Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, I have often pondered the theory that virtue is it’s own reward and surmise that, between them, Pearl Bailey and Mae West would have a terribly pithy reply: ‘Between two evils, I always pick the one I haven’t … Continue reading

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Man of Letters. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, In my extensive, some would say exhaustive, research into the history of Savile Row, there is a frustrating lack of information about the founding fathers: Gieves, Hawkes, Kilgour, Davies, Huntsman, Anderson or Sheppard. Of them all, the most … Continue reading

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A Napoleonic Interlude. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Having not been in Paris since the launch of The Perfect Gent at Ralph Lauren’s flagship on the Boulevard Saint Germain, it was something of a pleasure to return at the invitation of Chaumet to speak to their … Continue reading

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Green Fire. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Just arrived in Paris to give a luxury lecture for Chaumet at Le Meurice tomorrow pondering the future for fine jewellers. The talk runs the gamut from Marie Antoinette to Princess Haya by way of Coco Chanel, Eva … Continue reading

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Bowes & Idle. September 2013.

Dear Rowley, With the prospect of a very late summer holiday disappearing into the distance like Roadrunner fleeing the Wily Coyote, I thought it best to take stock of how to endure another winter in London with sanity vaguely intact. … Continue reading

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