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...]

Combatant Gentlemen Shirt & Tie Review

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They say that all good things must come to an end. And so, sadly, ends my patronage of TM Lewin, the Jermyn Street shirtmaker. Once a consistent and aggressive promoter of their poplin, I have been so disappointed with the quality of their product recently that I haven’t been inclined to even browse idly in their stores. “What can you expect for £20-30 a shirt?” the Pinkers, Turnbullers and Hilditchers chuckle in smug … [Read more...]

The Real Collection of Essential Shoes

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Esquire magazine recently came up with a list of 8 pairs of shoes that “every man should own.” Intrigued by the insistence of this article’s headline, I was nevertheless disappointed with some of the, rather obviously, ‘advertorial’ choices. The first selection was inevitable; black Oxfords (which Esquire felt the need to classify as ‘lace up’ – what else is an Oxford?) However, it’s hard to dispute the primacy of this … [Read more...]