Freddy Vandecasteele. Photo credit: Juhn Maing.

An afternoon with shirtmaker Freddy Vandecasteele

Last month I had the great pleasure of reconnecting with shirtmaker Freddy Vandecasteele who recently retired from a 40+ year career as a shirtmaker in Los Angeles. We met in Brussels where he is enjoying his retirement. When I was living in LA about a decade ago, Freddy made the bulk of my dress shirts …

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Bruce Boyer’s True Style

I packed a copy of True Style by Bruce Boyer on my flight to Paris last fall and optimistically thought I would have time to read it before Christmas 2015. Unfortunately, my studies prevented me from reading this terrific new volume on menswear until recently. Put simply, this is the best introduction and guide to …

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A video history of the necktie

I came across this useful history of the necktie by Fashion Institute of Technology professor Chloe Chapin:

The decline and fall of hat wearing

The English historian Edward Gibbon attributed the decline and fall of the once ubiquitous Roman Empire to the gradual, enervating loss of martial dedication and civic discipline among its citizenry. In a way, the Romans did not keep up the appearances required of an enduring civilization. Put simply, the slipping of standards led to the …

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Ivy League style: Kamakura Shirts

Additional links – Styleforum discussion on Kamakura – Ivy Style on Kamakura

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