Monthly Archives : December 2014

Consumer Advocate: How long should shoes last?

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Reading Time: 9 minutesGiven my recent activism around the probably bicycle related wear on a pair of my tweed trousers, it may be a little early to go on another disappointed consumer rant. Or is it? Heck, we pay good money for our nice clothes and shoes, so isn’t it reasonable to find they live up to expectations, or even exceed them? Should we…

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The week before Xmas in photos

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Reading Time: 3 minutesI skipped my little journal last Friday due to the need to focus on other matters. I was gratified to be reminded by a number of people about this omission though, so this week it’s back in an extended and edited format. Of course, if you already follow my Instagram feed, it’ll be old news, but here you get all…

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Realm and Empire: Informed by uniforms

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Reading Time: 6 minutesIt’s a known fact that much of the menswear styling we see today is based on styles originally developed for military applications. It might initially seem quite odd that the military should have an influence on civilian menswear, until you consider that while a uniform is to a large extent about function, it also has an element of looks about it. The function part is easy enough…

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Introducing Indigo Village and their incredible scarves

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Reading Time: 4 minutesOne of the most rewarding things to come from taking up blogging has been the number of people I have come in contact with, people I’d otherwise never have become friends with, or even met at all. One of my early contacts was Jon, an Englishman living in Thailand. We’d have ongoing discussions about important matters such as rare and…

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A glimpse into the past

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Reading Time: 5 minutesWhilst on one of my recent prowls of the local thrift shops I came across a find that really set my interest in motion. In amongst the usual fayre of high street rubbish and outmoded suits there was a rather unassuming cotton shirt. Natural coloured, not even the usual bleached white. I almost went past it, but something called to…

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The weekly journal of photos and fabric education

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Reading Time: 2 minutesAnother week comes to an end, Xmas looming large in the horizon. Tomorrow I will post my Xmas guide to what you might like to buy yourself for Xmas. An excuse for me to go window-shopping around the world. Last weekend I posted a fairly brief summary of our UK tour this summer. It’s difficult to keep pieces like that…

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