Preparing for Summer

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I am rather excited at present, and full of good feeling for my favourite season is about to begin. Though others hold their own delights, to my mind, summer possesses the grandest months in the calendar. Though much of my memory of summers is relatively distant - the weather has been appalling in Blighty for the past two - I still hold hope for the coming season being one of brilliance and glory. It is not simply that it is warmer and brighter … [Read more...]

Go Pleated or Go Home

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Credit: thesuitsofjamesbond.com Although I have been called all sorts of derogatory names by the dandy underworld - ‘sloppy sartorialist’ was one of the kinder monikers - the rest of humankind thinks of me as some kind of faddish perfectionist. One of their favourite curiosities? My liking for pleated trousers. When it comes to suits, my feeling is that the cut and style of the trouser is at least as important as the jacket. I’m … [Read more...]

A Case for Seersucker

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I know that some of you are just starting to reach a tentative armistice with snow and ice, but in the Deep South, spring has done sprung. The dogwoods are in bloom. Everything is in bloom, really; every car from Dallas to Charleston has enough pollen stuck to it to keep the Claritin folks in business for the year. Temperatures are bottoming out in the 70s, and on Easter Sunday, color came back to men's wardrobes. After months of cold, dark, … [Read more...]

The Eyes Have It

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I recently had a frustrating conversation with someone about pocket squares. I know, I know. “Such a drama queen!” “Cue the SavileRowProblems hashtag!” It seems a fairly light-hearted topic to get heated over; a mere sartorial ornament, a decorative bit of material in a jacket pocket. The sort of thing two people should briefly disagree on, realise their folly and slap each other on the back in disbelief. However, it really … [Read more...]

The Roll Neck

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The roll neck jumper (or sweater to our American cousins) has become something of a forgotten item in the gentleman’s wardrobe. When I saw my good friend Barima wearing one recently, it reminded me how practical they are. The vogue in knitwear has concentrated so much on the V –neck and crew-neck varieties that the ‘turtle’ has been rather left behind. It cannot be that it is perceived to be fussier, for the V and crew-necks require a … [Read more...]