Sharp & Dapper Shirt Stays

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They say that necessity is the mother of invention. However, in the modern age I find that the opposite is often true. There are so many products that create problems in order to sell solutions. Like the myriad bathroom cleaners that profess a singular, unique purpose – when a basic, multi-purpose bleach would often suffice. There are widgets, bobbits and all manner of tools that purport an essential need; ‘invent today and find the … [Read more...]

Why I Won’t Suit The New iPhone

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I’m a big fan of the iPhone. (And no, Apple haven’t sponsored this post.) It’s so pretty. So well formed. So smooth. So useful. So reassuringly solid. I am not, however, a fan of the iPhone 6. And the less said of its gargantuan, plus-sized sibling the better. The implied philosophy that ‘size matters’ is not incorrect. It does. Unfortunately, it counts in the wrong places as well as the right ones. For as thin as the … [Read more...]

Why Copying Can Be The Best Solution

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Tailoring isn't why I started writing about clothes. I’m well aware that there are countless bloggers, forumers, ‘online personalities’ and seasoned style leaders who are passionate about, even obsessed by, suits. As a result, there is a consistent and formidable stream of introductions, explanations, examinations and reviews. A torrent of information on all kinds of things; off the rack suits, alterations, buttons, made-to-measure, … [Read more...]

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 Scott Fitzgerald’s words are never out of date.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...]