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The Blazer

 In the world of menswear, the name ‘blazer’ is attached to two quite distinctly different garments: the navy blue jacket that adds a touch of formality to a casual outfit; and the striped or brightly coloured jacket worn at sporting events such as rowing.  However, it is the classic navy blue double breasted jacket that we are considering here. Both garments share their sporting origins on the water. The sports blazer was the garment of choice for rowing clubs, with its bright stripes or vivid solid colours supposedly being described as ‘ablaze with colour’. The navy blue double breasted jacket has its origins in the uniforms of the Royal Navy and Britain’s merchant fleet, then spreading to navies worldwide, before...

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The Best White Shirt

History of the great white shirt One thing is true: whatever the state of his wardrobe, a man always needs a classic white shirt. Whether it is to be worn with a suit, a blazer, or just casually combined with jeans or chinos. You need it because the perfect white shirt serves you for all your landmark events. Don’t believe me? Check it out: Job interview and first day of work? White dress shirt. Wedding? Confirmation? Graduation? White dress shirt. Funeral? Whether you are a guest or in the coffin, chances are you will be wearing a white dress shirt. And it goes on… Pitti peacocks, red carpet heroes, lifestyle influencers and Oscar winners all have one secret weapon: the...

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Striped Cotton Workwear

From the plains of Arizona to the meatpacking factories of Chicago; from the labourers 'De Nimes' to the gold miners in the outback of Australia; there is one woven cotton cloth that gentrified the working classes worldwide, elevating their cloths from the flat plain canvas weaves, meaning they were still easily identifiable as a workman, and blurred the lines into a washable weave that could be worn at work and in town, at evenings and weekends and performed as a functional cotton suit for all occasions. In the world of the vintage work wear collector and enthusiast, there is one cloth that is instantly rerecognizable and highly desirable: the multi-striped workwear cotton cloth - in combinations of grey, black and white - and commonly...

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Using an alteration tailor to get the perfect fit

It is the nature of ready-to-wear clothing that the fit on any specific body shape can be greatly improved by a visit to an alteration tailor. This is the fun part. This is where you get to make your ready-to-wear purchase your own! More often than not, these alterations are easy to get right, quick and will transform the fit of the garment to create a tailor-made look. Did you know that Clark Gable switched to off-the-rack suits pretty soon after he came to fame? He preferred altered off-the-rack suits to bespoke ones even though his wide-shouldered built was a little outside the industry standard fit. In order to get the most out of your suit, our recommendation is for...

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How we measure

In order to take measurements accurately, button the garment and place it on a flat surface. The area to be measured needs to be entirely flattened, with the fabric fully extended but not overstretched.Jacket, shoulder:Measure the shoulder width at the widest point between the shoulder seams. Again make sure to fully extend the fabric. Jacket, chest:Measure from armpit to armpit. Make sure to also fully extend the fabric that tends to bunch up under the armpit when one places the jacket on a flat surface. Jacket, back:Measure from the neck seam in a straight line down the centre of the back to the back hem. Do not include the fabric of the front part of the jacket (which extends beyond...

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