January 4, 2019

The Andover Shop was founded in 1948 in Andover, Mass., with an eye to selling traditional American clothing to the clientele of nearby Philips Academy. A second shop was opened in 1953, by Harvard--for obvious reasons.

The owner, Virgil Marson, loved tweed--so much so...

Founded in 1874, Rogers Peet sold classic clothing to its upscale clientele. But it wasn't content with being a standard, conservative store, and introduced several innovations into American retailing--including attaching labels to garments showing their fabric composi...

Although the International jacket was originally designed as a submariner jacket--and then was adopted as a motorcycle jacket--I've found that it's true calling reflects its name, as it's (almost) the perfect jacket for wear while travelling.


First, it's packed with...

September 6, 2018

The 1970s were a dark time for the Swiss watchmaking industry.

Battery-operated digital watches were all the rage--relatively cheap, far more accurate than all but the most expensive Swiss mechanical watches, and utterly MODERN.... at all but the highest ends of the mar...

Not surprisingly, the Polo coat owes its name to the camelhair coats worn by Polo players between chukkas.... and as such it was originally an English, rather than an American, garment. But the English Polo had only a distant resemblance to what would quickly become an...

August 28, 2018

Old-School Makers of Saddles... and *exceptional* equestrian jackets in tweed!

Kauffman & Sons Saddlery was founded in 1875, in New York City--a move that might seem odd in the era of the automobile, but which made perfect sense when horses were the main form of transpo...

August 27, 2018

Chipp, Inc. was founded in 1945, by Sidney Winston who made all of John F. Kennedy's suits and jackets and many suits for Robert F. Kennedy. The heavy chalk-stripe suit that JFK was frequently photographed in--it was his favorite, and so got a lot of wear!--was a Chipp...


Founded in 1951 by Eric P. Mihan and originally located at 5 Palmer Square (now the site of Chez Alice Cafe) The English Shop was one of what is now considered the Big Five Princeton clothiers; the others being Langrock, Harry Ballot, Landa...

If you grew up in an upper-middle class family in the United Kingdom at any time after the First World War you'd be familiar with Viyella. It was cloth that your causal cold-weather shirts were made out of--and because of its softness, warmth, and cozyness, it was almo...

Cording of Piccadilly, London. A very brief history of the best English sporting goods store!

Founded in 1839, Cording of Piccadilly is still doing what it does best--providing traditional British country clothing that is both exceptionally stylish and extremely durable...

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