Fashion blogs

January 7, 2008

One of my favorite fashion blogs (well actually the only one I really visit) is the The Sartorialist, which is Scott Schuman’s blog. Basically he roams around and takes pictures of people with great fashion. This sort of site is quite trendy at the moment, I’ve been hearing of more and more of them.

A friend of mine, Helena, just told me she’s doing the same thing at Youth League and the Spies. It’s pretty good, check it out.

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I just resigned… time to buy a bespoke suit?

March 8, 2007

James Bond 

I’ve now officially resigned having given my resignation letter to my boss today. This was actually the first resignation letter that I had ever written so I turned to the internet to look at some samples. I was disappointment to find that there was very little variety to choose from, but then I thought “Do I really care?” The answer was no. So I copied and pasted the shortest one I could find and handed it in.

Anyways, on the tube home I read an interview in the paper with a guy that started a business called A Suit that Fits which makes bespoke suits at a fraction of the price of other established tailors such as those on Saville Row. I’ve looked at bespoke suits in the past and they cost around £1,000 – 2,500 (CDN2,300 – 5,750), I’ve put it off in the past as I’ve wanted to get into better shape before I get measured. My thought process was that if I’m going to spend that type of money I want it to still fit in the future – and I plan on staying fit.

To give you some idea of the difference in price, I went through the process of creating a suit on their website, usually choosing the more expensive options and the price only came out to be £280 (CDN644). The price difference is huge and of course the only thing that matters is the quality of the fabric and tailoring. At this price I am extremely skeptical, but I do need a new blue suit… and the price is so low… it’s tempting to just roll the dice and see what I get.

I also think its an interesting business idea – if they can actually deliver what they promise (high quality tailored suits to the masses). I wonder how well the idea would export to North America, one of the founders did say he’d like to launch in New York. How about Toronto?


Good stuff: Dunhill

January 28, 2007

Dunhill

Dunhill is a British luxury brand, known for their leather goods, lighters and cigarettes but it has also expanded into mens clothing. The business was developed by Alfred Dunhill after he inherited his father’s saddlery business on London’s Euston Road. Dunhill, responding to the growing demand for automobiles, developed a line of accessories called “Dunhill’s Motorities”. This first collection included car horns and lamps, leather overcoats, goggles, picnic sets and timepieces. Dunhill pitched the company under the slogan “Everything but the Motor”.

I first bought a great dark blue suit with light blue stripes from Dunhill, which quickly became one of my favorite pieces of clothing. I have since bought a tie, a couple of shirts, a bag and a pen, all of amazing quality. I currently have my eye on buying a few more shirts.

Good stuff Dunhill.


The Sartorialist

January 28, 2007

I’ve started adding a bunch of sites to the links section, one in particular which is quite cool is the The Sartorialist. In short its a blog by a GQ columnist which just has pictures of very “stylish” people.