Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:59AM - By Simon Crompton
A Donegal shawl-collar jacket from A Suitable Wardrobe
For me, the most impressive thing about a designer or an entrepreneur in the fashion business is that they make money by selling their tastes to others. I’m pretty sure of my taste, my sense of colour and of sartorial propriety, but I’m still a long way off having the confidence to risk my own money selling that taste to others. Such is the risk of business.
Will Boehlke in San Francisco recently took just such a risk with the launch of his online store.
Friday, October 29, 2010 6:26PM - By Meieli Detoni
Waterproof shoes! So many of us could use a pair of these, and don’t they look better than the standard rubber galosh version? Nonnative’s waterproof sneakers flaunt an interesting upper called “money-suede cowskin,” which is lined with Gore-Tex. The rest of these Japanese-made sneakers is done in traditional basketball styling, so you balance out the tricks with classic looks. For the buying link, click through to Selectism. [via selectism]
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:00AM - By Simon Crompton
Panta Clothing in New York does some great unlined wools
As the seasons change and the weather gets a little cooler, wool ties are a nice way to freshen up an outfit and reflect the thicker, more substantial clothes of autumn. There are, however, a few important points to bear in mind.
Friday, October 22, 2010 5:21PM - By Meieli Detoni
For the right daring guy, this Oak black aviator cap could be perfect. It has the shape and the findings of a traditional cap, but it’s fashioned in a texture-rich lambskin and lined with quality toscana shearling. If you anticipate that this could be something your better half might try stealing, there’s sizing recommendation for the ladies on Oak’s website as well. Nice unisex piece, wouldn’t you say? [$288 at oak]
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 8:15AM - By Simon Crompton
I recommend to you, the grey flannel trouser. For wear as an alternative to jeans, for wear with almost any kind of jacket you can think of, and for wear as a delightful foil to all types and shades of leather footwear.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:00AM - By Simon Crompton
The chambray blazer
A few of the smaller, independent clothing manufacturers deliberately produce clothes in very small batches. A good example in the UK is Albam, a producer of casual wear that has much in common with the tailors of this world in terms of its attention to fit and cloth above fashion.
Friday, October 8, 2010 6:29PM - By Meieli Detoni
Zara’s sweaters and blazers leave us wishing that our flat fireplace were functional. Zara’s best looks include pieces with statement buttons and double-breasted styles. Thick knits and wool coats are two of our top selections from the lookbook, but the heavier tops and slim bottoms make for an excellent silhouette with leather shoes and scarves. [via the fashionisto]
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 7:38AM - By Simon Crompton
Bogey stands at the corner, spotlit by the street lamp, rain thudding down onto his hat and streaming off the brim. He grasps the lapels of his raincoat, pulling them tight against his neck and hunching up his shoulders. As a gentleman and lady companion emerge from the building opposite, the camera zooms in on Bogey’s hangdog features. He utters a cynical and cryptic, yet characteristically humane, comment.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 7:40AM - By Simon Crompton
Edward Green's new Brummell model: A real quality shoe
Let’s do some maths on the value of shoes. The same equations apply to almost any piece of quality clothing, but I like shoes.