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Book Review: Dandysmes
18 Jun

Book Review: Dandysmes

There’s a danger in our latter-day dandy syncretism: the rolling of anyone who dresses in flashy or anachronistic jackets and sportcoats into a loaf of the indigestible and incoherent.  By its title, Dandysmes acknowledges various different types of dandies, and different conceptions of the dandy, all seen through the prism of Beau Brummell, the putative dandy zero.

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Book Review: Les Chroniques de L'Homme Élégant
13 Dec

Book Review: Les Chroniques de L'Homme Élégant

The struggle for sartorial revolution creates strange alliances. It’s rare to find another style writer with whom I would link arms and, in the words of an Internet sage, “face God and walk backwards into hell.“ Because of his erudition, wit and dogmatic insight, Le Chouan des villes, the (collective) pseudonym for the writers of the now-dormant blog of the same name, is one of them. Les chroniques de l’homme élégant, a collection of essays by Le chouan, is fascinating to read.

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Book Review: Bill Cunningham's Fashion Climbing
27 Nov

Book Review: Bill Cunningham's Fashion Climbing

The late fashion snapper Bill Cunningham left nothing if not good will with his passing. Long before his death, the originator of street style photography was already a wraith in a blue work coat, haunting a few preferred corners of Manhattan to touch, through his camera lens, the favored of his eyes, elevating them as if he really was some supernatural being to the pages of The New York Times

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Taking a Shot
02 Aug

Taking a Shot

Most writing about new technology sounds painfully outdated within a few years. It’s hard to evoke the thrill of a new device or technique which will soon be commonplace, harder still to capture its effects on the society which anxiously welcomes it.

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Intuition
05 Jun

Intuition

The best book about Savile Row in 30 years is not actually about Savile Row.

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Book Review: Richard Anderson's Making the Cut
02 May

Book Review: Richard Anderson's Making the Cut

The world does not need another clothing book, let alone one purporting to collect “icons,” as does this one. Fortunately, this book, the second by Savile Row tailor Richard Anderson, is as refreshing and original as his first, the entertainingly vivid memoir Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed

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Style on Film: Bob Le Flambeur
09 Apr

Style on Film: Bob Le Flambeur

A few days ago I had a realization: We may destroy that which we love most, but often our object is more than happy to return the favor. The charming and elegant crook Roger Duchesne plays in Jean-Pierre Melville’s Bob le flambeur is a stylish case in point. Bob is a well-dressed rogue who wends his way through the moral penumbra of a classic film noir – effortlessly but inexorably towards destructions of his own making.

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Style on Film: Why I Don't Like North by Northwest
12 Mar

Style on Film: Why I Don't Like North by Northwest

There are very few famous suits. There are famous silhouettes or styles, but specific individual suits rarely penetrate the collective consciousness. Cary Grant’s suit in North by Northwest (1959) is one of the few exceptions.

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