Does it Mean Anything to Know Where Something Was Manufactured?

May 31, 2017

Does It Mean Anything To Know Where Something Was Manufactured?

A few months ago, I was talking to Jeffery Diduch, the Vice President of Technical Design at Hickey Freeman. One…

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What’s In a Shoe?

June 1, 2015

What’s In A Shoe?

Given what shoes cost nowadays, it’s important to know whether you’re getting something of quality. Most of our readers will…

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Could Anything Justify $400 for a Sweatshirt?

February 14, 2015

Could Anything Justify $400 For A Sweatshirt?

In the years I’ve been working on Put This On, I’ve learned to take a gentler stance towards clothing prices….

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How Much Should You Spend on Dress Shoes?

March 27, 2014

How Much Should You Spend On Dress Shoes?

One of the questions I frequently get in my inbox is: “I’m looking to buy a better pair of dress…

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The Meaning of Selvedge Then and Now

March 17, 2014

The Meaning Of Selvedge Then And Now

Following Jesse’s great post last week on selvedge denim, I thought I’d share some scans from an old 1997 issue…

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Determining Quality in Leather Goods

February 20, 2014

Determining Quality In Leather Goods

Our friend Réginald-Jérôme de Mans has a very good and very active bullsh*t detector, and there’s surprisingly more bullsh*t on menswear…

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Why It’s Hard to Determine Quality

February 27, 2013

Why It’s Hard To Determine Quality

There are probably no fewer than a hundred books about classic men’s clothing, and the majority of them will have…

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Why You’re Unlikely to Tell Between a Fused and Half-Canvassed Jacket

November 14, 2012

Why You’re Unlikely To Tell Between A Fused And Half-Canvassed Jacket

Tailor Jeffery Diduch, who maintains the rather illuminating blog Tutto Fatto a Mano, was nice enough to contact us a…

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How to Examine Quality in Leather Goods, Part II

June 18, 2012

How To Examine Quality In Leather Goods, Part II

We talked last week about how to judge the quality of leather, but there’s more to leather goods than leather,…

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How to Examine Quality in Leather Goods, Part I

June 14, 2012

How To Examine Quality In Leather Goods, Part I

I recently had the good fortune of talking to Dave Munson and Frank Clegg – the two men behind Saddleback…

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“Old Clothes, Like Old Friends”

March 11, 2012

“Old Clothes, Like Old Friends”

While catching up on my men’s style blog reading, I came across this post by Nicholas Storey at A Suitable Wardrobe: …

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Quality as Taste

February 23, 2012

Quality As Taste

A friend of mine recently asked me for my opinion on what makes a well-made tie, and the conversation got…

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John Rushton

July 9, 2011

John Rushton

Check out this wonderful video about John Rushton, the man behind this shoe shop  in London. The message here is one…

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We shouldn’t conflate heritage and quality

April 22, 2011

We Shouldn’t Conflate Heritage And Quality

Jesse made a comment yesterday about how we shouldn’t conflate heritage and quality, and I completely agree. Too many consumers,…

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