No School Like The Old School

Feb 21

nomanwalksalone:

MENSWEAR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE TOLERATE UNDERSTAND THE #: PART 2
by William Phips
Read part 1 here.
My very recent détente with the # briefly lulled me into forgetting that I was obviously out of place. But my acute lack of both beard and bracelets soon reminded me. Luckily I didn’t have long to wallow in my awkwardness because my attention turned to taking notes and trying to take even a single useable photo. The dim lighting, the models’ speedwalker pace and my own ineptitude with a camera, however, rendered every image just a confused blur. 
And speaking of confused blurs, before I realized it, the show was over. 
I’ve often heard people - not unjustifiably - carp about fashion’s egregious lack of subtlety. And I’ve indulged in my fair share of “get off my lawn”-ing in that regard. But there is a reason for that conspicuous obviousness.  
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nomanwalksalone:

MENSWEAR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE TOLERATE UNDERSTAND THE #: PART 2

by William Phips

Read part 1 here.

My very recent détente with the # briefly lulled me into forgetting that I was obviously out of place. But my acute lack of both beard and bracelets soon reminded me. Luckily I didn’t have long to wallow in my awkwardness because my attention turned to taking notes and trying to take even a single useable photo. The dim lighting, the models’ speedwalker pace and my own ineptitude with a camera, however, rendered every image just a confused blur. 

And speaking of confused blurs, before I realized it, the show was over. 

I’ve often heard people - not unjustifiably - carp about fashion’s egregious lack of subtlety. And I’ve indulged in my fair share of “get off my lawn”-ing in that regard. But there is a reason for that conspicuous obviousness.  

Read More

Feb 20

nomanwalksalone:

MENSWEAR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE TOLERATE UNDERSTAND THE #: PART 1
by William Phips
It’s not that I’m old;  I’m just really old school.  Consequently I was pretty sure that fashion shows were nothing more than the insufferable in full pursuit of the unwearable, the whole exercise made tolerable only through the grace of a few Miranda Kerrs. 
And so carrying my invitation, preconceptions and Greg’s injunction to ‘just keep an open mind’ I set off to actually see Oliver Spencer’s F/W 2014 show in person.
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nomanwalksalone:

MENSWEAR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE TOLERATE UNDERSTAND THE #: PART 1

by William Phips

It’s not that I’m old;  I’m just really old school.  Consequently I was pretty sure that fashion shows were nothing more than the insufferable in full pursuit of the unwearable, the whole exercise made tolerable only through the grace of a few Miranda Kerrs. 

And so carrying my invitation, preconceptions and Greg’s injunction to ‘just keep an open mind’ I set off to actually see Oliver Spencer’s F/W 2014 show in person.

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Jan 13

nomanwalksalone:


HOW PANTS SHOULD FIT
by William Phips
A handmade jacket is undoubtedly the highest expression of the tailor’s art.  Nothing else a man wears requires the skill and care that go into cutting, sewing and shaping a coat.  So it’s not surprising that they get the most attention.
But assuming your interest in menswear isn’t limited to collecting nice things (a condition that I realize isn’t always met) but also extends to a desire to look good, you need to pay attention to how your trousers fit as well.
A lot of looking good in tailored clothing comes down to sidestepping a few well-worn pitfalls.  And trousers are one of the most common obstacles on the road to steez.  Luckily, they’re also one of the easiest things to get right – provided you know what you’re looking for.
Waist:   Yes, pants are sold by waist size but it’s a red herring.  Focus on how everything else fits and then simply have the waist altered.
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nomanwalksalone:

HOW PANTS SHOULD FIT

by William Phips

A handmade jacket is undoubtedly the highest expression of the tailor’s art.  Nothing else a man wears requires the skill and care that go into cutting, sewing and shaping a coat.  So it’s not surprising that they get the most attention.

But assuming your interest in menswear isn’t limited to collecting nice things (a condition that I realize isn’t always met) but also extends to a desire to look good, you need to pay attention to how your trousers fit as well.

A lot of looking good in tailored clothing comes down to sidestepping a few well-worn pitfalls.  And trousers are one of the most common obstacles on the road to steez.  Luckily, they’re also one of the easiest things to get right – provided you know what you’re looking for.

Waist:   Yes, pants are sold by waist size but it’s a red herring.  Focus on how everything else fits and then simply have the waist altered.

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Jan 01

London from the Thames - 2

London from the Thames - 2

Dec 31

London from the Thames - 1

London from the Thames - 1

Dec 30

They say there’s no place like home and while that may be true, there’s also no place like vacation.

They say there’s no place like home and while that may be true, there’s also no place like vacation.

Dec 06

Never buy too many suits at the same time.  You never know how tastes may change…

Never buy too many suits at the same time. 

You never know how tastes may change…

Nov 23

nomanwalksalone:


BEAUTY FOR ITS OWN SAKE
by William Phips
I like to think of myself as a practical man.
I’m hardly unique in that regard but, as a member of the unfortunate group that will quote Gordon Gekko without a trace of irony, I feel I have as good a claim to that distinction as anyone. At least anyone with uncalloused hands.
Yet here I am writing what will eventually be about buttonholes.
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nomanwalksalone:

BEAUTY FOR ITS OWN SAKE

by William Phips

I like to think of myself as a practical man.

I’m hardly unique in that regard but, as a member of the unfortunate group that will quote Gordon Gekko without a trace of irony, I feel I have as good a claim to that distinction as anyone. At least anyone with uncalloused hands.

Yet here I am writing what will eventually be about buttonholes.

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Nov 05

[video]

Oct 29

[video]

Oct 21

The search for the perfect buttondown roll continues…
But I think I’m getting closer.  Photo of SF’s Maomao

The search for the perfect buttondown roll continues…

But I think I’m getting closer.  Photo of SF’s Maomao

Oct 18

[video]

Sep 18

In Sorrento last April

In Sorrento last April

Sep 09

Speaking of great buttondown collars…

Speaking of great buttondown collars…

(Source: urbancomposition)

Sep 06

The ultimate buttondown roll…

… I think I may have found it.  Check back in a month or so.

The ultimate buttondown roll…

… I think I may have found it.  Check back in a month or so.