Passaggio Cravatte


“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...]

M&S Autumn/Winter 2013 Menswear Collection Review


To say that Marks & Spencer’s 2013 autumn/winter clothing collections were keenly anticipated is a gross understatement. Not that it had anything to do with fashion, mind you. “Has there been a great deal of nervousness around these collections?” I asked an M&S menswear employee at the recent press preview launch at One Marylebone, on a deliciously sunny evening last week. He rolled his lip in a distinctly nonplussed fashion; … [Read more...]

Massimo Dutti NYC Limited Edition Collection


Mention Massimo Dutti to the man on the London street and you get blank looks: “Massi-who?” they say, their face contorted in confusion; “Oh, aren’t they like Zara?” their girlfriend says “I think I read somewhere it’s like Zara.” “Nah” the man responds “don’t know any place like that. Aren’t they Italian or something? I thought Zara was Spanish.” Unless you happen to be an intrepid metropolitan, the likelihood that … [Read more...]

Gant by Michael Bastian FW 2013


Gant isn’t a great brand for people who aren’t preppy. It’s also not a great brand for people who are preppy, but think they’re not. You know the type, the sort of people who moan about Starbucks position on tax - whilst they’re sitting in a Starbucks, drinking Starbucks coffee. Principled in words but not in actions. There’s a word for them. I’m pretty sure it begins with a big, furry, preppy H. They don’t like the Ivy League … [Read more...]

Introducing Hottin Daro Cashmere Sweatpants


Hottin Daro is a new online retailer started in 2012 which sells luxury cashmere lounge pants. I originally came across the brand through a third party luxury gift site which included ridiculously extravagant gifts that only those with enormous amounts of time and even more money could afford or even think of purchasing. However, Hottin Daro was offering an actually viable product that seemed interesting. Cashmere sweatpants are not inaccessible. … [Read more...]