Internet Tailoring Series: Interview with Bobby Miloev of Dragon Inside

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Let's face it. Internet tailoring is like a lottery draw held in the middle of a soggy minefield during an electrical storm: if something can go wrong, it probably will. Taking your own measurements, sending them off to a faceless organisation on the other side of the world, draining your accounts and praying for the best never does sound like much fun. There are so many questions: how good could the fit be without any (basted) fittings? What … [Read more...]

Morning Dress Sunglasses

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“I am attending a wedding this summer. I am wearing very traditional morning dress, with a double-breasted waistcoat, pin-contrast collar shirt, silver tie and pocket watch. The only thing is, I am not wearing a top hat as I don’t own a decent silk one – and wouldn’t be seen dead in a felt one – which means, if the weather is fine, that I’ll be perpetually squinting. My question to you is, can I wear sunglasses with traditional … [Read more...]

Matthew A Perry Review

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I’ve just had a suit made by Matthew A Perry. No, not that Matthew Perry. This isn’t a random start-up from a former primetime jokester. Matthew A Perry is actually a designer, who has given his name to a group of Shanghai-based “hongbang” tailors, who craft made-to-measure suits for customers around the world. “Hongbang” was the name given to Shanghai garment makers specialising in Western-style suits during the 1920s and … [Read more...]

Brand Review: Maya Magal

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my years of acquiring attire and accessories it’s that my desire for personalisation has matured from being simply a fun distraction to a rather serious and utterly essential requirement. It’s not just about replacing cheap buttons; it’s about using raw material, a base product, to create something individual, and there is so much pleasure in taking something ordinary, and making something … [Read more...]

Cad & The Dandy’s Savile Row Opening

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There aren’t many small businesses who are bold enough to ignore superstition. After all, the thing about businesses is that they’re not really ‘businesses’ at all; they’re just collections of human beings, with the same flaws and foibles that all individuals are cursed with. James Sleater and Ian Meiers are certainly human (though I haven’t checked thoroughly) but their approach to their recent elevation to the Mother Church of … [Read more...]