Monthly Archives : December 2015

Review: Wrangler Colton, denim for an active life

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Reading Time: 9 minutesI was recently contacted by a representative of Wrangler, one of the traditionally huge names in denim, asking my opinion on their new “Born Ready” line of jeans. What struck me then was that although Wrangler has always been one of the Big Three denim companies, I’ve never had any sort of opinion about them at all. Always one to grab an opportunity…

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The big backpack roundup pt 2: Modern styles

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Reading Time: 6 minutesIt’s been a while now since I last posted a backpack guide so I thought it would make good seasonal reading. As we have previously established, the goal is to get away from the standard issue black nylon laptop-pack that you’ll typically be given at work. The sort of black hole of style and tast that listlessly hangs from the…

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Book review: “The Details” by Josh Sims

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Reading Time: 4 minutesAnother week and another book selected from the stack of menswear-related titles on the table next to the roaring fireplace here in the library at Well Dressed mansion. A steaming mug of strong tea, a pile of butter cookies and my reading monocle polished and ready. Todays offering is a recent publication from the productive Josh Sims, eminent author of “Icons of…

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Merry Xmas!

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Reading Time: 2 minutesLooking out the window as I write this it’s pitch dark, rain gently drizzling down. In the distance I can see the neighbours festive lights swaying in the wind, in a desperate bid to install some yuletide cheer to all. Still, in the cosy little world of mens wear and related issues, it’s almost business as usual. I’ve got a few…

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The big backpack roundup pt 1: Classic and heritage styles

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Reading Time: 5 minutesIt’s been a while now since I last posted a backpack guide so I thought it would make good seasonal reading. As we have previously established, the goal is to get away from the standard issue black nylon laptop-pack that you’ll typically be given at work. The sort of black hole of style and tast that listlessly hangs from the…

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Harry Stedman – quality modern classics

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Reading Time: 5 minutesSome brands have been around since loincloths came into fashion, others are more recent entrants to the jostling world of menswear. One of the latter companies, and one I only came across quite recently, is Harry Stedman. The company takes it’s name and inspiration Harry himself, father and grandfather respectively of the two guys behind the company. Born in 1934 Harry…

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The evolution and devolution of denim

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Reading Time: 5 minutesDenim is a curious fabric. I can’t think of any fabric that is currently so torn with regards to which way it should develop. On the one hand the traditional denim companies are doing what they do, continually creating a better and more technical and high quality product. On the other hand you have the heritage-orientated companies taking development back to…

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Review: “The Vintage Showroom – an archive of menswear” by Gunn & Luckett

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Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Vintage Showroom is a small vintage clothes dealer just by Seven Dials in London. The owners are Doug Gunn and Roy Luckett, and given the number of small vintage clothes shops around the world, or even London, the story could just as well have ended there. Except, Doug and Roy are finders and collectors extraordinaire, so the shop is…

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Review: The Crowder ATP watch, for a life less hectic

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Reading Time: 5 minutesThe smartphone has to be the curse of modern times. One dip in to your pocket and you know if anyone has phoned you, texted you, mentioned you, poked you, prodded you or in any other way attempted to annoy you. Also if anything has happened in the world, your car is unlocked or whether the book you reserved at the…

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Review: The CB Co Mk1 rolltop, the new backpack is black

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Reading Time: 5 minutesA new laptop at work meant I was looking for a new backpack with the space to carry it. Packs with space for a full 17″ laptop are less common than the smaller capacity ones, and if you want it to look good as well, that narrows it down further. I frequently use my pack as a carry-on as well,…

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