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Rewaxing a waxed jacket, or the story of “Aulde Reekie”


In the world of tech fabrics, waxed cotton is the old curmudgeon sitting in the corner eyeing up the newcomers with a sceptical look of disdain. Waxed cotton has been around for ages, from the early use of improving the wind-retaining use as sails, to water-repellent outerwear. As these things go, it’s pretty environmentally friendly as well, there are no…

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A new idea for 2020, the carry-all utility vest


I very often get quite amazingly great ideas, absolutely world-class, game-changing ideas. Especially when I’m out walking, or trying to fall asleep (these two seldom occur at the same time), and naturally after figuratively slapping my own back in exultation, I think that I’ll put this in my mental bank of great ideas that should be worked on more. This…

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When a tweed coat was the real star of the crime drama “Strike”


I don’t know how many of you are avid readers of crime fiction, or viewers of crime drama, but if I say JK Rowling I’m sure some of you will make the association with her alter ego “Robert Galbraith” and the currently three-part series about Cormoran Strike. The books are passable crime fiction about the private detective Cormoran Strike and…

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Making a jacket out of a vintage army tent


There is something about the simplicity and honesty of an old army tent that really gets my creative juices flowing. It’s a 3-pack really, a diamond-shaped shelter fabric, two short tent-poles and some pegs. Not that I’ve found an actual use for the wood poles and metal pegs yet, though at some point they’ll no doubt find some use. The…

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A smarter way to lace your shoes?


Most of us, well, at least me, has one way of lacing our shoes. It’s probably the global standard and the most obvious possible way. Those that are a little more advanced will have a fancier way for fancier shoes, but as it doesn’t really work as well, it’s not the most common way. And I realise that declaring a…

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Cheap Shoes For Life


It’s a universal truth, that shoes made in the UK are good, very good. They are well put together, sturdy, made with materials far superior to that of a mass produced shoe that you would find in a High Street “Fashion Emporium. They generally look better too, are more substantial, a better shape, and a better and more standardised fit.…

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Podcasts, about menswear and interesting matters


The podcast is a strange phenomenon. While the world has moved on from pure radio, adding pictures and dimensions, the whole idea of podcasts is straight back to start. Only, you get to listen to what you want, when you want., clearly an advantage over most of today’s radio channels. From a production side, it’s also very easy to make…

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Tweed jacket – How to buy vintage and secondhand


Today’s post about buying a tweed jacket is by Garmsman Shaun. You can follow him on Instagram as @these_rough_notes Tweed jacket – How to buy vintage and secondhand If you are reading this Blog regularly you will know about Tweed, its versatility, its longevity, its warmth, its ability to transcend fashion in the world of Menswear. You’ll probably understand the fact…

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5 classic comfy shoes


Shoes can be all sorts of things. Yet when it comes down to it, the ones you love the most are the ones that manage to combine the magic properties of being both good looking (which isn’t that hard) and comfortable (which is harder). That elusive combination that makes for good looking comfy shoes is hard to find though, and…

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Washing and reparing vintage wool clothes


There’s a couple of reasons people are put off buying vintage garments, be they wool or otherwise. Smell and moth-holes. Both are kind of instant an instant turnoff. The smell we know as  “le vintage”, the reek of a thousand army surplus garments that have been in a dank basement since D-day. And then that great wool greatcoat, all brass buttons,…

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