Just in case you can’t see me.. 
FWIW | #woolrichwoolenmills navy cotton fishing/trapper #fieldjacket | #beams camo #ocbd | #drakes for #pjohnson shot (black and navy) silk knit tie | #thearmoury Japanese denim dungarees | #carmina for #thearmoury shell cordovan unlined moccasins | #prada military slide belt (from 1st men’s collection circa early 90s) | 
(at The Coca-Cola Billboard)

Just in case you can’t see me..

FWIW | #woolrichwoolenmills navy cotton fishing/trapper #fieldjacket | #beams camo #ocbd | #drakes for #pjohnson shot (black and navy) silk knit tie | #thearmoury Japanese denim dungarees | #carmina for #thearmoury shell cordovan unlined moccasins | #prada military slide belt (from 1st men’s collection circa early 90s) |

(at The Coca-Cola Billboard)

Can you see my shirt? 
FWIW | #woolrichwoolenmills navy cotton fishing/trapper #fieldjacket | #beams camo #ocbd | #drakes for #pjohnson shot (black and navy) silk knit tie | #thearmoury Japanese denim dungarees | #carmina for #thearmoury shell cordovan unlined moccasins | #prada military slide belt (from 1st men’s collection circa early 90s) | 
(at The Coca-Cola Billboard)

Can you see my shirt?

FWIW | #woolrichwoolenmills navy cotton fishing/trapper #fieldjacket | #beams camo #ocbd | #drakes for #pjohnson shot (black and navy) silk knit tie | #thearmoury Japanese denim dungarees | #carmina for #thearmoury shell cordovan unlined moccasins | #prada military slide belt (from 1st men’s collection circa early 90s) |

(at The Coca-Cola Billboard)

Thinking & wondering if I will be “dead man walking” by breaking some rules at the orchard.. 
FWIW | #ThreeOverOne olive cotton canvas field coat | #ascotchang #bespoke washed punk Oxford cloth BD + GFY initials | #Drakes for #pjohnson shot silk (black &navy) crunchy knit tie | #ascotchang denim dungarees | #alden + #leathersoul cinnamon suede flex sole boots | Lolex | .. 
(at Appartmento Wongolini)

Thinking & wondering if I will be “dead man walking” by breaking some rules at the orchard..

FWIW | #ThreeOverOne olive cotton canvas field coat | #ascotchang #bespoke washed punk Oxford cloth BD + GFY initials | #Drakes for #pjohnson shot silk (black &navy) crunchy knit tie | #ascotchang denim dungarees | #alden + #leathersoul cinnamon suede flex sole boots | Lolex | ..

(at Appartmento Wongolini)

Going to start breaking some rules.. 
FWIW | #ThreeOverOne olive cotton canvas field coat | #ascotchang #bespoke washed punk Oxford cloth BD + GFY initials | #Drakes for #pjohnson shot silk (black & navy) crunchy knit tie | #ascotchang denim dungarees | #alden + #leathersoul cinnamon suede flex sole boots (not visible) .. 
(at Appartmento Wongolini)

Going to start breaking some rules..

FWIW | #ThreeOverOne olive cotton canvas field coat | #ascotchang #bespoke washed punk Oxford cloth BD + GFY initials | #Drakes for #pjohnson shot silk (black & navy) crunchy knit tie | #ascotchang denim dungarees | #alden + #leathersoul cinnamon suede flex sole boots (not visible) ..

(at Appartmento Wongolini)

RAW denim or WARM Cordovan.. What smells better? 

Today was one of those days that I said FUK THE RULES & chose to wear dungarees!

Dungarees? Grown Man jeans not Dad Jeans or Gen Y/X2.0 “drop crotch”, “skinny leg”, “drop ass” Hipsters - the difference:

  • Premium RAW denim not bagged out stone-washed or some bizarre acid wash
  • Straighter leg
  • Higher rise as Grown Men tuck their shirts in
  • Pin roll cuffs

* these are from ACL x Tellason & IMO great fitting jeans for me. I will do a post about these at a later date.

So this week we have discussed back fit & balance, so why not finish with the same.

This 280gm linen from Ariston is ideal when the season starts to warm up (as it is down here in the Antipodes). For example we are in the last days of winter & the weather is hovering between 19c - 22c at midday with cooler mornings & evenings.

Medium to heavy weight linen offers great drape as well as very mouldable to ones body. Being heavier, the creases are also not as hard.

Do yourself a favour & investigate in a medium to heavier weight linen.

Details | SC - P Johnson in Ariston linen for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason twill for GW | PS - Drakes for The Armoury | Socks - Pantherella | Moccasins - Carmina for The Armoury | Bag - Ettinger “Wimbledon” for The Armoury

From the archives (approx. Nov 2011) as resurrected by a new follower

History lesson (from July 2011): I still get messages/emails about the pros/cons with MTO v bespoke.

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Friday Business Casual in Blaze Orange

5th day of rain - EXERENT!

Details | Umbrella - Fox for GW | Pocket Square - Drake’s Irish linen | Jacket (part of suit) - @PJohnson in Loro Piana for GW | Shirt - @AscotChang in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Hermes knit tie | DubMunks - Edward Green “Westminster” Mole Suede for @LeatherSoul for GW | Bag - Ettinger for @TheArmoury

* take note of the shape & undisturbed line of the jacket even whilst holding up an umbrella.

There is nothing wrong with MTO if the tailor/fitter knows what he is doing which is unfortunately a rarity today. I have seen more “car wrecks” from E. Zegna “Su Misura” than a roller derby & they average more than 3 times the cost of a P Johnson MTO commission.

*Another blast from the past - thank you new follower

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Solaro SoRaro reflects heat - Truth or Fiction?

Summer has finally arrived in Sydney, Australia & what better way to start than wearing a cotton “Solaro” suit.

It has been said that the weave was developed in such a way to reflect the suns bight - so far I have to agree.

Solaro cloth is recognisable by the fine herringbone weave, usually 2 colours (in this case khaki & plum). Solaro can be of cotton or wool. The wool variety is almost like gaberdine.

The hand (or feel) is quite special in that there is a certain heft yet soft to skin. The creases tend to also be soft not fine like normal cotton.

I’m looking forward to more cotton Solaro - maybe even a DB..

* note the shadows as the clouds move & then note that the tone of the suit changes ever so slightly, so hard to capture this..

Details: Shades - vintage Moscot “Lemtosh” in summer blonde | Suit - P Johnson in Ariston cotton “Solaro” ”SoRaro” for GW | Shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason for GW | Knit-tie - Drakes | Pocket Square - Linen Hermes | Socks - MUJI | Hoofs - John Lobb ” City II) in pewter suede on 7000 last for Leather Soul for GW

To SQUARE or not to SQUARE - I always find it interesting to see what has been re-blogged from my archives - & this has come up quite a bit over the last few days. Originally posted last year some time.

I had a funeral to attend yesterday & whilst getting dressed I questioned whether a pocket square is appropriate or not.

My thoughts were initially “no” as a funeral is a sombre event.

But then my Sistah said yes & only yes as I had a plain white square folded & not stuffed, puffed or some origami creation resembling the Sydney Opera House.

The other factor is how one presents themselves, does it look natural. This should answer the messages I get about wearing a pocket square - if you feel self conscious wearing one, then don’t. There is nothing worse than a fidgeter or the type you see constantly preening them selves in public or every chance they see a mirror.

If I was to nit-pic, the details of this suit is inappropriate & my other navy suit was not with me.

A black suit would have been more appropriate but other than a dinner suit, I can’t see why one would need a black suit unless they are in FASHUN or..

In my opinion a dark blue or navy suit paired with a white shirt, dark tie & black shoes is a good alternative. A dark grey suit is another option.

Either way, keep it clean, classic & minimalistic.

& yes I stuck with my folded pocket square.

What do you think?

An oldie from last year - about this time last year..

Thanks blazerandtie: for digging this upGW again because of acute awesomeness

*& yes I flirted very briefly with a DSLR

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The (Partial) Week that was..

Elements for “plus one”
- opening night of some the ballet tonight.
(Taken with Instagram at Tokyo Disco)

Elements for “plus one”

- opening night of some the ballet tonight.

(Taken with Instagram at Tokyo Disco)

Blast from the past - 2011: Walking through Shanghai Pudong International Airport when I saw the shift of guards. Quickly handed my camera to a colleague of mine & told him that we have to be quick! Snap & escaped.. 
(Taken with instagram)

Blast from the past - 2011: Walking through Shanghai Pudong International Airport when I saw the shift of guards. Quickly handed my camera to a colleague of mine & told him that we have to be quick! Snap & escaped..

(Taken with instagram)

For posterity.. Friday BusCasual

Details | Umbrella - Fox for GW | Pocket Square - Drake’s Irish linen | Jacket (part of suit) - @PJohnson in Loro Piana for GW | Shirt - @AscotChang in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Hermes knit tie | DubMunks - Edward Green “Westminster” Mole Suede for @LeatherSoul for GW | Bag - Ettinger for @TheArmoury

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Friday Guido top to toe

Friday Business Casual in Blaze Orange

5th day of rain - EXERENT!

Details | Umbrella - Fox for GW | Pocket Square - Drake’s Irish linen | Jacket (part of suit) - @PJohnson in Loro Piana for GW | Shirt - @AscotChang in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Hermes knit tie | DubMunks - Edward Green “Westminster” Mole Suede for @LeatherSoul for GW | Bag - Ettinger for @TheArmoury

* take note of the shape & undisturbed line of the jacket even whilst holding up an umbrella.

There is nothing wrong with MTO if the tailor/fitter knows what he is doing which is unfortunately a rarity today. I have seen more “car wrecks” from E. Zegna “Su Misura” than a roller derby & they average more than 3 times the cost of a P Johnson MTO commission.

The SiblingShuffleSeries

Somewhere in the back ground my Niece is on a skate board whilst my Nephew is reading up on TinTin..

Details| Suit - @PJohnson Loro Piana “Zelander” for GW | Shirt - @AscotChang for GW | PocketSquare - Drake’s Irish Linen | Tie - @VandaFineClothing hand made unlined for GW | Munk - Edward Green TD “Oundle” in CRUP cognac shell on 888 last for @LeatherSoul for GW | Bag - Ettinger for @TheArmoury

* Sistah is wearing Mr Smith’s Pantaloons

Monday already, feels like ground hog day.
There fore back to basics as it is easier said than done whilst most aim to out Lapo himself when that is bound to end in a hotel room bender..
Details | Jacket (part of suit) - @PJohnson in Loro Piana “The Wave” for GW | Pocket Square - Drakes Irish linen | Shirt - @AscotChang in Alumo for GW | Pantaloons (part of suit) - @PJohnson in Huddersfield summer worsted for GW | Hoofs - Pewter suede John Lobb “City II” @LeatherSoul for GW | Bag - Ettinger for @TheArmoury

Monday already, feels like ground hog day.

There fore back to basics as it is easier said than done whilst most aim to out Lapo himself when that is bound to end in a hotel room bender..

Details | Jacket (part of suit) - @PJohnson in Loro Piana “The Wave” for GW | Pocket Square - Drakes Irish linen | Shirt - @AscotChang in Alumo for GW | Pantaloons (part of suit) - @PJohnson in Huddersfield summer worsted for GW | Hoofs - Pewter suede John Lobb “City II” @LeatherSoul for GW | Bag - Ettinger for @TheArmoury