The Sartorial Season: Introduction to the Series – Ascot

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The traditional ‘London Season’, which ran from the month of April throughout the summer till August, is widely perceived to be a dead social calendar. For generations, wealthy families would decamp from their remote country piles and relocate to the capital for its duration. For the long, warm nights of the summer months it was an endless whirl of dinners, parties, races, games, balls and breakfasts. However, its raison d’etre was for a … [Read more...]

Ede & Ravenscroft’s Spot-on Spring Separates

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It is eternally said that spring is by far the most difficult season to dress for; all at once damp, humid, warm, cold, breezy and showery. Not ideal conditions for maintaining a perfectly pressed and coiffured sartorial swagger round town. Likewise, the period of time where the spring weather is moderately bearable is often only a couple of intermittent months long - if that - so it must be said that many retailers and customers alike seldom … [Read more...]

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...]

Instichu Review

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A short while ago, I conducted an interview with Institchu UK, a subsidiary of Australian tailoring company, Institchu. To review the Institchu product, I decided on a Glen check (or Prince of Wales) three-piece – with no overcheck – in a light brown-grey colour that is remarkably flattering on the skin. The process Unlike many other internet tailors who ask that customers measure themselves, Institchu UK provide a measuring … [Read more...]

The Benefits of a Linen-Cotton Blend

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I don't know about you, but I find spring and summer the trickiest seasons to dress for affordably. I can never quite stomach spending the same amount of cash that I do on autumnal and winter tailoring, because in our climate, most mid-weight garments can be worn a solid eight to nine months of the year. The prospect of spending upwards of four hundred pounds (and often closer to six) on a summer-weight suit that will sit in the wardrobe for nine … [Read more...]