Linkson Jack: The Benefits of Bespoke Ties

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I was fortunate enough to receive an eagerly awaited parcel a few days ago, my first two bespoke ties. Having a bespoke tie made is a completely new experience for me, and not something that I've been able to afford before, nor is it an experience I've really considered. I am pleased to report however, that having trialled the process for the first time, I am a complete and utter convert. The ties were cut by an up-and-coming menswear name … [Read more...]

Unfuddying the DB Jacket

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Of all the notions to make the young man-about-town shiver in fear, there’s nothing quite as soup-stained, floral-carpeted and suffocatingly musty as fuddy duddyness. A sleek young chap in his slim dark jeans and grey flannel blazer draws a hand through his smooth hair, fresh from a cocktail in some private Soho haunt that no one knows about (but pretends they’ve heard of) he glances sideways at the slow-moving traffic on Regent Street, … [Read more...]

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...]