Monthly Archives : August 2013

Waistcoat Wednesday: Nigel Cabourn, not knitted by your Granny

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Welcome back to the 20th edition of Waistcoat Wednesday! Whilst today is another unseasonally warm day here in sunny Norway, today’s waistcoat selection is really a number I’ve been saving for when it gets a little chillier. A woolly little number, and what I consider to be a vest. A knitted vest. Not usually an article that would would be…

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“Made in Britain”, all it’s made out to be?

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While in London recently I met up with the owner of a British garment brand of some note. A great chap, with a long career in the industry and today doing his own thing, after many years of working for some of the leading figures in British men’s fashion. He’s an outspoken chap, with strong and wide-ranging opinions, and hence…

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Waistcoat Wednesday: Universal works, lovely, light and flawed

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Roll up, roll up! Welcome back to another Waistcoat Wednesday, in fact the nineteenth in the series. Hard to believe it’s been this many, and even harder to believe the wall of waistcoats here at Well Dressed Mansion consists of this many. Maybe me son has a point when he says I’m a hoarder. Then again, it could be the…

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News: SEH Kelly release Tour jacket Mk3, viva le evolution!

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I make no secret of being a fan of the understated elegance and innovation of tiny London menswear innovator SEH Kelly. In fact, one of my most read posts concerns the pilgrimage I made to their tiny workshop during the Spring of 2013. At the time I was the proud owner of a Mk2 Tour jacket, resplendent in mohair and…

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Waistcoat Wednesday: Wings + Horns, it’s a jersey thing

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In a slight departure from the norm, today’s waistcoat is more what I’d call a vest than a waistcoat, though the terms tend to be interchanged quite freely. For me, a vest is an undershirt and a waistcoat the pinnacle of armless attire, so going out of my comfort zone and actually describing an armless piece of clothing as a…

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Denim trends going daddy style?

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The New York Times recently published a piece about how “Daddy-style” jeans are supposedly making a comeback. If you’re not sure what this style looks like, we’re talking stonewashed, high-waisted, baggy jeans, some say 90’s retro, though I seem to recall they made an appearance in the 80’s as well. Hell, let’s call it like it is, they’re around all…

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Robert Owen, the undershirt solution

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Sometimes in life you’re not aware that you have a problem until one day someone offers you a solution. This is one of those times. Out of the blue I received an email from Robert Kay, owner of new menswear brand Robert Owen. He wrote to let me know about his new venture, undershirts for gentlemen. Now, much as I’m…

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Shop visit: Rivet & Hide, rare denim for purists

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Being of the age I am, denim has always been a part of my life, in some form or another. From the stonewashed jeans of the 80’s to the increasingly boringly styled and baggier jeans of middle-age, I’ve never been without a pair or two, even though other types of trousers have come and gone. And while I wouldn’t characterize…

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Shop visit: Nudie jeans repair centre, what a great idea!

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Whilst wandering down Berwick Street in Soho, London recently, looking for the new Universal Works shop, I happened across the newly opened Nudie Repair Centre. The Swedish Nudie jeans have been around for a few years now and have gained a quite wide following, growing from a brand catering to the cult of raw, selvedge denim to a wider audience…

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Shop visit: Karen Henriksen, caps for chaps

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I’ll start this piece with an admission, and I’m quite certain it is one I share with very many men: Hats have never been my thing, ever, apart from the obvious times when one has been necessary, and then only in the form of warm, wind-proof head-wear for cycling in the cold, or a hard hat, for keeping my noggin…

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