Thursday, May 30, 2013

Style: The Ongoing Stripes Series

If anything, I really like getting the names of things right. It shows care, concern and attention to detail. Nothing, however, gets me more confused than stripes on dress shirts. There are a lots of striped shirt styles, however, in this series of posts I will be focusing solely on vertical stripes, what they look like and, most importantly, what they are called. I haven't quite found anything that references the origins of these names, however, I think the pictures are enough to allow you to distinguish between the various styles. I also think the width of the weave in the stripes is key, the background colour of the shirt and and how much spaced the stripes are. Whenever I come across a new set of stripes I will do a post. The origins of the names of these stripes is what eludes me, however, I did find something that chronicles striped clothing and that stripes on clothing goes back to medieval times. Basically if you were considered evil or did wrong you were clothed in stripes. I would appreciate someone dropping something in the comments if they know about stripes on shirts; what they mean, their origins. It would be a great lesson.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pick of the Week: Adriaan Kuiters Carryall

Adriaan Kuiters Carryall R979

A transient midweek or weekend getaway doesn't get more stylishly packaged than this. Described as an alternative to a sports/ gym bag, I see it doubling for work as well. This hand luggage sized camel bag is ideal as an overnight bag and is portable due to two leather straps.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Style: Vodacom Durban July Theme - "Posh, Oh My Gosh"

"Posh, Oh My Gosh." Well, it's about to be that time. The annual spectacle which is the biggest horse racing event in South Africa, if not Africa, is imminent. The Vodacom Durban July. And this year's theme is, as the title suggests, "Posh, Oh My Gosh". How does one begin to interpret this directive? I can't think of anything else to confuse gentlemen even further. The whole tagline seems to be suited and geared towards women.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Style: Seven Puffer Vests At Different Price Points

Ackermans Puffer Vest R149

I highlighted a puffer vest as an integral part of a gent's winter wardrobe. Today, I thought let me look around and check for puffer vests at different price points. All these are readily available in SA. This is but a microcosm of what's out there; what left me incredulous is that you have national retailers who either don't have websites to showcase their catalogues or they don't have these items on their websites. Very discouraging. However, these, I guarantee you will find them as listed below.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cut 'n Sew: Shoddy Workmanship

His exact words were "Are you ever going to alter these pants again?", innocently, I replied, "No". Unbeknownst to me he was running game on me. My tailor at the time was taking short cuts with my garments. It happened that I went to the tailor with a few pairs of pants to have alterations done at the length and also tapered at the hem. When I think back, I think some of them even had turn-ups that I wanted to be removed. Now, I want to have turn-ups reinserted again. These trousers are a mix of 100% new wool/ poly/ viscose blend. Not the most comfortable but they are wearable. As well as versatile since they work with a variety of jerseys and jackets. So when my tailor at the time asked that question I really didn't think anything beguiling about it.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pick Of The Week: Crockett and Jones Drummond

Drummond Mink Suede

If you're in any doubt about what shoe to incorporate into your business wardrobe this winter - allow me to point you in the right direction? There's chunky suede for casual wear, and then there's slim suede for business. The Crockett & Jones Drummond in mink suede is just the shoe for a business wardrobe.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Style: Ten Winter Warobe Essentials for Men

Trenery Short Leather Glove R599

We're inching closer and closer to winter and it couldn't be a better time for a gentleman to beef up his wardrobe with these essentials. Any one of these pieces is a must have for this winter and beyond because they are timeless. If well taken care of you're bound to extend their life for many years to come. Any sartorialist will tell you about the inherent pride when dealing with clothing they have kept and taken care of for many years. The older the item the more tales one has to tell. So, take care of these and you'll not only have stories to tell but you'll definitely be handing them down.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome...

Well, the time has finally come to relaunch this blog, Perfect Gentleman. And, as you can imagine I am very excited. I can't can't believe that after a little more than 12 months I am back and not only that, but, I'm back with even more drive and motivation. I literally had to hit the books just to get my sartorial knowledge up. But it's been worth it because in the time I was away I got the opportunity to learn, grow and visualise what I want to do with this blog, and making it happen is what I relish the most.

I have so many plans for this blog. All I can ask for is your indulgence and continued support. I have a litany of ideas which I will execute, tailored to the readers of this blog. I have also come to learn that even something as inconsequential as a blog needs planning and commitment to be relevant and current. Thank God that a blog name and URL do not expire, otherwise I'd be scrambling for another name right now.

A word of gratitude to a few people that helped me with the blog's redesign, especially to Zee Fashionista for helping me with the challenge I had with installing pages. Really, if you don't know something, ask and someone out there will be able to help. Ok, I think I'm rambling now.

You know, Teddy once adlibed 'teach the children, teach the babies', that's what I'm doing with those little boys in the image above. And my sincere hope is that sartorialism and dressing well will be carried, man to man, generation to generation.