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What makes a quality shirt?
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What makes a quality shirt?

Dear Simon, I believe that I’ve read every post you’ve written about shirts. Italian, Spanish, British, even the one on Charvet in How To Spend It. I’m always looking for the same thing but still haven’t found it. Maybe I missed one, maybe I didn’t. What makes a quality shirt? […]

Five tips on bespoke shoes
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Five tips on bespoke shoes

I do like it when readers suggest posts. You feel you’re fulfilling a need. Two weeks ago, on Five Tips on Bespoke Suits, a reader requested a similar post on bespoke shoes, so here it is. 1 Be conservative I know it’s the same as the first suits tip, but […]

How to buy a watch, part 3: Style
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How to buy a watch, part 3: Style

Following my recent posts on how to assess value in watches, and my own collection, here is my advice on style. Metals As a general rule of thumb, it is good to be consistent with metals on your jewellery. If you have a yellow-gold wedding band, best […]

How to buy a watch, part 2: My watches
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How to buy a watch, part 2: My watches

Following my first post in this series, on buying value in a watch, here are a few pictures of my own watches. A few readers have asked for details of what I wear myself, and these will be useful reference points for the last installment, on watches and style. […]

How to buy a watch, part 1: Value
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How to buy a watch, part 1: Value

A watch is your greatest investment piece. You may wear it every day of your life. It can enhance every outfit you ever wear (except black tie and beachwear, perhaps). It is worth saving up for more than anything. But that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. The key […]

How to stretch a sweater
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How to stretch a sweater

I’ve always loved little jobs that can adapt a piece of clothing or improve it. I’ve adjusted knitwear in the past to narrow it, as well as put darts in shirts, and it’s probably the reason I love polishing shoes so much. One task I perfected recently was […]

Cleverley sample sale on Wednesday
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Cleverley sample sale on Wednesday

Cleverley is having a last-minute sale on Wednesday, selling off bespoke shoes that weren’t picked up, were made in the wrong colour or for whatever other reason (other than quality) were never sold. There are 25 models available, in a good range of sizes. The models shown here […]

How to buy a suit
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How to buy a suit

A colleague recently asked me for advice on buying a suit – probably navy, certainly single-breasted, possibly three-button. It’s the kind of everyday question that I get asked a lot, and probably concerns far more people than ‘Which French tailor has the best finishing?’ So here’s a guide […]

A (Christmas) word from our sponsors
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A (Christmas) word from our sponsors

One of the nice things about having nice advertisers is the range of Christmas shopping ideas they present. Here are my favourites. Among the best additions to the collection at Drake’s are the untipped cashmeres in various shades of grey. The lightest, simply described as ‘grey’, is my […]

John Carnera with his 1987 shoes
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John Carnera with his 1987 shoes

Last week John Carnera at Cleverley’s had a pair of his shoes, dating back to 1987, in for a resole. John doesn’t work full time any more, but still helps out with a bit of the pattern cutting and repairs. See his work on my Cleverley shoes here. Photos: Luke […]