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Start Being a Loafer

April 30, 2021
by Andr茅 Larnyoh.聽 At this time of year, I'm a firm advocate of shoes that don鈥檛 require laces.聽聽Psychologically, it represents a shift in mindset. The cold rainy days are over, and so the boots ca...
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The Old Desi

April 27, 2021
by聽R茅ginald-J茅r么me de Mans.聽 聽A friend (why not? To paraphrase Rjmbaud, R茅ginald-J茅r么me de Mans聽est un autre) writes: 鈥淟ive to be a hundred, I鈥檒l never forget it. In a cheesy import superstore, the...
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Pieces of Self

April 20, 2021
by聽R茅ginald-J茅r么me de Mans.聽聽On a tip from the Instagram stories of my friend Paul Fournier, I picked up聽Nishiguchi Essentials 100, a bilingual compendium of the 100 articles of clothing and access...
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Imported Goods

April 13, 2021
by Alexander Freeling.聽聽There鈥檚 trouble afoot in British cheesemaking. Simon Spurrell, a purveyor of small-batch Cheshire and Stilton cheeses, has been voicing his frustration that any order from a...
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My Ralph Outlet

April 06, 2021
by聽R茅ginald-J茅r么me de Mans.聽聽A recent聽conversation聽with Ivy revisionist Berkeley Breathes聽led to me a revelation. The relationship between Prep and Ivy, I聽epiphanized, is that of birds and dinosaurs.聽
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On Being Colorful

March 30, 2021
by Alexander Freeling.聽聽Only some colors are colorful. To be聽full聽of color implies intensity and saturation. This is why colorful also means to be bright, lively, and expressive. It can also be eup...
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Take My Ivy, Please

March 23, 2021
by聽R茅ginald-J茅r么me de Mans.聽聽A few years before my excellent state graduate school destroyed the promise of accessible public education and raised tuition to the same levels as the privates, my hou...
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They're Good Socks

March 16, 2021
by David Isle.聽聽One fun thing to do is leer at the exorbitant prices ludicrously rich people pay for ugly or trivial things. This tradition goes at least as far back as George IV, whose clothes was...
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