Tag Archives : Textile

Trouser Tuesday: SOSO denim, not so so-so


Reading Time: 8 minutesToday’s trousers come from Swedish up and coming denim company SOSO Clothing. I have to admit, given the unfortunate name of the company and a website that aggressively promotes their discounts, I wasn’t expecting their goods to be very good. Which just goes to show how easily preconceptions can be misleading, as I will proceed to show you as I present the…

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Trouser Tuesday: Whillas & Gunn "Charles", unusually retro


Reading Time: 7 minutesWorking our way around the world reviewing trousers sees us arriving in Australia today. Whillas & Gunn, a family company supplying fine, rugged menswear since 1972, are something of a favourite of mine, having made both one of the very favourite waistcoats (which says something) and the backpack I use on a daily basis. Todays offering is a pair of…

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Trouser Tuesday: Thoroughstitch chinos, thoroughly classic style


Reading Time: 9 minutesAnother week and another review! Prepared to be truly trousered, chaps, as we head over to the Big Apple for this weeks superb strides. From a small New York based company by the name of Thoroughstitch we have a pair of truly awesome chinos. Never heard of Thoroughstich? Well, neither had I until I noticed them on Instagram, and from that moment…

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Re-fitting your shirt made easy


Reading Time: 8 minutesA visit from my youngest son finally gave me the push I needed to do a write-up on ill-fitting shirts and a fairly easy remedy for it. All you need is either some very basic skills with a sewing machine, a little time and patience, and a shirt that is too large of body. There are a few measurements a…

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Waistcoat Wednesday: Fancypants herringbone from Scotch & Soda


Reading Time: 7 minutesYes, I know, you’ve all been missing my Waistcoat Wednesday reviews, and I feel bad about it. Truly. However, I have a new one today, and will hopefully have a couple more in the coming weeks. Today’s offering is another fine piece from Scotch & Soda, consistent and fine supporters of the waistcoat through each season. This one I discovered in their…

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How about some alternative fabrics?


Reading Time: 8 minutesCotton shirt, cotton boxers, cotton denim, cotton t-shirt, and let me bless your little cotton socks as well. Cotton everywhere, cotton all over and cotton everything. Is cotton the be all and end all, the perfect fabric for all uses? I’ve mentioned a few times how cotton is a huge environmental problem and that you should, whenever possible and practical,…

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Waistcoat Wednesday: Version 4 is all about the stripes


Reading Time: 6 minutesI know, I’ve been late in delivering the next iteration of the Waistcoat Project. To be honest, this one caused me so much trouble it almost sunk the entire project. The Singer just totally refused to do the buttonholes for me. So much so that I’ve since invested in a vintage Singer for future buttonhole duties. The issues with the…

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The Waistcoat Project: The first effort


Reading Time: 9 minutesThose of you that have follow my efforts for a while will have noticed that I have a certain fascination with waistcoats. I’ll not try to analyse just why I like waistcoats, but suffice to say they are stylish and practical, and add interest to your outfit. What’s not to like? Well, waistcoats are not in huge supply. While a…

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


Reading Time: 8 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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Robert Owen, the undershirt solution


Reading Time: 8 minutesSometimes in life you’re not aware that you have a problem until one day someone offers you a solution. This is one of those times. Out of the blue I received an email from Robert Kay, owner of new menswear brand Robert Owen. He wrote to let me know about his new venture, undershirts for gentlemen. Now, much as I’m…

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