how to choose a suit fabric

How to Choose a Suit Fabric: Part 1

I remember first stepping into Britex Fabrics in downtown San Francisco several years ago, when the seeds of bespoke clothing had begun to germinate in my imagination.  This landmark building, which has hosted Britex since 1952, sports walls over one hundred feet long, all lined to the ceiling with practically […]

mario bemer the rise of shoemaking

The Rise of the Shoe Enthusiast

Something is happening in the world of shoes. Or rather, in the world of quality shoes. It’s not a tidal wave, but then again, few things are when you’re dealing with classic menswear. It’s more like a small trickle that’s turned into a steady stream of obsession. It started […]

How to choose a raincoat

How to Choose a Raincoat

I never had a raincoat growing up in San Diego.  I always wanted one then, like I always wanted a cast or braces or glasses, but the worlds most inoffensive climate precluded the need for one.  Now, thanks to global warming (or the impending ice age, depending on your view), […]

what is ancient madder

What is Ancient Madder?

Over the course of the autumn and winter, there’s a good chance you read the phrase “ancient madder” somewhere on the forum, and you may have wondered what it is. Although madder itself has a very, very long history, ancient madder now refers, at least in menswear parlance, exclusively […]