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Peter’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Ah, Valentine’s Day. I remember our 2nd Grade class getting loads of pink cardboard paper and glitter to create cards for “our valentine,” not knowing what that was. Then I found out. A good way to jump-start anxiety at an early age. Fortunately, I was exempt, because if you’re like me (you know who you

Peter’s adventures in Pittiland – Part I

Day Two, because my trip didn’t start out that well. Of course I expected that everything would proceed swimmingly. I arrived at SFO well ahead of time, check-in was a breeze, and boarding went without a hitch. But then we waited. And waited…and after waiting on the runway in the plane for an hour, I

Why Black Tie Matters

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“What are you wearing tonight?” My wife and I have this conversation, more or less, every year, about this time. She calls out to me from her closet. We’re off to see The Nutcracker, which starts in less than two hours. “Black tie.”  “Again?” There’s more than a slight tone of incredulity, but then, I

Overcoats for Cold Weather

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Everybody looks good in an overcoat.  Or, more accurately: everyone looks good in a good overcoat.  Even growing up in San Diego, I knew this, despite never wearing one – until I moved to New York. A few weeks before my departure, one of my father’s friends, originally from Indiana, took me aside and asked me if

Going Bespoke in Palermo, Sicily

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There are a million and one places in the world to visit, each with its own unique beauty. But I keep finding myself going back to Sicily. Perhaps it’s because it reminds me so much of my home state of California: a semi-arid terrain with an incredibly varied landscape full of jaw-dropping natural beauty across

Fall’s Best Transitional Fabrics

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The Autumn Equinox for 2017 in the northern hemisphere fell on Friday, September 22, and menswear aficionados couldn’t be happier – shorter days and cooler temperatures allow for heavier fabrics, which generally drape and tailor better. My first real experience with autumn was in ’95, after suffering an intolerably muggy summer in the Hudson Valley

How to Win at 4-Pattern Bingo

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A cursory Google search for the phrase “four pattern bingo” cites its first usage in 2014 by StyleForum user Sugarbutch, but he actually used it two years earlier, of all places in a thread devoted toward conservative business dress.  Granted, he does hail from San Francisco, so there’s that.   The path of menswear usually

How Much Does a Quality Suit Cost?

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How Much Does Quality Cost? In one form or another, this question turns up every couple of days on the forum: “I’m looking for a quality suit/shirt/shoe/pair of underwear.  How much should I spend?” Before answering this question, it’s best to specify what “quality” is. Quality is not fit; nor is it style.  Assuming you have a