The Trouser Department I: Turn-Ups

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I've been meaning to run a series taking a closer look at trousers for some time and given that my last couple of columns have been quite political, I thought that it would be prudent to return to the business of dressing itself. I have a particular interest in trousers at the moment, not only because I'm finding it increasingly difficult to find trousers that I'm prepared to wear off-the-peg, (you can read about the ongoing trouser crisis on my … [Read more...]

Tailor4Less Review

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A short while ago, I conducted an interview with Andreu Fernandez, of the internet tailor Tailor4Less. Bearing in mind how important reviews are for readers, I decided to take the chance to get a midnight blue wool three-piece with a double-breasted waistcoat. The process The first step in the Tailor4Less online suit-builder is to choose the style of suit you want; 2 piece or 3 piece, style of lapel, number of buttons and pockets, vents, … [Read more...]

Sales Shopping Shortlist

“I’m soon to go sales shopping in London. However, I’m pretty new to things sartorial and I have no idea what I’m meant to look for, particularly which shops are best for bargains. You seem to know your way around the shops and streets – can you recommend anything to me? I don’t think my girlfriend will have the patience to rummage through every shop!” There’s no way around it; sales shopping is pretty vile. The stores are … [Read more...]

Some Closing Notes on the ‘Savile Row’ Brand

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Last month's piece arguing that true Savile Row tailors require stronger brand identities, and a more assertive, modern approach to driving their businesses forward if they are to survive, seems to have caused a bit of a stir, and for this reason I would like to use this week's column to make some further comments which aim to clarify my position. To simply say that Savile Row caters to a different, more discerning kind of customer is a grave … [Read more...]

No Sex Please, We’re British

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Ask a woman who they believe the most stylish men in the world to be and the answer is rarely different: “Italians!” they gush “Definitely Italians!” This can be rather a sore point for British men, particularly those who take care of themselves in grooming and attire, who battle against the enormously unhelpful weather in entirely impractical threads in order to cut a dash for old Blighty. “What about British men!?” their inner … [Read more...]