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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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Flannel Trousers

A History of British Flannel Trousers (1925 - 1955) If there was one outfit that defined British menswear during the mid 20th Century, it was the casual combination of light coloured flannel trousers worn with a contrasting sports jacket. For around thirty years, starting in the mid 1920s and then declining with the arrival of ‘youth fashions’ in the 1950s, this was the look that was worn everywhere: From the promenades and beaches of the seaside resorts, to the terraces of football stadiums and everywhere in between, this fashion crossed the boundaries of age and class. It was a look that was just as popular with the average British working man as it was among Hollywood’s elite, many of whom...

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