Jason Disley

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 18:21

Just The Tonik – Mohair, and Dormeuil

I heard the Charlie Rich song - Mohair Sam the other day, and it made me smile, and groove a little. It also inspired me and made me want to write about Mohair, and about a brand that was in the mid-twentieth century, was the leading brand for suits using Mohair fabric and is still today held in very high regard.

Sea-faring history has always influenced fashion - and no object more so than the Breton Top. But where did the history of the famous stripes begin?

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 08:46

Cooking The Creases: STA-PREST

From inventing the blue jean in 1873 Levi’s, has always been an innovator when it comes to clothing, always functional, and suited to both work and play. So, it’s no surprise that in the 1960s they found a way to put a permanent crease into trousers.

There are many types of fabrics associated with work wear, especially originating in the 1800's when it was first mass produced. Every one knows about denim, it's been time tested and worn throughout the ages - but what about the other types?

The earliest known roots of polo reach back as far as 6th century BC, the modern form of the horseback sport can be traced back to the 19th Century in India. British military men stationed in Manipur, a state in Northeast India, adopted polo from the indigenous Indians, and brought it back to the U.K. where it became synonymous with wealth, royalty, and the upper-classes.

I am a fan of hats, I probably have too many, after all, I only have one head. But for me, a good chapeau can make a person stand out in a crowd. It can elevate their style, and can help a person exude a confidence that is admirable. Now, I am talking about real style. Not just a functional thing to put on one’s head to protect yourself from whatever a person feels their noggin needs protection from.

For some reason, whenever towelling’s mentioned, the first thing I think of is Sean Connery’s baby-blue belted terry playsuit in Goldfinger (don’t ask me why – some of you will already know I am a 007 fan).

OK, the title of this article could be mistaken for the ludicrous title of a mid twentieth-century pocket book novel. You know the ones that you could pick up from a newspaper stand for about twenty five cents in the US back in the day. You know, when working men would read a book for entertainment?

Chambray is a fabulous fabric that offers the unique texture and appearance of denim but without the density and weight. Denim shirts have been popular over the decades and can produce some very interesting fades, but, wearing denim shirts can mean sweating uncontrollably during the summer months.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 20:00

From The Bazaar – The Desert Boot

A timeless classic, a pair of Desert Boots is an item, that arguably most well-dressed men, has for those slightly more casual days, in their shoe collection. It is a form of boot that is similar to a Chukka Boot. (A boot that usually has three pairs of eyelets, and derives its name from a period of play in the sport of Polo)

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