Ladbrokes in Belgrave Square. However, aside from how monumentally disappointing it is to me that this particular berth is now a reality, it did prompt me to think. Now that the pavement will be clogged with Bugaboos and the air ever more redolent of … [Read more...]

NiAlma Shirt Review

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For a good long time, I have always believed that I was never going to become a Bespoke Billy. I love my made to measure and bespoke items, but I also see plenty of value, and relative quality, in off-the-rack items. In most areas, off-the-rack items are increasing in appeal. For instance, Zara’s jacket block is probably the best on the high street and, worryingly, is actually more flattering and better finished than many of the online … [Read more...]

Mensflair Collection for Tailor4Less

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“A man in a suit!” she said “Give me a man in a suit – any day.” The girl who made this remark was twizzling the straw in her drink, in lip-biting admiration of a group of sartorially well-clad men. “What about blazers?” I asked, cheekily. “Huh?” she admonished, realizing that I was clad in what could only be described as a blazer. “Wait. Aren’t they like suits? I thought they were for old men…” The blazer … [Read more...]

Pheobes & Dee Review

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I must admit, I’m not really into modern ties. I watch movies set in the current day and physically cringe at the fish-skin-shine concoctions that represent what tie and costume designers consider ‘taste’ and ‘fashion’ in the year 2014. Firstly, it’s satin-silk. Everywhere. Notorious for its reflective capabilities - doubling up as a vanity mirror – it cheapens any ensemble. Secondly, the patterns leave a lot to be desired. … [Read more...]

Combatant Gentlemen Shirt & Tie Review

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They say that all good things must come to an end. And so, sadly, ends my patronage of TM Lewin, the Jermyn Street shirtmaker. Once a consistent and aggressive promoter of their poplin, I have been so disappointed with the quality of their product recently that I haven’t been inclined to even browse idly in their stores. “What can you expect for £20-30 a shirt?” the Pinkers, Turnbullers and Hilditchers chuckle in smug … [Read more...]