Style Icon: Michael Caine

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Generally, I'm not a big one for individual style icons; I tend to prefer examining the features of specific historical periods or trends when it comes to dressing. Michael Caine however, is an exception. I grew up watching classic retro films with my father, and upon discovering Michael Caine's films of the 60s and 70s fell in love with his debonair gravitas - and the impact of his suits. His dress sense taught me two things. Firstly, … [Read more...]

The London Sock Company: Seriously Smart Socks

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A couple of weeks ago, I found something waiting for me in my pigeonhole that I had been looking forward to for days, a package of socks from the luxury gentlemen's hosiers, the London Sock Company. The socks in question have intrigued me for some time. Not only is the London Sock Company offering a superior quality product at a distinctly affordable price, but its doing things in a rather distinctive manner. Ryan Palmer is a humble co-captain … [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...]

Summer Dinner Suiting

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Summer dinner suiting poses an interesting wealth of possibilities and given that I will be partaking in my final formal dinner as an Oxford undergraduate next week, I've been thoroughly enjoying exploring some potential ways to spice up my dinner suit for the occasion. With this in mind, this late 30s fashion plate is rather intriguing. Depicted, as you can see, are a pair of extremely dapper and technically correct yet nonetheless distinctive … [Read more...]

Investing Wisely II: Summer Staples

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I often think that summer tailoring gets a poor deal, simply because our summers go in one of two ways. Either, they're so uncomfortably hot that for many men, dressing in tailoring is not an enticing prospect, or alternatively the sun is conspicuous by its absence for so much of the season that the linen and summer weight wool sits wasting away in the wardrobe and seldom sees the light of day. The other problem of course is that for most … [Read more...]