September 10, 2013
Some people think that tweed is a fussy, itchy fabric, that it is simply too warm to wear.
They're wrong. Or maybe they're right BUT it doesn't matter. When fall comes, I hope for cool brisk mornings and a North Atlantic wind so I can wear it.
Want to know what makes tweed, Harris Tweed, absolutely glorious? The land tweed comes from. One look (I dream, I dream) at the land of tweed and you'll want to make the journey.
Take the A859 Road in Scotland (just follow the road in Google Map) and you'll want to wear tweed for the rest of your life.
If you can't be bothered, check out this video from Esquire and Martin Koddenberg on the weavers of the Isles of Lewis and Harris, the land of Harris Tweed, and the Orb!
It's been a while...and though I wrote it in The National Post in July and fall is just around the corner, I'm still going sockless.
Summer style is about less. It’s about taking a break from the rules and lightening up.Not ironing so much. Letting khakis get dirty. And though you may look best in dark ties, it’s time to take a sartorial vacation and wear bright ones.Read the rest in The National Post.
Ungird yourself and go beltless. No really. Just enjoy that feeling of your tropical weight wool suit flowing over you. Be tantalized by the thought of being a button and a zipper away from simply flapping in the wind. It’s OK. It’s summer.
And: Go sockless...
June 25, 2013
Watch on the BIG SCREEN the stylish and classic thriller by Michael Mann:
Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and VAL KILMER on July 2 at the Vancity Theatre!
I'm presenting it as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival's Cinema Salon.
It would be great to see you there.
June 3, 2013
The flashes of brilliance, the moments of poor judgment, the grit of a journeyman’s effort, the blatant violations of code and the dramatic crescendo of the final — it’s hard to tear your eyes from the screen during the NHL Playoffs. And I’m not even talking about what takes place on the ice. With the profusion of analysts, panellists and insider columnists able to fill every waking moment of our lives with hockey talk, we are also treated to an endless parade of clothes.
Not surprisingly, there have been a few sartorial offsides and several major infractions. Commentators like CBC’s PJ Stock and TSN’s Aaron Ward are on TV because of their hockey knowledge, not their fashion smarts. It’s a missed opportunity, as many Canadian men take dressing cues from these guys. In the spirit of post-game dissection, I pulled out the digital crayon to draw attention to the hockey cognoscenti misplays, and to sketch out how they can elevate their style to a championship level.
A side note: I will not comment on Don Cherry. That would be akin to complaining about a Christmas tree being too gaudy and bright.
Read more! http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/06/01/two-minutes-for-looking-so-good-the-menswear-of-the-2013-stanley-cup-playoffs/
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October 10, 2012
Q. Why does James Bond, no matter who plays him, look so good in a tuxedo?
A. It may be because they are handsome, roguish, sophisticated actors who play one of the most dashing characters in 20th century popular fiction. But besides that, all of them follow a few simple black-tie rules(at National Post).
September 9, 2012
A: Style Master says - If I had a whip (maybe I do, maybe I don't), I would crack it now. Elbow patches are best when patching a hole in a well-loved garment. If the hole appears on the left, only patch the left. Symmetry is for suckers and the quirk of one-sided patching gives a whiff of old establishment thriftiness.
Admittedly, this year, elbow patches are everywhere (AGAIN in 2012, I wrote this nearly a year ago). So, I concede to the inevitable, the same way Indiana conceded to the feisty Marion Ravenwood.
If you must buy a garment with elbow patches, make sure they COVER the elbows and not the upper arm or forearm. If they don't, someone should conk your crystal skull.
(Note: if the patches are misplaced, consider having them moved to cover the elbow.)