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  1. Identifying quality leather

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    May 29, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    “Genuine leather” has not been a useful marking in decades. Leather can be made from most any animal, and it …
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  2. A Short History of Cufflinks

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    October 9, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    In the beginning, there was a shirt. Its guise changed with the times since men took to them at around …
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  3. Fused, Unfused and Soft Collar

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    February 20, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    The rich world of tailored shirts offers an endless array of fabrics, dozens of weaves and a myriad of collars, …
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  4. Shirt fabrics explained

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    February 15, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    The basics on shirt fabrics.










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