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Charles Macintosh and the History of the Raincoat
03 Nov

Charles Macintosh and the History of the Raincoat

As necessity is the mother of invention, the nature of a country's inventions can tell you a lot about the pregnant necessities they have running around. For example, the cocktail received entrepreneurial attentions during Prohibition in the United States, when the bathtub gin available at the time was so distasteful that it required mixers to cloak its flavor. Or the adoption of the cummerbund among British military officers in India, which was an effort to combat the local heat and humidity. And so it was that Charles Macintosh invented the process of waterproofing fabric by rubberizing it in Glasgow, Scotland, whose Wikipedia page informs us that “Long dry spells of warm weather are generally very scarce.”

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Casentino Wool
31 Oct

Casentino Wool

Today many fabrics market themselves for their fineness or softness – which feel luxurious in the store, but often result in a garment that loses its shape or even falls apart after a season or two.

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Discerning Quality in Leather
29 Oct

Discerning Quality in Leather

Like a fine wines, cheeses, and John Waters movies, quality leather is something best appreciated years after its release . A well-made piece will break in, while a poorly made one will break down. The difference is largely the cut and treatment of the material. Lower-quality brands use mid-slices of a hide, then “correct” the surface with glossy chemical solutions to give it the impression of a healthy animal skin. 

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Three Costume Suggestions Out of Your Tailored Wardrobe
27 Oct

Three Costume Suggestions Out of Your Tailored Wardrobe

If you're like me, every Halloween you find yourself staring at your closet, wondering what notable character your wardrobe could impersonate convincingly. After all, if it is true that a well tailored suit does to women what lingerie does to a man, then on the night when it is acceptable for women to go out in public in lingerie, men should be allowed an opportunity to show themselves at their most aphrodiastic as well.

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Breaking Down the Suit Jacket Silhouette
24 Oct

Breaking Down the Suit Jacket Silhouette

Most people think of suits as being British, Italian, or American - the first being “structured,” the second “softly tailored,” and the third a "sack cut." But what a suit looks like can be much more complicated than that. There can be curves and lines throughout the jacket that give the wearer a certain look. Here are some of the main details that make up a suit's silhouette.

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Three Ways to Make Suede
22 Oct

Three Ways to Make Suede

“Suede” is one of those words used to describe a group of different things that most people think of as all the same. Like “Africa,” or “blogger.” Suede generally refers to any leather that has a “nap” to it – that is, loose fibers that give the material a soft, velvety feel, and a deep color. There are three different ways such a finish is achieved.

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Promise at Another Dawn
17 Oct

Promise at Another Dawn

I thought it fitting to devote my first post for No Man Walks Alone to Romain Gary, a man of the world who was many men, in more ways than one: fighter pilot, diplomat, glittering celebrity, immigrant, intellectual, and the only person to win France’s greatest literature prize twice, under two very different identities. He did so with dash and vigor, conviction and charm earned under fire.

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PEdALED
14 Oct

PEdALED

Technical sportswear is a relatively recent idea: purpose-built clothing intended to be worn exclusively for the particular demands of a specific activity. Not long ago people wore to play mostly the same things they wore to work, or even at home, sometimes because that’s all they had to wear in the first place, and sometimes because people had to consider social dress codes that meant comfort and performance took back seats to tradition and proprietary.

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