Sir Plus’s Stunning Surplus

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Sir Plus is what's known in colloquial terms as 'a clever one'. Even the name of the company is clever. Its clever because the spelling of said name alludes both to that which is classically British; the honour of knighthood - a concept which brings with it associations of integrity and reliability - and also that which is surplus to requirements. Using that which is surplus to requirements is Sir Plus's business and damn good they are at it too. … [Read more...]

Mensflair Collection for Tailor4Less

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“A man in a suit!” she said “Give me a man in a suit – any day.” The girl who made this remark was twizzling the straw in her drink, in lip-biting admiration of a group of sartorially well-clad men. “What about blazers?” I asked, cheekily. “Huh?” she admonished, realizing that I was clad in what could only be described as a blazer. “Wait. Aren’t they like suits? I thought they were for old men…” The blazer … [Read more...]

The London Sock Company: Seriously Smart Socks

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A couple of weeks ago, I found something waiting for me in my pigeonhole that I had been looking forward to for days, a package of socks from the luxury gentlemen's hosiers, the London Sock Company. The socks in question have intrigued me for some time. Not only is the London Sock Company offering a superior quality product at a distinctly affordable price, but its doing things in a rather distinctive manner. Ryan Palmer is a humble co-captain … [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...]