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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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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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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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How Silks are Printed
09 Oct

How Silks are Printed

While a solid navy long tie might be the most versatile piece of neckwear a man could own, wearing nothing but solids may eventually get boring. Even Cary Grant, famous for his solid ties, wore patterned ties sometimes. Our dalliance into designs creates an engineering problem for fabric firms, one that mankind has been trying to solve for thousands of years.

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A Local Soul
07 Oct

A Local Soul

Allan Gurganus is the best-selling author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the most stylish man that I know. His new book, Local Souls, has already earned celebratory reviews from the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorkeras well as dailies across the country.

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Three Free Ways to Look Better Immediately
04 Oct

Three Free Ways to Look Better Immediately

Looking around style blogs and forums, you may find yourself coveting tens of thousands of dollars worth of clothing. The most beautiful pieces do tend to be the most expensive. While you're saving for your next glorious conquests, here are three things that you can do in the next ten minutes that will make you look better at a cost of zero.

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Collections: Beau Brummell's Snuff Boxes
27 Sep

Collections: Beau Brummell's Snuff Boxes

Beau Brummell is remembered as the man who popularized the simple yet elegant wool garments from which our modern business dress is descended. His unadorned outfits of black boots, dark wool coats, and white shirts, made it all the more dramatic and exhilarating when out from a pocket he would present one of his many intricately decorated snuff boxes.

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