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East Meets West: Japanese Formal Wear

August 7, 2014

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I’m currently editing a new page on Japanese formal wear for the next edition of The Black Tie Guide.  Their sartorial customs are a fascinating blend of old Eastern traditions and newer Western ones.  In fact, Japan is second only to Britain in preserving the custom of morning dress.  One prestigious formalwear maker from that country prescribes […]

From the Vaults: Soviet Evening Wear

July 18, 2014

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Part of a series featuring highlights of my recent research at the Library of Congress. In my youth I was always fascinated by the bizarrely Orwellian nature of life in the Soviet Union.  An article on Communist sartorial propaganda in the May 1959 issue of GQ reminded me just how perversely fascinating the USSR was. The article’s introduction sets […]

From the Vaults: Library of Congress Research

July 15, 2014

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I’ve taken time off from blogging lately for a busy summer including a week of World Pride festivities and ongoing home renovations. Also tucked in there somewhere was a trip to Washington, DC where I took the opportunity to do something I had long dreamed of: research at the Library of Congress, the largest library […]

It Never Hurts to Dress Up

June 3, 2014

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This drawing is by a young artist with a longing for the lost days of style and formality.  I love how it captures not just the elegance of yesteryear but also a certain youthful innocence.

The Suspender / Cummerbund Conundrum

May 20, 2014

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Black Tie Guide visitors occasionally ask me if it’s okay to wear suspenders with cummerbunds. My first thought is “why don’t these people bother reading the Guide before writing?”  My second thought is “why do so many people assume these two articles are mutually exclusive?” I suspect that a general unfamiliarity with the cummerbund leads many to equate it with a belt because of […]

Review: Bespoke: The Men’s Style of Savile Row

May 13, 2014

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  For those of us who can only dream of patronizing Savile Row’s world-renowned tailoring houses, this book might be the next best thing.   Author James Sherwood (who has assisted me with my research on the earliest dinner jackets) charts the contribution to fashion and culture made by these masters of bespoke menswear, beginning with […]

Toronto Tuxedo Tailors

April 24, 2014

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Recently I’ve received a number of enquiries about where to buy custom-tailored tuxedos in my hometown of Toronto.  As I have never had a tuxedo made here I figured this was a good excuse to visit some local providers to find out what they offer and how much they charge.  Considering the vast number of custom […]

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