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Fedora care: brush, steam and shape

Timothy of Bates Hats in London demonstrates basic care of your hats.


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Published: 23 December 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Maintenance
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A visit with John Hitchcock of Anderson & Sheppard


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Published: 18 December 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Exchanges
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Men’s style: the definition of “panache”

Noel Coward

Noel Coward

When one dresses with an inordinate amount of style we call it “panache.” A good example can be seen in the image above of Noel Coward.

Is it the camelhair Polo coat, the Raglan sleeve, the scarf falling dangerously from around the neck, the elegant cut of the collar and choice of tie, or the hat, the cigarette, the smile and gleam in the eyes that make this style charged image memorable? It is all of the above and none of the above….

Published: 16 December 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Uncategorized
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Dress with style: your own style!


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Published: 07 December 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Uncategorized
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Dress yourself with style: Choosing colors

Don’t look for the colors that suit you best, look for the YOU that suits the colors best.


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Published: 06 December 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Uncategorized
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Dressing well: Wearing the 6 x 3 Polo


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Published: 06 December 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Bespoke
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Dressing well: Learn to mix patterns

Mixing patterns in your dress is a good way to add interest. Learn how to use and trust an eye tech device.


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Published: 01 December 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Uncategorized
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The legendary Polo coat

The legend among coats started its life as a covering for exhausted Polo players. Today its traditional, ample stance graces the figures of elegant men the world over.

Learn what makes the Polo so special in this video.


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Published: 30 November 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Bespoke
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Learn to put a shine on your shoes

The first of a series of articles on maintenance includes segments on how to clean, wax and polish your favorite shoes.

“Maintenance is the sine qua non of elegance”, according to Honore de Balzac, and this is especially true for goods made of leather. So whether you wear bespoke, fashion, or good old fashioned work shoes, they need special attention and regular care to look their best.

Along with Mr. Pierre-Paul-Marie Hofflin of the Talon Rouge salon in Paris, we will also learn how to prepare and execute a glacage or spit polish. This much sought after effect takes a bit of time to learn, but with the instructions contained in this video, you will be able to give your shoes a dandified air.


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Many thanks to Pierre-Paul-Marie. Stay tuned for part two of the series where you will learn how to “antique” your shoes.

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Published: 29 November 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Maintenance, Uncategorized
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London Landmarks: The future of Fedoras at Bates hats (Part 1)

An elegant mainstay on Jermyn Street will be closing its doors at the end of February. Bates,  who has supplied elegant Fedoras and caps since 1920 at 21 Jermyn Street will try to relocate to shared space elsewhere on the famous street that is being vacuumed of all its intrinsic charms.

We receive the bad news direct from the proprietor in this sequence. Stay tuned for video shot as a historical record of the shop coming up in part 2 of this series.


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Published: 27 November 2009 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Exchanges
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