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How to talk to a tailor
Style and Grooming

How to talk to a tailor

I get nervous talking to tailors. Not to stumble or stutter, but there will always be a point where I want to bring something up, and hesitate. Being in tailor’s is intimidating, whether on Savile Row or not. In fact most shops can be intimidating – you often feel ill-at-ease, […]

D’Avino in London
Style and Grooming

D’Avino in London

The exquisite shirtmaker D’Avino (that’s the brand name, the man being Fiorenzo Auricchio) is here in London for a rare visit in two weeks. D’Avino makes to the highest level you will see, with handwork absolutely everywhere – not just the practical places like the armhole and collar, but hand-rolled […]

The corduroy suit
Style and Grooming

The corduroy suit

I have a friend who wears what he calls ‘knockabout’ suits. How exactly he knocks about in them I don’t know, but the meaning is clear: these are casual suits, that don’t belong in a formal environment like an office. Most non-worsted suitings can exist in this category: woollens like […]

Five double-breasted styles compared
Style and Grooming

Five double-breasted styles compared

Last month we talked about how small changes in the proportions of a double-breasted jacket can have a radical effect on its style – and therefore on the people or situations it suits. This week I’ve used five of my own jackets to demonstrate these differences. It’s tremendously helpful that […]

The tailors I have known
Style and Grooming

The tailors I have known

This post was originally written in 2012, following a request from a reader. It was a breakdown of all the tailors I have tried, split into different countries. I have endeavoured to update it now, bringing the list and experiences up to date and combining two original posts into one. […]