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  1. Savile Row tailor slang and vocabulary

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    July 25, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    “The close community of the journeyman tailor was forged through generations of hardship, of long hours, miserable pay and discrimination …
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  2. How Saint Crispin’s shoes are made

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    July 25, 2015 by Ville Raivio


  3. Bobby Fischer’s clothes hobbies

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    July 23, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    “You know they say you can tell the decline of a nation when the people begin to lose interest in …
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  4. The single tailor Frank Shattuck

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    July 20, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    No outworker cutter, tailors, seamstresses, pressers, finishers — just a single tailor for all stages.


  5. Shell cordovan leather in 1880s shoes

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    July 20, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    Shell cordovan, the darling bud of 21st century high-end shoemaking, was a well-known piece of ass back in 1880s already. …
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  6. Shoe advice from The Foot Doctor #3

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    July 12, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    Parts one and two behind the links. VR: How do you see a great fit for shoes? MW: Most people …
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  7. James Laver and Men’s Fashions In Technicolor, 1952

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    July 11, 2015 by Ville Raivio


  8. The triumph of cloth over silk in men’s clothing

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    July 10, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    “From the beginning of the [18th] century cloth had been the correct material for day wear; its quality constantly improved …
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  9. J.H. Thornton’s Textbook of Footwear Manufacture

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    July 8, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    The Honourable Cordwainers’ Company is an American non-profit organization for all shoemakers who care about the Gentle Craft and its …
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  10. Lord Chesterfield’s Letters

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    July 4, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    “Your dress (as insignificant a thing as dress is in itself) is now become an object of worthy of some …
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