Going Old School: Manhattan Portage Waxwear Bag

This is the last installment of my Commuter and Dad Bag Test. I have had the chance to examine and test numerous bags from a number of brands spanning a variety of styles. From nylon messenger bags built for urban transport to a classic leather mailbag ready to handle a lifetime of ageing. I have also gained an appreciation for the many companies out there looking for the next big thing in transporting your stuff. I’ve tried some very cool … [Read more...]

Menswear Moving to the Front – Part 2


As we discussed in last week’s column, the New York menswear market is in the midst of renaissance of sorts. But it's not just luxury brands that are focusing more on the men in their lives; mid market brands are making a statement in the Big Apple too. J.Crew, a favorite everyday brand of Off The Cuff, is setting up a men's only shop in the landmark Liquor Store building, at 235 West Broadway at White Street in Tribeca. The men's store, … [Read more...]

Menswear Moving to the Front – Part 1


Things are going full steam ahead on the menswear front, particularly when it comes to New York City, the capital of fashion retail. High end labels are making serious investments and seem quite bullish on the future of men's fashion. Locals style icons like Ralph Lauren are putting money on the table with major brick-and-mortar expansions - in his case, turning the landmark Rhinelander Mansion into a men's only store and building a new … [Read more...]

The Elusive In-Between

Some while back, my fellow columnist Simon Crompton and I traded thoughts on the in-between look; that particular style which falls somewhere in the midst of formal and casual. He commented that Americans probably do this a little better than the English. I retorted that I know more than my share of fellow Americans who can handily prove him wrong – or something to that effect. He probably has a point though; where the English still tilt in … [Read more...]

The Woven Leather Belt

Belts are a fact of life and most of us have a closet full of failed attempts at finding just the right combination of style and utility. For even the most sartorially proficient, finding just the right fit can sometimes mean forgoing the style we really wanted – a practical example of form following function. Even when those two goals are met, many men are, frankly, clueless when it comes to actually pairing a belt with the rest of their … [Read more...]