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  1. Marc Chevalier, the vintage menswear expert

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    March 5, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Marc Chevalier is on a mission. Raiding vintage tombs both online and in real life, he aims to uncover the …
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  2. Forthediscerningfew’s interview with Yukio Akamine

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    January 29, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    February 2012 was marked by FTDF’s Pierre-Antoine Levy and Virgile Mercier’s meeting with the Humphrey Bogart of Japan, Yukio Akamine. …
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  3. Beau Brummell’s hot pants

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    January 23, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    ‘Nineteenth-century prints show Brummell in very fitted riding coats with tails. The coat cuts away to reveal his pelvis and …
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  4. Oprah’s interview with Ralph Lauren

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    January 19, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    In May 2011, Oprah and her viewers were invited to the ranch that is Double RL, one of the homes …
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  5. Forthediscerningfew’s Interview with Michael Alden

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    January 9, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    In December 2010, FtDF sat down with one Michael Alden for an in-depth chat. The interview sees him go through …
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  6. Style Writer Farid Chenoune on Le Smoking

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    November 25, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Farid Chenoune Recalls Fashion's 'Gender… by FORAtv


  7. Simon Crompton’s Joy of Tailoring

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    November 13, 2013 by Ville Raivio


  8. Shoe Historian June Swann

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    November 5, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    In 1987, June Swann retired from her post as keeper of the shoe and boot collection at the Central Museum and …
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  9. G. Bruce Boyer on Writing with Style

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    September 30, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Foreword I had this little idea, but since I want to make it seem more important, I’m going to call …
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  10. Frederick Scholte’s Fortunes

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    August 8, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Below is the only photograph of the legendary Frederick Scholte I’ve found online. It’s a scan from Tailor&Cutter magazine’s February …
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