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  1. What we lost in the casual revolution by G. Bruce Boyer

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    September 18, 2018 by Ville Raivio

    Who else but G. Bruce Boyer? Let us leave it to him to tell what the western culture has lost …
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  2. G. Bruce Boyer’s life as a style writer

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    June 26, 2018 by Ville Raivio

    Today’s question: what has the act of writing about men’s tailored clothing taught G. Bruce Boyer? In the collection of …
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  3. Ralph Lauren and the necktie

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    July 18, 2017 by Ville Raivio

    Ralph Lauren has many fans. His career began in 1967 with a range of neckties, and some two years later …
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  4. A definition of style

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    October 29, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    “Style is what happens when a person bends fashion to his personality.” – G. Bruce Boyer in his recent interview …
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  5. Hardy Amies on balance in clothing

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    August 10, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    “Balance is the ultimate test of a finished coat. It is really the hang, the look, and the feel of …
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  6. The Duke&Duchess of Windsor Society

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    April 13, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    The Duke&Duchess of Windsor Historical Society has but one purpose: to preserve and disseminate all thing DoW-related. The society has …
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  7. Paul Press of J. Press: A Quasi-Official Yale Man

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    March 21, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    A Quasi-Official Yale Man by Mollie Wilson from The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, May 9, 2004 During all …
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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