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It's in the detail.

  A close up on hand-made  For discerning dressers, dandy's, sartorialist's and the like, once the overall well fitted look has been accomplished - with quality and in style, the final touches are all about the detail.  This can be about finely tuning the length of a garment, additional accessorising, a little extra colourising here or there, and so on.  It is also very much about the fine finishing of a garment itself, whether it be in the quality of stitching, the way patterns are cut and aligned, a crafted button hole, the buttons themselves.  One of the reasons why hand-made and bespoke wear is as desirable as it is, is as much to do with the artisanal quality of garment...

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Men of Note.

  An exploration of men of note, dressing well.    The Actor While splitting the actor from the character is an almost impossible thing to do, probably the most obvious sartorial choice from the acting fraternity with almost 6 decades of fine-dapper-wear is Bond, with arguably the biggest well-dressed cue's coming from Connery, Brosnan and Craig.  However, for our exploration we're going a little off-piste and while offering absolute recognition to Bond, are reaching beyond the obvious models and featuring the one Bond often only in receipt of a short page when digesting a history of 007 in cinematic production.  Our Bond stands out for his dapperness not only as 007 (the first), but also very much in all his other varied roles over the...

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After Eight.

The Black-Tie.   Unless you celebrate Xmas dinner events on a monthly basis, regularly frequent evening award or charity events, or have double '0' status and participate in high stake poker games at private Casino's in luxurious locations, it's likely that your occasions for the black-tie are few and far between.  So on the evenings you happen to have one, and with it the opportunity to dress up, it's important to take it seriously and, of course, get it right. The heritage of what we are a part of when wearing the black-tie dates back to the Victorian era where, while still remaining formal, a more relaxed convention of dress was accepted for dinner; principally switching from tails (on the jacket) to the shorter dinner jacket and,...

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English Heritage.

The Grey Fox  It was our pleasure to see Grey Fox once again just before Xmas, having earlier in the year worked with David on his Grey Fox curated stand at BOB. David's 2016 was remarkably successful and 2017 looks likely to follow much the same path; so to toast this and, of course, participate in some festive gifting we invited David to Seaward & Stearn London to choose a fabric of his liking that we would then make into a made to measure bespoke tie for him. From the rolls of woven silks, printed silks, and wools, there appeared only one direction that David was heading.. and it wasn't long before rolls of Madder's were out over the cutting tables...

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Keeping it in Check

Check's, Plaid's, Tartan's.  There's something of a renaissance in check's right now and, it's fair to say, a good amount of dapper creativity on display across various media; whether it's with the simplicity of a single check garment worked into the mix alongside plain colours, or playing with pattern combinations.. check on check, checks with stripes, checks with herring-bone, checks with dots...  There's an art to all this of course; the perennial fine line of striking the right balance and carrying off your look with a sense of dapper formality or an at ease sprezzatura, versus, simply... getting it wrong. And getting it wrong with checks can be pretty severe, leaving you with a horrendously pieced together jumble sale look of vagabond proportions....

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