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Simply sartorial Summer stuff


Summer time and the living is easy, or so the song goes. And sartorially so I think it really is. Easy, and perhaps a little less fun? If you’re a bit like me, where you like your thick tweed and heavy denim, some stout footwear and a good scarf, dressing to keep the chill out, then Summer poses a a…

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A few thoughts on caring for leather shoes


An expression came to mind last week whilst preparing a new pair of rugged Red Wing boots for use, “tough as old boots”. It got me wondering where such an expression might have come from, and also whether there was any significance in the “old” part of it. Were boots stronger in previous times? I have observed that there has been…

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The return of the Instagram roundup


Writing for the blog has taken a back seat in recent weeks, primarily due to other commitments, including getting my old Jag back on the road, getting the new greenhouse stocked and started, and this and that really. And it all comes down to seeking out that which inspires, and finding a way back into the saddle once you find yourself out…

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Summer style in the Realm (& Empire)


I’ve previously written about Realm & Empire and how they delve into the IWM archives for inspiration. Given that the weather around here of late has been dodgy in the extreme, I’ve had a lot of use of their waxed jacket I reviewed a while back. This time though I’m taking a look at their Artisan jacket and Demob shirt. The…

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The indigo detective investigates colour bleed


I have a high level of natural curiosity, and when I wonder about something I want to find out more about it. It usually isn’t quantum physics or anything that would save the planet, though maybe every small thing helps? Heck, who am I kidding, I just notice small anomalies and have to scratch the itch. What was it that made…

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The weeks that were – a bumper catch-up


What with convalescence and a long Easter holiday I quite forgot to post my weekly summary of Instagram images. To make up for this unacceptably poor level of service, I hereby offer up an almost full selection. And to add further joy to the event, a lot of the images are of the evil twins, or triplets, in some cases.…

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Trouser Tuesday: Selvedge denim, how low can you go?


This review is a tricky one. No doubt about it. There comes a time when you’ve written a few reviews of denim trousers, spending time finding out what is different or special with each pair, describing, measuring, considering. And then you come to a pair like this, where there is almost nothing to say. You find yourself struggling, flailing even,…

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The Great Shaving Cream Investigation – Summary


An epic six rounds of one on one shaving cream combat has come to an end. 12 products, each claiming to be the ultimate, have been tried on the battleground that my face became. The left side versus the right side, stainless steel blades reducing stubble to rubble. At this point you will no doubt have read up on all…

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Another week Instagrammatically


Another Friday, another compilation of graphical snippets from the week that was. I’m travelling at the moment, so I’ll keep the verbosity to a minimal level. The shaving cream project is ongoing and the Mighty Garment Review Season has been kicked off with a new Waistcoat Wednesday. So much wonderment! The candidates for todays thrilling installment of the Great Shaving…

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Trouser Tuesday: Old Town Tin-house Vauxhall


Welcome back to the second instalment of Trouser Tuesday, this week featuring the Vauxhall trousers by British maker Old Town. Well, not strictly accurate, as my trousers are made by Tin House, the workwear label of heritage-style micro-maker Old Town. Apparently Old Town only make around 70 garments a week, and most of them are to order, which makes them quite special…

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