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The Airport Test
27 May

The Airport Test

As I prepared for my first real job interview, a friend gave some advice that proved prescient.  He told me that the more senior the interviewer, the less you need to worry.

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James Bond's Suit
17 Aug

James Bond's Suit

A new Bond films comes out, on average, every two a half years and each time I’m reminded that they’re basically un-[spoiler]-able. There really isn’t anything anyone can say about the plot that will make me more or less likely to see the film since the narrative arc has been pretty well fixed since 1962. 

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It's All About the Details
11 Oct

It's All About the Details

Fashion is always changing, or so they say. But it’s nice to know there are a few things you can still count on - J Crew sending you a new coupon code, the forums telling you, in minute detail, what’s is wrong with your fit pics and menswear types often reminding you that ‘it’s all about the details’.

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On the Use and Abuse of Tweed 4 Lyfe
03 Mar

On the Use and Abuse of Tweed 4 Lyfe

Last time, we talked a bit about where tweed comes from. Like a couple of old German guys were fond of saying, “incidentally, I despise everything which merely instructs me without increasing or immediately enlivening my activity”. So this post is about how to actually wear tweed.

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Privilege Your Check
16 Feb

Privilege Your Check

There probably isn’t a better metaphor for present-day London than 22-23 Sackville Street. It’s a old Georgian style building with a modern marble lobby. The directory lists a private bank and a hedge fund but beneath all that - literally - in the basement is a living testament to the most British of crafts: tweed. It’s hard to believe, given the genuinely shocking level of Mayfair rents, that up until last year, that is where W Bill had their warehouse. The stockpile of tweed is now gone, except for a few end bolts. 

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The Signature Accessory
03 Nov

The Signature Accessory

This post isn’t about politics. Sure, the characters happen to be politicians but that’s incidental to the story. Let's just call them performance artists.

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Meeting Your Heroes
22 Oct

Meeting Your Heroes

Whoever said never meet your heroes was an idiot. Because that’s exactly what I did and it was awesome.

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Investing in Clothes
25 Jun

Investing in Clothes

I suppose, technically, I have to tell you that this isn’t real investment advice.  But that should be obvious in a minute.

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