Sartorial Love/Hate: Spectator Loafers

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Spectators are to footwear what bow ties are to neckwear; eye-catching, theatrical, somewhat inappropriate for work and occasionally associated with clowns. That’s a bit harsh. Not to mention hypocritical – I’m big fans of both. However, neither are easy to pair in modern ensembles. Bow ties are jaunty and fun – but they need careful balancing, otherwise they can come off as comical. And it’s the same with spectator shoes. Wear … [Read more...]

When a Tailor Says No…

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I attended a wedding last month, and at the reception was introduced (amongst many delightful people) to a gentleman with whom I predictably began to talk tailoring. We were talking about what makes brands (particularly menswear brands) feel truly special and one of the many interesting points that was made by the other party, was that he likes to be dressed (and I gather have suits made) by some friends of his at Hackett, because the staff there … [Read more...]

An Interview with Christopher Modoo, Creative and Buying Manager at Chester Barrie Savile Row

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Let me introduce you to Mr. Christopher Modoo, Creative and Buying Manager at Chester Barrie, who's work in transforming the brand's tailoring (and casualwear collections) in recent years, has led to Chester Barrie's fast becoming one of the most desirable names in luxury British tailoring. Chris was kind enough to invite me to his Savile Row office, which adjoins the company's flagship store at No. 19, so that we could chat about his style, his … [Read more...]

Sartorial Love Hate: Collar Popped Turtle

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"Erm, why are those dudes wearing shirts?" "What dudes?" "Those dudes. The ones wearing the turtle necks. The ones wearing their turtle necks over their damn shirts and poking the collar out at the neck." Ah Pitti. You can always rely on it to start a new fad. There were the slightly peasant like floppy hats (which even ended up in Zara) the tie back-blading (which many found obnoxious to the point of attempted strangulation) and now we … [Read more...]

Sartorial Tinderness

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“Bow ties never fail to impress” writes a pouting blonde of 25; “I love the first picture!! So dapper!” a brunette of 30 gushes excitedly. And then a 23 year old redhead spoils the party: “What’s with the suits? You look so stiff! Good thing you’re cute!” Welcome to the world of Tinder, sartorialist. Dating is no longer a qualitative sport. It’s turned into an app-based quantitative exercise (strong emphasis on … [Read more...]