Jason Disley

We sometimes forget the impressive history behind some elements of fashion and style. From the earliest evidence of woven fabrics, bone embroidery needles and shell jewellery, to the overhaul of manufacturing methods in the Industrial Age. Embellishments have evolved, and some styles have fared better than others, and have proven to remain for centuries.

So, as the nation bathes in an Indian Summer, with beautiful sunshine during mid-September, so I take a look at a fashion staple. It doesn’t belong to any particular style, although some style tribes may have appropriated it more than others. There is no doubt though, that at some point all of us will have worn one. Either simply to be cooler in hot weather, or as an extra layer beneath a shirt or sweater. I am of course writing about the simple white t-shirt.

 
There are shoes that stand out, they look good, and do the job. Some are versatile and can be worn both casually and formally. One such shoe is the Brogue. It’s versatility has made it a fashion staple. But, not only that, it has helped spawn other styles that are associated with different aspects of life. Usually sport or leisure, rather than just for work, or the functionality they were originally created for. 
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 15:45

When it Rains, It Pours - The Return Of The Mac

You see them on the sharply dressed in movies, you see them on disheveled Detective’s, and they have become an enduring staple of the City Gent. Spies have worn them, as have Gangsters. I am of course talking about the raincoat. Or more specifically The Mac.

It is said every bespoke tailor has its own signature tailoring style, which has been developed by years and years of - experience, knowledge, and their artistic creativity.

As soon autumn arrives, so thoughts start turning towards warmer clothing. There is a fabric that has been used for at least the last century that should be addressed, especially as it has seen a bit of a resurgence since certain period dramas on television (Peaky Blinders) for example have had an impact on tastes when it comes to tailoring.

As we have been going through a heatwave, I felt it was only right that I address a style of garment, that comes out every time the temperature increases, and it becomes practical to wear them. That garment is of course Shorts. Now, for this article, I decided to focus more specifically on Bermuda shorts.

The British brand most associated with Mod scarves, and Cravats can trace its roots back to 1799 and Robert Gardner, a textile merchant and quite possibly the most stylish man who lived in Manchester at that time. With the arrival of steam power and canals Manchester – or “Cottonopolis” as it was nicknamed in the 19th Century – thrived as the centre of the textile industry. In 1842, Edward Tootal, “a merchant in silks and fancy dress materials” joined the rapidly expanding successful business.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 09:15

That Touch Of Class - The Pocket Square

I feel it adds a touch of class and individuality, whilst helping to tie an outfit together. Why do we wear these pocket squares and where does this classic men’s accessory come from?
It was it seems the Greeks. Yes, the same Greeks who have given us so much throughout the ages, such as Democracy, Geometry Philosophy, and a rich history that fascinates us all so very much.

There was a time when no outfit was complete without a tie. It adds class and sophistication to ones look. But, have you ever asked yourself why we wear ties?

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