Take your time: the bespoke shirt



Turnbull and Asser bespoke shirt for women

The French may have Charvet, but we have Turnbull & Asser. In matters of sartorial excellence, a bespoke shirt has to be one of life’s great not-so-little luxuries. So in the name of research, I took up the offer of trying out the service.

Shirts factor big in my book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman and they’re also enjoying a major fashion spotlight moment, especially those of gargantuan, deconstructed proportions. And yet here’s a fascinating fact: only about 1% of Turnbull & Asser bespoke shirts are made for women. (more…)



Quote of the day: Jean-Claude Touboul



Emmanuel Macron suits

“He has a preference for blues, which fits his function. There is nothing too extravagant about his suits. He may change the number of pockets, and he likes his ties to be slim but not too slim. (more…)



A modest life: Sara Berman’s closet



Sara Berman's Closet

Aside from the hoo-ha of the Comme exhibition Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (which of course must be seen), New Yorkers should also check out Sara Berman’s Closet also at The Met.

Sara Berman was an immigrant who travelled from Belarus to Palestine to the Bronx in New York, before ending up in Greenwich Village. (more…)



Linda Fargo’s concept store



Linda Fargo concept store Bergdorf Goodman

Retail needs more concept stores. More fun! More surprises! That’s the gospel according to Linda Fargo anyway, Bergdorf Goodman’s Fashion Director, who has just opened her own shop-in-shop, kitschly called ‘Linda’s’.

“Shopping has become too homogenous,” Fargo told Vogue. “I want something where there is discovery and I’m finding unexpected things that I haven’t seen in other stores. I’m hoping to impart the real shopping—before we were all overexposed and oversaturated—when we were more like shopping virgins.” (more…)