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...]

Ede & Ravenscroft’s Spot-on Spring Separates

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It is eternally said that spring is by far the most difficult season to dress for; all at once damp, humid, warm, cold, breezy and showery. Not ideal conditions for maintaining a perfectly pressed and coiffured sartorial swagger round town. Likewise, the period of time where the spring weather is moderately bearable is often only a couple of intermittent months long - if that - so it must be said that many retailers and customers alike seldom … [Read more...]

Instichu Review

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A short while ago, I conducted an interview with Institchu UK, a subsidiary of Australian tailoring company, Institchu. To review the Institchu product, I decided on a Glen check (or Prince of Wales) three-piece – with no overcheck – in a light brown-grey colour that is remarkably flattering on the skin. The process Unlike many other internet tailors who ask that customers measure themselves, Institchu UK provide a measuring … [Read more...]