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  1. How Artists Must Dress

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    March 26, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    “Artists must first of all distinguish themselves from members of the adjacent professional classes typically present at art world events: …
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  2. Well Suited for the White House: Kennedy style

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    March 25, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    LIFE magazine’s October 13 issue from 1961 included a fascinating analysis on the sprezzidential style of John F. Kennedy and …
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  3. Weaving Casentino cloth

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    March 25, 2014 by Ville Raivio

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  4. Inside Charvet’s 28 Place Vendôme store

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    March 22, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    If there is no such thing as shirt store porn, let this little post give a name to a series. Claude …
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  5. Characteristics of Shetland wool

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    March 21, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Shetland wool is the harvested and treated wool grown by sheep of the same name. This tiny landrace creature has …
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  6. Interview with Juho Rehakka from The Nordic Fit

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    March 19, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    VR: Your age and occupation? JR: 27 years this spring, working in finance. An Italian job VR: Your educational background? …
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  7. A Favorite English Sentence by G. Bruce Boyer

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    March 17, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    I’ve written this before but here it goes again: The Sartorialist was a treasure trove of inspiration back in the …
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  8. That Brooks Brothers Look from 1954

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    March 16, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Playboy’s February issue, 1954, had BB’s Ivy look pinned down like no other. When reading a few chosen Ivy sites …
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  9. The truth on the origin of the Windsor knot

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    March 15, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    “The so-called ‘Windsor knot’ in the tie was adopted in America at a later date. It was I believe regulation …
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  10. Interview with Florin Ardelean and Francesco Masci from Calzoleria F&F

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    March 15, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Ville: Your age and occupation? Francesco: I am 28 years old, and I am a shoemaker. Florin: I am 37 …
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