What Has Tom Ford Got That Savile Row Hasn’t?

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I took some time to have a wander around Harrods’ tailoring department a few days ago, and two things struck me. One, why are there so few British brands on show, when the room is filled with Italian tailors which all more or less offer the same style and aesthetic? And two, why does Tom Ford get so much hype and exposure when comparable Savile Row brands are nowhere to be seen? The first part of this answer is simple, it’s an inescapable … [Read more...]

The Categorisation of Suits

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The art of dressing for an occasion is something that makes for immensely enjoyable experimentation, and in my own personal opinion at least, it’s central to the structuring of an expressive and individualistic wardrobe. Anyone can buy a plain gabardine suit on a ‘one suit fits all’ basis, and use it for every conceivable formal occasion. Such strategies make for a dull option and a distinctly joyless wardrobe, so in this column, I thought … [Read more...]

Clad Like the Gandy

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It must be hard being David Gandy. Not only is the British male model the most in-demand in the men’s fashion industry, he’s also one of the most-gushed about guys in the glossy weekly mags, propelling him from beautiful anonymity to bona fide celebrity status. He’s seen at premieres, openings, soirees and on primetime chat shows; the kind of rarefied world your average clotheshorse never gets near. Brand Gandy is well and truly under … [Read more...]

The Sad Demise of Tie Rack

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Closing Down Sales can often be misleading marketing ploys. Canny shop-owners combine price reductions with supply-ceasing, which they sum up in the yard-sale informality: “Everything Must Go.” Gullible shoppers, mysteriously eager to respond to such commands, comply dutifully. The sale period ended, the shop owners return to their normal pricing structure and carry on as usual; no bailiffs, no bulldozers and no bankruptcy. “It’s all … [Read more...]

Gatsby Tailoring Revisited

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Last week I bought the DVD of the recently released Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the film that caused such a stir earlier this year. Regardless of what you may have thought of it, you'll have to agree that its aesthetics, and particularly the tailoring, made for thought-provoking viewing. In purchasing the DVD and re-watching the film, I've had an opportunity to figure out why; to my mind, it’s just not … [Read more...]