Monthly Archives : October 2013

How to survive as a traditional local clothes shop

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Reading Time: 9 minutesTodays’ local newspaper carried the sob stories of a handful of local shops that have folded due to the unfair competition from online shops, with bitter complaints about how the local brick and mortar shops are used to view and fondle items before ordering online. The underlying tone is that this is really awfully unfair and that we consumers need…

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Style: A few tips for the Autumn/Winter season Part 1

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Reading Time: 8 minutesThis summer I wrote a couple of posts (here and here) with my ideas on summer attire for the middle-aged man. From the feedback I received, which to be honest was overwhelmingly from significant others using my opinions to take their ill-dressed men to task, it was clear that a concise and clear guide to what is and isn’t acceptable…

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A little media attention comes my way…

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Reading Time: 3 minutesYesterday was a slightly strange day. After a few weeks of waiting, my first interview as Well Dressed Dad was due for publication. Not having seen a preview of the feature it was with some trepidation I stopped by the kiosk at the train station before catching the train to work to buy a copy of Finansavisen, making sure the…

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Street art: A few snaps from Valencia

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Reading Time: 1 minuteI recently spent a few days in the city of Valencia in Spain, and given that my eyes are always on the lookout for cool things, I thought I’d share a few of my snaps. While I could show you the same tourist photos as most would drag out, showing all the magnificent showcase buildings along the fantastic green park…

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Outerwear: The Mackintosh Clisham, an evolution of the original raincoat

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Reading Time: 6 minutesMost people know that when you refer to a ballpoint pen as a “biro”, you’re really referring to a brand-name writing device manufactured by the Société Bic (which, although it sound more like a dyslectic cycling club is actually a major maker of ballpoint pens and relatd). There are quite a few products where the brand of the most famous…

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The denim guide part 1 – history

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Reading Time: 7 minutesIf there ever was a type of clothing that never goes out of fashion, it has to be denim. The styles and looks change over time, but the fact is that the popularity of denim, or blue jeans, has been near constant for the better part of 60 years. The basic sturdy blue cotton fabric has shown quite amazing persistence and…

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Would Sir prefer quality or a discount?

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Reading Time: 5 minutesNow, right at the start of this post I know it’s not in really going to fit in with my usual material. It’s not about clothes, or cool old things, or any of my usual passions, yet it’s on my mind and I’d like to share it with you, esteemed reader. Last night I was at a restaurant in Valencia…

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Brands: It’s all in the story…

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Reading Time: 11 minutesIn another post where I talk smack about stuff I really shouldn’t talk about, given that I’m a civil engineer not a marketing guru, I give you: What makes a brand? A name, a designer, a style, something ethereal and mystic, history, or something else entirely? To me, names come and go, designers are rarely given celebrity status, styles come…

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Outerwear: Nigel Cabourn Mallory jacket in Harris Tweed

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Reading Time: 6 minutesFor as long as I can remember I’ve wanted a proper tweed jacket. Not one of those thin looks-like-tweed jackets that you typically find in the shops, more a blazer than a jacket, and certainly not for wearing outdoors, but a rugged, thick and proper jacket. Every time I’d see something tweed-like, I’d feel it, and every time it was…

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Shopping: Are you being served?

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Reading Time: 7 minutesFor most of my life, entering a clothes shop, all on my lonesome, has been a pretty traumatic affair and something best avoided. I’m well aware that many guys have an aversion to clothes shops, for a variety of reasons, others proclaiming shopping as too tedious (yet they will happily spend all day shopping for fishing gear or model trains).…

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