M&S and Gandy: A Brief Story

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Missed opportunity. There are few sadder words in the English language. “Too late” is heartbreaking; “gone forever” is, frankly miserable. I was ruminating on these maudlin notes when viewing the much ballyhooed and heavily marketed underwear collection created by David Gandy for Marks & Spencer. The story of the product is that Gandy, a male model – reputed to be the world’s most successful – has, for a price, lent his name … [Read more...]

The RKOI

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"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me…Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different." Scott Fitzgerald’s words are never out of date. And there is no better example of this than the notorious Rich Kids of Instagram. The lives of the wealthy have always fascinated the commonfolk. The cult of celebrity, salacious gossip … [Read more...]

Down with the Kids

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I recently walked past the new Abercrombie & Fitch "Kids" store on Savile Row. Did you get that? Abercrombie. Fitch. KIDS. On SAVILE ROW. It's like being told that there's a Ladbrokes in Belgrave Square. However, aside from how monumentally disappointing it is to me that this particular berth is now a reality, it did prompt me to think. Now that the pavement will be clogged with Bugaboos and the air ever more redolent of … [Read more...]

NiAlma Shirt Review

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For a good long time, I have always believed that I was never going to become a Bespoke Billy. I love my made to measure and bespoke items, but I also see plenty of value, and relative quality, in off-the-rack items. In most areas, off-the-rack items are increasing in appeal. For instance, Zara’s jacket block is probably the best on the high street and, worryingly, is actually more flattering and better finished than many of the online … [Read more...]

Pheobes & Dee Review

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I must admit, I’m not really into modern ties. I watch movies set in the current day and physically cringe at the fish-skin-shine concoctions that represent what tie and costume designers consider ‘taste’ and ‘fashion’ in the year 2014. Firstly, it’s satin-silk. Everywhere. Notorious for its reflective capabilities - doubling up as a vanity mirror – it cheapens any ensemble. Secondly, the patterns leave a lot to be desired. … [Read more...]