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The Styleforum Portmanteau–April 19

Britain shakes its head as Aquascutum is placed in administration (i.e., files for bankruptcy). The Bureau in Belfast made an exceedingly relaxing lookbook film. I want to buy everything then take a nap. Dior is remodeling their E 57th St. store in NY. Meantime, Homme in on 133 Greene St., where the brand is setting

Expert Shoe Care With Nick V.

Nick V., owner of esteemed shoe repair outfit B. Nelson Shoes, NYC, knows his stitch. And his welts, and his vamps from his throats. He knows shoes. He takes abused, worn-out kicks and recrafts and resoles them–rehabilitates them. In an ongoing series, Nick will be answering some of my questions to help you treat your

The Styleforum Occasional Intelligencer–April 17

In the U.S., today is the last day to file your taxes. So, you know, get on that. Adam Gopnik proposes the Golden Forty-Year Rule of nostalgia in the New Yorker.  Quick question: can tapered pants be bellbottomized? Derek Guy continues his seven-part Put This On series on ordering custom shirts. Good commute reading. New

The Styleforum Reader–April 16

Lapo Elkann wearing Rubinacci in L’Uomo Vogue, via Rubinacci Club. Lapo is touching the ground in exactly half of the photos. Hipsterpalooza: Mister Mort’s been posting Coachella style shots on his tumblr. Ladies in vintage Air Jordan teeshirts = HYFR. Simply Refined’s Stephen Pulvirent talks ordering butterfly loafers from Ed Et Al shoes, a Singaporean

The Styleforum Daily Collar–April 11.

Put This On released the second episode in their second season, further footage from New York including thrifting with the Street Etiquette guys, jacket construction with Len Logsdail, and the handsome stylings of Dave Hill. Lucas Ossendriver talks Lanvin men’s with Barney’s. Worth watching, at the very least, in order to hear someone say “Lanvin”

Rough & Tumble from Nepenthes

The Nepenthes NY store in New York’s garment district stocks a lot of Engineered Garments, the company’s best-known brand in the United States (and often the easiest to wear). But EG has a lot of stockists, while some of the lines in Nepenthes stable are much more limited in distribution. Rough & Tumble, billed as

The Styleforum Mirror—April 10.

Tuesday, April 10th. Raf Simons named couturier at Dior (WWD). A menswear designer first and a student of subcultures, Simons succeeds John Galliano. It was bound to be a controversial move on the forum, as Simons often styles his suits with the bottom button fastened. Facebook buys Instagram (NYT). According to Mark Zuckerberg, “The Hefe

Catching up with Jesse Thorn and Put This On.

Jesse Thorn didn’t set out to be a menswear authority—but through happy accidents and hard work, he finds himself as the main dude of Put This On, a video series and blog about “dressing like a grownup.” Jesse and the PTO crew, including directors Adam Lisagor and Ben Harrison, comedy-type-person Dave Hill, and blogger Derek

Washington, D.C. shopping guide, part I.

Guest post by Grant Harris of Image Granted. Streets of Georgetown 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20007 When Joseph Abboud sold his namesake label to become chief designer for HMX Group, the largest manufacturer of tailored menswear in the country, he worked with HMX CEO Doug Williams to open Streets concept stores in select