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...]

Cad & The Dandy, A Comprehensive Review

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There have been many questions lately from many sides, about my experiences with London tailors Cad & The Dandy. Many of you who follow my own blog will be aware that over the last year or so I've had three suits made by them, marking my rite of passage into the bespoke world. So, given that I picked up the latest of these three just last month, I thought that it might be time to set the record straight and offer you a comprehensive insight … [Read more...]