Browsing All posts tagged under »the critic«

Build Any Watch You Want with Seiko 5

September 20, 2014

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Thanks to Hodinkee and Top Gear, you might have heard of former Morgan Motor Company Designer Turned Bespoke Watchmaker Matthew Humphries. Working with Penelope Jordan, this entry-level watch modder starts with a Seiko base and then adds specially designed dials with an aesthetic reminiscent of car dashboard readouts. The thing is, I have no issues with […]

Best Value Art Deco Gent’s Watch: Hamilton Flintridge Limited Edition

April 9, 2014

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I’m not a horology snob even though my day job requires that I don the guise of one. That said, while I am saddened by the demise and subsequent acquisition of many watch brands- such is life, I am very happy whenever someone with heritage worth a damn re-issues an archive piece. In this case, […]

Monsieur’s Guide to Suit Construction: Canvassed vs Fused

April 13, 2013

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Bespoke has been thoroughly abused as a marketing term, as a result, even newer less knowledgeable tailors misuse (I hope) the term and use it interchangeably with “made to measure”. For gentlemen, the art of suit construction is not to be taken lightly, coming from a long tradition of Savile Row artisans, the creation of […]

Menswear 2013: Rise of the Classically Dressed Gentleman

March 9, 2013

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Last month, New York Times T magazine celebrated The Rise of the Well-Dressed Man and in their op-ed piece welcomed us all to the age of sartorial enlightenment. I agree with the premise but disagree with their assertion that Joe Namath was metrosexual avant la lettre. In fact if anything, his “wooly pecs” and “dense happy trail” categorically […]

The Monsieur Reviews: The Book of the Courtier

October 4, 2012

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While the less memory gifted among us might find the coterie of individuals engaged in conversation throughout the book confusing, the Book of the Courtier does well as a handbook of sorts for aspiring gentlemen. It goes beyond the Ps and Qs, it’s a way of life and a method of being. It espouses Sprezzatura, […]

The Monsieur’s Brief: Risk Intelligence And What You Need to Become a Top Notch Risk Taker

May 24, 2012

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Humans are useless at assessing probabilities. But against the odds, Dylan Evanshas tracked down the handful of people who rate as geniuses on the intelligence scale he calls risk quotient.  Most people probably haven’t heard of risk intelligence. What is it? It is the ability to estimate probabilities accurately, it’s about having the right amount […]

Adventures in Online Tailoring: The Indochino Review

April 14, 2012

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So this arrived today- The Essential Black Suit Jacket, The Essential Black Suit Pants and The Coordinator Black Gingham shirt from Indochino. Online tailoring is a harrowing experience; tradition dictates that a man be measured no less than 2 times before his suit is made- once before and once during the pre-fit. If it’s a bespoke order, no […]

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