I bought a Zero Halliburton Geo Aluminum 3.0 International Carry-On a few months back for a trip. Sadly, Zero Halliburton recently stopped selling this model on their website; but readers considering similar luggage may still find this write-up helpful. I initially debated between purchasing the Zero Halliburton and a Rimowa Original Cabin. You'll often see … Continue reading Review: Zero Halliburton 3.0 International Carry-On
With spring cleaning, people are realizing they have inordinate amounts of clothes. Most people (men and women) build too large and inferior wardrobes. We quickly lose interest in expendable clothes. A $6.99 beanie (or even a $70 quality one you don't wear) holds no meaningful ethics. Menswear enthusiasts are especially prone to excessive spending. Imagine … Continue reading My Take on Building a Wardrobe
I've always enjoyed the short-fire questionnaire concluding Gentleman's Gazette interviews. Apart from the first question, I came up with a new set of questions. By all means comment with your own preferences! Oxfords or derbies? Oxfords Casual, smart casual, or formal? Smart casual Wool or cashmere? Cashmere Which Instagram dresser impresses you most? Zing Chen … Continue reading Short Quiz!
From a customer's point of view. Many bespoke craftsmen can execute your commission. But who should you choose? Ask yourself: 1. Is the artisan accessible (through trunk shows or can you travel frequently)? Consider that garment aftercare may be needed -- globetrotting to replace a lining is quite inconvenient. 2. Is their style your favorite? … Continue reading How to Choose An Artisan
In one memorable Seinfeld episode Jerry buys a brown suede jacket.* It looks perfect on him, style and fit. The jacket cost over a thousand dollars -- but Jerry relishes it, even wearing the jacket over his pajamas. He tells his friend George Costanza: Jerry: This jacket has completely changed my life. When I leave … Continue reading Clothes That Click
We hear this bark by fashion houses, Instagram, even the average dresser. Heck, academics like Judith Butler (who argued that gender is performative) have built their careers on this point. It's a popular ideology that can be traced back to Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud's lesser-known nephew. Bernays was a 20th-century public relations figurehead hired by … Continue reading “Clothing is Expression”
Brands, mills, artisans, and customers amidst Covid-19 have additional hurdles to cross. Trunk shows have been cancelled and stores/mills closed. Some ateliers have ceased production altogether. Luckily, some artisans can work from home, with plenty of orders to tackle. Some countries are on partial or full lockdown. For sartorialists, this temporarily includes China, the UK, … Continue reading Shipping During Covid-19
Or at least, supports it and makes it a more welcome friend to the public. I sometimes come across craftsmen reluctant to share techniques or accept students. Or salespeople wary of answering sartorial inquiries. Conversely, this can hurt businesses and their craft. Crafts survive on patronage. Without public appreciation and commissions, artisans cease to be. … Continue reading Opinion: How Transparency Behooves the Crafts