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...]

Passaggio Cravatte

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“Lift it up” the salesman said. “Feel it - how heavy it is.” Its funny how often weight is a sign of quality. Rather amusing too, how we remark upon the experience of it. “Ooh” we say, climbing into an expensive car “that door was heavy!” or “Did you feel the weight of those binoculars? They won’t be cheap!” “Go on, feel it.” The salesman insisted, placing the suit into my hands. I was in a small and very quiet … [Read more...]