The Garmsman Dozen #1: Jon, from Great Britain


Reading Time: 10 minutesWelcome to the first instalment of a new series I’ve decided to call “The Garmsman Dozen”. Garmsman? Street-lingo for Garment Man, and dozen because I send out a list of questions and ask for at least a dozen to be answered. Enough waffle though and over to Jon aka Heavyjon on Instagram. Who are you, where do you live and…

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Introducing “The Garmsman Dozen”, a new weekly feature


Reading Time: 4 minutesOver the past almost five years, and over 500 posts, it’s pretty much been me and my whims that have provided the topics I’ve written about, which might be considered eclectic or wide-ranging, at least within the quite narrow scope of being more or less related to menswear. And that’s good, as it’s only my motivation that drives it, it’s…

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How Harris Tweed is made – From wool to yarn – Part 1


Reading Time: 9 minutesIf you’d asked me a year ago how Harris Tweed was made, I’d have replied something close to this: The wool comes to the mill and is made into yarn. The yarn is transported to the weavers at their crofts and they weave it into tweed. The tweed is then transported and made into many wonderful things. Sounds pretty plausible,…

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Consumer advocate: What is customer service?


Reading Time: 8 minutesI live in a fairly small town in Norway. It’s a place a lot of people visit, so it’s well served with hotels, both large and smaller. There is a certain amount of competition in the market, so they all try to offer the best possible experience. Except one, a small and apparently family run establishment. Ideally located in the…

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The “Country style” theme week summarised


Reading Time: 10 minutesTwo weeks ago I announced my intention to do a week-long theme week on Instagram, with “Country style” as the topic. The idea was to narrow the focus a little, so instead of lying awake all night trying to decide on what outfit to wear next day (I tell a lie, I sleep quite soundly, though sadly not soundlessly), I’d…

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My first theme week on Instagram!


Reading Time: 4 minutesThis week I’m going to try something new on my Instagram feed, a whole week dedicated to a single theme. Yes, I know my more or less randomly selected images are hugely popular around the world, but this week I’ve set myself a challenge. The intention is both fun and to give my ideas a little focus. My chosen theme…

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Grooming: A sensible and low key take on male grooming


Reading Time: 9 minutesI’ve had a few emails asking me about my “grooming regime”. I take this to mean there are people curious about how much coconut water I drink, which mud-masks I prefer on a rainy Tuesday evening, which carefully formulated lotions and potions I enjoy slathering my skin with, whether I prefer hair tonic to gin & tonic, whither scents of…

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Making a waistcoat from a vintage army tent


Reading Time: 8 minutesSewing is not something I’m doing all the time, it’s a passion that can flail up, burn strong and then go back into dormancy. Really I’m more about the ideas than actually the actual cutting, assembling and sewing. Not to say I don’t enjoy it, there is a huge amount of satisfaction in seeing a project through from idea to…

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Finally a cycle helmet for the stylish man, or woman!


Reading Time: 7 minutesMany a moon has waxed and waned since I last touched upon the topic of bicycle helmets. This is not to imply that my quest for a helmet that didn’t make me look like a, well, helmet, ever stopped. Ever vigilant could be my superhero name, always with an eye open for the new and different, or old and different,…

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