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A knotty issue

Prince Michael of Kent For a number of years, I had always avoided thick knots like the Windsor knot. Perhaps it was due to a cautionary sentence by Alan Flusser – the de facto style reference for many men today – in one of his books or perhaps a source I have now forgotten. Whatever …

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The rise and fall of sartorial standards – why?

Recently, a member of AskAndy asked the $64,000 question – since when and why have modern men been dressing so poorly? The consensus seems to be sometime in the mid-1960s, a period of political, cultural and social rebellion. As to the question of why, however, the collective answer is less certain. My own thinking suggests …

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Disney Hall Concert: Kirov Orchestra

This evening I attended a wonderful concert by the brilliant Kirov Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. The program included Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina Prelude, the Sibelius Violin Concerto (featuring Leonidas Kavakos) and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 in B minor. The orchestra displayed spirited, dynamic intonation and pacing and virtuoso playing by the woodwinds and brass (French horn …

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Shopping guide for short & slim men

For men of short and slim stature, it is remarkably difficult to find clothing off-the-rack that fits well. If you’re off a standard deviation or two from the typical RTW sizes, then you have essentially two strategies. First, you can try your chances by finding a designer brand that cuts their suits, jackets, shirts trousers …

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Where to start – “the beginning is always the best”

Dressing well is never simply about wearing nice clothes. It’s not simply about the sheen and surface of appearances unless you wish merely to be a modern philistine. Dressing well is about creating your own story and playing it out authentically, almost as an actor inhabits his role. If you accept this transparency between the …

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