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A Wrapped Up History of Overcoats
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When it comes to keeping you feeling warm and looking sharp, there is no better choice than a well tailored overcoat. A classic overcoat will work seamlessly whether you want to wear it with a suit, a sweater and jeans, or a casual shirt and chinos. 

The overcoat as we know it emerged in the 17th century and has seen very few major changes since then. Though knee length and longer coats and gowns were in use before then, they were generally reserved for high status...

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Style Inspiration from Hu Bing
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If you’re not already familiar with Hu Bing, let us introduce you. Hu Bing is a Chinese model, actor, singer, producer, host and designer. He is a household name across Asia and has been awarded numerous accolades thanks to his success as a model and an actor.

In the last year, Bing has been making big waves in the UK menswear industry. In spring 2016, Hu Bing was named as a Menswear Ambassador for London Fashion Week by the British Fashion Council. This was a...

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How to Wear A Suit Without a Shirt
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There are certain quintessential combinations that are very hard to beat. Gin and tonic. Bacon and eggs. Suits and shirts.

Though these things all go together beautifully, that’s not to say that sometimes it can’t be fun to mix things up a bit. After all, gin is delicious in other cocktails. Bacon tastes great with almost anything. And a suit can look really sharp without the classic fall back of a shirt.

Thinking about giving this look a go?

The first thing you need to...

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Ask the Tailor: What is a French Bearer?
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Each month we ask our expert tailors to address one of your most frequent questions. This month we’re exploring French bearers. What is a French bearer, and why might you want to add one to your tailored trousers?

When it comes to trouser closures, it’s very much an issue of personal preference. Some gentlemen prefer button flies, some swear by zips, and some like to take things even further with a French bearer closure.

What is a French bearer?

A French bearer is a button at the closure of...

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Why Every Gentleman Needs a Dinner Jacket
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It would be fair to say that traditional dress codes have declined somewhat since their heyday. Once upon a time each event would come with a pre-defined dress code which would clearly set out exactly which attire gentlemen would be expected to show up in.

Lounge suits were worn for the office, a sports jacket for daytime social events and black tie for formal dinner parties. Though they left less space for style creativity, these rules made it far easier to know what to wear...

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The Case for Shawl Lapels

 

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Shawl lapels are recognisable by their lack of peaks or notches. Instead, they consist of an unbroken shawl of fabric around the collar of a jacket. Typically, this style of lapel is reserved for dinner jackets. There’s a pretty good reason for this: shawl lapels are generally considered the most formal type of lapel. 

However, that’s not to say that shawl lapels only belong on dinner jackets. This type of detailing can add a certain something to suit jackets, sports coats and blazers too....

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How to Wear a Tailored Overcoat at the Weekend
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Are you thinking about investing in a tailor made overcoat this autumn? We think that an overcoat is an excellent investment, whether it’s your first bespoke tailored garment or your hundredth. 

One of the best things about choosing a classic overcoat is that you know you’ll get a great deal of value from it. Unlike a suit or blazer, an overcoat is designed to be worn every day over the winter. 

This includes over a suit during the working week, over smarter clothes in the...

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Ask the Tailor: How do Gussets Work?
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Each month we ask our expert tailors to address one of your most frequent questions. This month we’re talking gussets. What are they, and how do they work?

Within the tailoring industry, we use almost a whole dictionary’s worth of specialist terms. Gusset is a great example of this. 

A gusset refers to a very simple trick with a piece of fabric that can make a big difference to how well your garments fit. Essentially, a gusset is a triangle or rhomboid shaped piece of cloth...

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Style Inspiration from Mark Ronson
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Mark Ronson is a British musician, singer, DJ and producer. He’s best known for collaborations including ‘Uptown Funk’ with Bruno Mars and ‘Valerie’ with Amy Winehouse. He has also produced work by Adele, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Duran Duran and Lily Allen. 

In addition to being an award winning musician and producer, Ronson has also made waves in the style world. GQ have consistently featured Ronson on their best dressed lists, including being named Most Stylish Man of the Year in 2016. 

We’d describe...

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A Guide to Vintage Tailoring
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There’s something undeniably attractive about a vintage suit. The quality of the tailoring, the classic period styles and even the faint whiff of the many sights the garment has seen… it all comes together to create something potentially very special.

If you’re partial to retro and antique threads, it’s possible to search out excellent finds in vintage markets, second hand shops and online auctions. However, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind.

Standard shapes will be different

Our tastes and lifestyles have changed...

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