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Nature Is
11 Aug

Nature Is

Something large is crashing through the brush in front of me just out of sight. I wait half-expecting it to emerge but, keeping the mystery, snapping, thudding, it never does.

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Five DIYs for the Man Who Really Shouldn't Be Buying Any More Clothes Right Now
04 Aug

Five DIYs for the Man Who Really Shouldn't Be Buying Any More Clothes Right Now

I’m in the middle of a closet embargo, only worsened by the pandemic. To that end, I’ve begun a series of little Do It Yourself projects to try to breath new life into old things. I invite readers to try this list for themselves, or make up their own.

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To Do Well That Which Should Not Be Done At All
28 Jul

To Do Well That Which Should Not Be Done At All

For a surprisingly large set of men, particularly Frenchmen, who care about beautiful shoes, an artificial patina is, with apologies to Mr. Bungle, the sweetest taboo.

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Costume Design Diary: Andre Benjamin in Dispatches From Elsewhere
21 Jul

Costume Design Diary: Andre Benjamin in Dispatches From Elsewhere

As a costume designer my job is to help create authentic characters alongside the director & actor. After reading the script for Dispatches From Elsewhere, I spent a long time imagining how Andre Benjamin would look as Fredwynn and finding the pieces that would help Andre bring Fredwynn to life. After all my pacing and planning, Andre wore these outfits effortlessly.

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A Lifetime
14 Jul

A Lifetime

One of the joys of custom clothing, they used to say, is that is supposed to last forever.  Any English teacher would immediately ask, who are “they”? The reassuring voice of others that lured us down this path, the sybarite chorus of lazy fashion journalists and bored copywriters, repeating every few articles or press releases the same tropes about a kind of clothing that had become both incredibly rare and, generally, deterrently expensive a few decades ago.

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An Englishman in...
07 Jul

An Englishman in...

How do you get over a hangover? You shower, and you put on a suit. And while, no – this is not a universal prescription, it is my very own tried-and-tested formula; advice I proudly relay to haggard, red-eyed pals in London.

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Stag Shag
30 Jun

Stag Shag

It never ceases to amuse me.  The portion of what we call classic men’s clothing that cannot claim a military origin (as do trenchcoats, khakis, raglan sleeves, cardigans, duffel coats, desert boots, wristwatches, and on and on and on) must pretend to a pedigree both butch and aristocratic: sport, generally involving horses.

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The Sincerest Form of Flattery
23 Jun

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

It takes a lot of work to make a map, and precious little to copy it. And since map makers, unlike novelists or painters, are all trying to tell the same story, it’s almost impossible to prove whether a competitor has stolen your work or achieved the same results on their own.

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