Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Friday, 4 April 2014
Reading a glowing review in the Times the other day about Justin Timberlake's recent gig in London, I couldn't help but notice that in the accompanying photograph, his dinner jacket featured turn-back cuffs. A style that was popular in the early 1960s amongst the more raffish of British society.
The review suggested that Timberlake is in the mould of Frank Sinatra so I wonder whether he knows that Sinatra's tailor, Cyril Castle was one of the tailors who was instrumental in making this feature popular.
I have added turn- back cuffs to many of my suits over the years because for me, it is a way of making an otherwise dull grey suit that little bit more individual. Like Timberlake, I have turned back cuffs on my dinner jacket - I just wish I could sing as well.
Monday, 24 March 2014
Around this time last year I hosted a lunch at the London Rowing Club on the day of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. As sponsors of The London Rowing Club, the club had very generously lent me one of their rooms at the boat house. I spent some time wandering about admiring all the silver ware and trophies the club had won over the years, and examining the paintings and Spy cartoons of past members all immaculately turned out in rowing blazers and flannels.
I spotted a large painting over a fireplace that had been painted by Cosmo Clark, RA in 1956 to celebrate the club's centenary and I was very taken with it, so much so that I commissioned it to be photographed and passed the images onto our design department with the brief that they should turn the photographs into a print and apply it to casual short sleeve shirts, swimming shorts and silk pocket squares.
With prints being all the rage at the moment it seemed the right time to introduce our exclusive London Rowing Club range. Again, I shall be at the Boat Race this year but given that the weather is usually pretty cold I doubt that I shall be wearing the shirt or shorts just yet but I will certainly be sporting the pocket square.
Thursday, 20 March 2014