Harris Tweed Jackets

Harris Tweed Jackets

The fashion police is largely a figure of speech, but there is one instance in which it has a literal meaning, and that is the strange case of the hand-made cloth from Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. This is because the use of the name Harris Tweed is restricted, by a 1993 act of Parliament, to fabric woven on the rain-lashed isles of Harris, Lewis, North and South Uist, Benbecula and Barra.

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Recreating Cary Grant’s North By Northwest Suit

Recreating Cary Grant’s North By Northwest Suit

Part 1- Finding the cloth

The blue/grey plaid suit Cary Grant wears in Alfred Hitchcock’s film North by Northwest was recently named the most iconic suit in cinema (by Esquire) – narrowly beating Sean Connery’s grey plaid three piece from Goldfinger. Both of course have Savile Row origins and both, like the best suits, have aged well. Esquire pays tribute to the ‘timeless design’ of Grant’s suit describing it ‘as fresh today as it was in 1959’. (more…)

The iGent in the grey flannel suit

The iGent in the grey flannel suit

Warm, fuzzy, soft, comfortable, rumpled, cosy and timeless. It’s no wonder that flannel is now highly sought after by the new generation of ‘iGents’, those men with a passionate interest in relatively clothes who’ve developed their taste and knowledge using blogs and forums, rather than the glossy men’s fashion magazines. (more…)

Why the seriously stylish wear mohair

Why the seriously stylish wear mohair

If you’re prepared to take part in a style experiment please put on a navy blue jacket, and a pale blue shirt. Now put on a burgundy-coloured satin silk tie, and take a moment to consider the impression this makes. Next, remove the satin-silk tie and replace it with a burgundy-coloured woolen tie. Have a look at the image the outfit now projects. An even simpler test could involve switching between a silk pocket square, and similarly coloured linen one. (more…)

Smoking Jackets

Smoking Jackets

For many years the velvet smoking jacket was a garment that seemed to have been sunk by its unfortunate history. Weighed down by associations with the rococo excesses of Seventies tailoring – think Austin Powers wearing a baby-blue ruffle-fronted shirt underneath a boxy claret-coloured velvet jacket covered in frogging – and it was hard to plot  the smoking jacket’s route back into the affections of stylish guys. (more…)