‘Essays’ Category

  1. A short history of the suit


    October 27, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    The following is a translation from my classic style book, Klassikko, published in Finland this year. Placed at the beginning …
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  2. A great fit in shoes


    October 23, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    Few men use welted shoes made on lasts with their measurements. Ill-fitting shoes advance over- or underpronation, treading with the …
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  3. Identifying quality leather


    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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  4. A Short History of Cufflinks


    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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  5. Fused, Unfused and Soft Collar


    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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