Author Archives : nick

Visiting the Grenson shoe factory


Northampton is home to most of what remains of the traditional British shoemaking industry. Evocative names still have their factories here, some in their original buildings, some in modern ones. Some have changed owners, some are still family owned. Some have existed since the 1800s, others a bit newer. What hasn’t changed though are the traditional ways of making quality…

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Sustainability and our clothing – part 2


The following text was first posted on my Instagram over 10 posts recently, but to be honest I thought it might have the legs to be posted to the blog as well. It does pretty much sum up a lot of my thoughts on sustainability related to clothing and covers a number of points that tend not to be mentioned…

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Sustainability and our clothing – part 1


The following text was first posted on my Instagram over 10 posts recently, but to be honest I thought it might have the legs to be posted to the blog as well. It does pretty much sum up a lot of my thoughts on sustainability related to clothing and covers a number of points that tend not to be mentioned…

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The dotsuit part 2: The verdict


One of my more memorable outfits of 2018 was the now infamous dotsuit, or to use it’s real name, the ZOZOsuit. To read the original article, click here, but the short version of it is that using a body fitting suit with coded dots applied to it, an app on your smartphone can make quite accurate measurements of your body,…

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Review: The Serac T2 Hybrid coat, up close and personal


It’s a strange thing, blogging about menswear. At least to me. I get easily bored, so I’m always keeping an eye out for things that are new and interesting, both for my own interest, but also because a menswear blog that is always writing about the same thing quickly gets a bit boring. That is also a thing, as to be…

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Review: The HebTroCO X William Lennon & Co Chukka boots


Someone asked if it’s wasn’t about time I did a review of the HebTroCo Chukka boots, made by William Lennon & Co, and yes, it is long overdue. The more I thought about it though, the more I realised that it would be less a review and more a design study, both in fabrication techniques and well, a history lesson…

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The North Sea Clothing “Adventurer” smock


North Sea Clothing is a company with a strong background in the vintage garment trade. Dealing in classic vintage gave them the idea of have small runs of their own designs, improving and modernising vintage garments. Initially, this meant knitwear, like their great remake of the Royal Navy Submariner sweater, but increasing in range over time to result in some…

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Mountain White, another interesting Kickstarter


I find the whole idea of crowdfunding to be utterly fascinating. While the Internet has given us so much, both good and awful, the overused term “disruptive” is seldom more appropriate than when it comes to websites like Kickstarter where you can see the support of the world at large to help fund your grand idea. True, not every idea…

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More small brands you might be interested in…


I often find myself liking what the smaller brands are up to. Smaller brands are leaner, more dedicated, less desperate to take over the world. I might be hopelessly blue-eyed, but think of it like this: If I convert my grand vision of the most sublime waistcoat ever into being and make 50 of them, I only need to find…

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The Garmsman Dozen #18: Paul from Minneapolis


Welcome to the 18th instalment of the “Garmsman Dozen” question and answer session. The response so far has been tremendous. Did you miss earlier ones? There are links at the end of the page. This week we welcome to the Garmsman Paul Buttenhof from the US! 1. Who are you, where do you live and what interests you? My name…

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