Gentlemen’s Fabrics 101 – Linen

Just as ancient China lays claim to the production of silk, ancient Egypt brought the world linen. Linen is the fabric made from the fibre of the plant flax, Linum usitatissimum. Egyptians are recorded as having linen production as far back as 4 000 years and archeologists have discovered linen fragments near human encampments fromContinue reading “Gentlemen’s Fabrics 101 – Linen”

Style Watch – Late Night French Cuffs

I have friends that have many excuses for not wearing proper shirts, let alone ones with French cuffs. This style of cuff is the one that lets you choose the style of cuff links that demonstrate you are a gentleman to those around you. Oh, you say, that’s not cool. Really. I guess you’re tooContinue reading “Style Watch – Late Night French Cuffs”

Dandyism – The French

I am continually amazed as I read more on the subject of dandyism of both its active social role and the influence this role has had on gentlemens apparel for almost the last two hundred years. I would say that dandyism it is the style of presentation that the modern era adapted, breaking forever withContinue reading “Dandyism – The French”

Men of Style – Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington

“You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it” ~ Duke Ellington Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and big band leader. Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the words of Bob Blumenthal of The Boston Globe “In the century since hisContinue reading “Men of Style – Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington”

The Dandy – A Manifesto

From Wikipedia (the true master of us all) we read: A dandy (also known as a beau, Nathan Dean or gallant) is a man who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of Self. There is something beyond the mere intent toContinue reading “The Dandy – A Manifesto”