Sartorial Skiing

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Winter sports are without doubt the most glamorous thing about the colder months. When your nose is running, and your pasty, dry skin is occasionally coloured beet red by a cruel northerly wind, the lapping water, linen shirts, Ray Bans, and Negronis of a glamorous July seem as far away as those brightly twinkling winter stars. Christmas and the New Year yield some champagne-fuelled merriment and excuse for sartorial grandiloquence, but … [Read more...]

New Year’s Sartorial Resolutions

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“Have you got any ressies?” someone asked me recently. “Ressies?” I winced. “Yea, you know resolutions. New Year’s. I’ve got a few. Need to go to the gym I joined – last January!” Groan. I’m not much of a ‘ressie’ man. For me, things like going to the gym and eating healthily don’t really require the New Year ‘spell’; my formidable year-round vanity sees to that. I could make some weak self-promises … [Read more...]

Punching Up in Party Season

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Hold onto your hats; party season is here once again. Between the middle of December and the first birdsong of the New Year, the world turns into an alcoholic, tinsel-and-firework merry-go-round, wringing out the remainder of our leftover greed, wantonness and impropriety. I have only one Christmas party to go to but one acquaintance of mine has three work-related functions to attend; “One’s a divisional thing, the other’s a group … [Read more...]

Why I Won’t Suit The New iPhone

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I’m a big fan of the iPhone. (And no, Apple haven’t sponsored this post.) It’s so pretty. So well formed. So smooth. So useful. So reassuringly solid. I am not, however, a fan of the iPhone 6. And the less said of its gargantuan, plus-sized sibling the better. The implied philosophy that ‘size matters’ is not incorrect. It does. Unfortunately, it counts in the wrong places as well as the right ones. For as thin as the … [Read more...]

M&S and Gandy: A Brief Story

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Missed opportunity. There are few sadder words in the English language. “Too late” is heartbreaking; “gone forever” is, frankly miserable. I was ruminating on these maudlin notes when viewing the much ballyhooed and heavily marketed underwear collection created by David Gandy for Marks & Spencer. The story of the product is that Gandy, a male model – reputed to be the world’s most successful – has, for a price, lent his name … [Read more...]