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Be Kind to your Tailors
18 Apr

Be Kind to your Tailors

As a measure of the darkness and frailty of the human spirit, it’s hard to beat fairy tales. One of the most famous, and most devastating, is “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The protagonist is a vain and doltish emperor who takes particular pride in his wardrobe. His tailors convince him that they have made him a suit of clothes invisible to anyone unworthy of their position. 

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The Hardest Person to Buy Presents For
20 Dec

The Hardest Person to Buy Presents For

I’m fortunate to have many people in my life that are easy to buy gifts for. Or at least, they make it seem that way. 

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The Easy-Fitting Balmacaan
17 Nov

The Easy-Fitting Balmacaan

Men have never had more options when it comes to outerwear. Browse any shop and you’ll find dozens of styles taking inspiration from military, workwear, and outdoor traditions. Materials range from heavy wools to bonded cottons to performance fabrics – all designed for different weather conditions.

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Ask the Rakish Man: It's How You Wear It
18 Oct

Ask the Rakish Man: It's How You Wear It

Hello everyone, and welcome to The Rakish Man. My name is Léon Philippe and I am here with all the right responses to your sartorial queries. I’ve poured my first glass of Grand Marnier, so let’s get started.

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What to Wear to: Summer Weddings
26 May

What to Wear to: Summer Weddings

“Summer wedding” has nearly become a redundant phrase - the most popular months for weddings are, in order, June, August, May, and July. So if you’re going to a wedding, there’s a very good chance it will be during the summer.

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Ask the Rakish Man: Rapier Wit
12 May

Ask the Rakish Man: Rapier Wit

Hello everyone, and welcome to The Rakish Man. My name is Léon Philippe and I am here with all the right responses to your sartorial queries. I’ve poured my first glass of Grand Marnier, so let’s get started.

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Piqued
05 May

Piqued

Good taste places fairly narrow bounds on the menu of options in tailored menswear (suits and ties and so on). A suit can have one, two, or three buttons (but it doesn’t matter much since you’ll probably only button one anyway). It can be grey or blue. These days, most men stick to one breast - a second one is likely to elicit comments. You might think that society offers you a choice of suits like Henry Ford used to offer a choice of cars (“you can have any color you want, as long as it’s black”).

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Ask the Rakish Man: A Belt with a Three-Piece Suit?
05 Apr

Ask the Rakish Man: A Belt with a Three-Piece Suit?

Hello everyone, and welcome to The Rakish Man. My name is Léon Philippe and I am here with all the right responses to your sartorial queries. I’ve poured my first glass of Grand Marnier, so let’s get started.

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