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...]

Hrothgar Stibbon Briefcase Review

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I have long needed a new briefcase. My old, tanned leather case “Brian” (so named because of my incorrigible fetish for alliteration) had put in a good shift, but long shown signs of serious fatigue. A Frenchman by birth, he was no doubt shocked by the appalling English weather. His soft sides were tearing at the seams; his supple and all-too-delicate skin was deteriorating. To look at him had become distressing. Much like a woman … [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...]

Sharp & Dapper Shirt Stays

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They say that necessity is the mother of invention. However, in the modern age I find that the opposite is often true. There are so many products that create problems in order to sell solutions. Like the myriad bathroom cleaners that profess a singular, unique purpose – when a basic, multi-purpose bleach would often suffice. There are widgets, bobbits and all manner of tools that purport an essential need; ‘invent today and find the … [Read more...]

MTailor: Getting Tailor-Measured By Your iPhone

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‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ I like science a lot; I even subscribe to a Facebook page titled: ‘I f**king love science.’ But I’m not entirely sure how the technology I’m reviewing today works – I’m content to think of it as magic. Mtailor I received an email some weeks ago from Miles Penn of MTailor asking if I’d like to review a MTM shirt made by them. The online MTM shirtmaker … [Read more...]