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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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1930s style biswing jacket

A Los Angeles-based reader wrote to me and supplied photos of his recent commission with Enzo Caruso. The jacket is inspired by a specific example worn by Clark Gable in the 1935 film China Seas. Clark Gable’s biswing jacket Clark Gable’s biswing jacket The Caruso jacket pictured below is made out a Holland & Sherry …

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1920s style: Sartorial lessons from The Broadway Melody

The Broadway Musical (1929) was the first talking musical for MGM as well as for Hollywood. The men’s suits were almost assuredly bespoke and you will see superb examples of formalwear (below, Charles King and Anita Page) and “lounge suits” (i.e. business suits in modern nomenclature) across a variety of physiques. Take double-breasted suits for …

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Style icons: Cary Grant on TCM

This Tuesday, January 18th, at 6:30am Eastern US, cable channel Turner Classic Movies will be celebrating the birthday of men’s style icon Cary Grant. Six of his early movies will be aired: Sylvia Scarlett, The Toast of New York, Bringing up Baby, Gunga Din, Only Angels Have Wings and Night and Day. This will be …

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1960s style: Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round

I came across Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) late one night and missed the first half hour or so, which was a pity. Don’t miss it if you are a student of 1960s design and style or a fan of the lanky and accomplished James Coburn. He’s a smoother, more rugged version of Jimmy …

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