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Star Wars Despecialised: The internet strikes back

I spent this week very happily watching the original Star Wars trilogy, as it was screened in cinemas between 1977 and 1983, in perfect BluRay-quality high definition. As a Star Wars fan with an interest in the history of film, as well as a scepticism of the merits of computer generated imagery (CGI), I greatly enjoyed this ‘despecialised‘…

In black and white

A black tie ball is the perfect opportunity for a man to look his most masculine and dashing. But, despite the simplicity of the dress code, it can easily be done incorrectly. For classic, timeless black tie style, Hackett is unbeaten. Their Chelsea single- and double-breasted dinner jackets are faithful to the slim, 1930s silhouette…

Tweed all about it

The very last thing you expect to see at the offices of a 150-year-old tweed designer is a miniature samurai sword and helmet display. It certainly contrasts with the quintessentially English image you would associate with Huddersfield Fine Worsted (HFW) – a company which, among other things, is the sole supplier of the Royal Family’s exclusive Balmoral…

Worsted to Wall Street: The tailored suit

It has been described as the ultimate expression of masculinity and one of the most visible aspects of western cultural dominance and, worn by everyone from Bryan Ferry to the Emperor of Japan, the suit has proven to be one of history’s great survivors. Despite the growth of casual wear, high street brands now cater…

Marat Bisengaliev: Bowing to the north

A glass violin, sitting nonchalantly in a bungalow door window, is all that betrays what must be Oxspring’s best-kept secret. For, of anywhere in the world, it is this sleepy corner of South Yorkshire that Kazakh violinist and recording artist Marat Bisengaliev has decided to call home. It’s a surprisingly modest home, too, for a…