Wednesday, December 29, 2010



The 36 Ounce Twill from Drakes in a 7cm width. The combination of the weight of the silk and the quality of interlining make this tie drape and fall perfectly in my opinion.

Tie - Drakes for WWChan
Pochette - Drakes Irish Linen for The Armoury
300gram Linen Coat and Thomas Mason shirt both to order from P. Johnson

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Caramel, Navy, Buttermilk Yellow

We are being interviewed for Hong Kong television tomorrow. I figure that warrants fresh shoes, hose, ties and pochette.

Carmina Alcudia Last 803's.
I've always admired the Carmina range, but tried them for the first time today. I'm converted.

Ties - Drakes and Drakes for WWChan.
Pochette all Drakes

All from the Armoury

Pedder Street

Day One on Pedder Street.
Drakes, Carmina, Gaziano Girling, La Vera… Too much temptation…

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Beginnings

Tomorrow is a big day - after six years I leave Herringbone for new shores and new opportunities. I have been blessed to have great colleagues, great customers and many challenges to sharpen my teeth upon.
Our relationships define us, challenges refine us and our decisions free us. I leave this chapter of my life confident that I have made more friends than I've lost, friends I hope will remain in my life even though our day to day has changed.

Onwards and upwards…

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Who is coming?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Samurai Jeans Rescue Dogs at Right Hand Distribution

On the 16th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Samurai Jeans has created the S0610LX-RR jean - a limited edition jean with a percentage of the profits going to charities that support disaster victims.
Based in Itami City in Hyogo, Nihon Rescue Kyoukai (Japan Rescue Association - train rescue dogs to be sent to disaster zones all over the world, and therapy dogs for mentally and physically impaired people.
Using Texan cotton, already a fairly rough yarn, Samurai have treated this yarn to have a deliberately short staple and rough hand, so the cloth is particularly stiff. Dyed in pure indigo, they have the richest saturation of indigo dye possible.
This particular weave of stiff, pure Texan cotton gains rigidity and sturdiness with wear, tightening in the fibre to make a very robust denim. This is Samurai's most "kouha" denim yet - a true denim die hard cloth. The selvedge is the "Katana-Mimi" - Samurai's Sword Selvedge.
The cut is a classic proportion made low rise, the waist and hip are more close in proportions so that they fall straight from the hip, and the pockets are made shallow to accommodate. The back pockets are sewn in the "hitohudenui" style, with the arcuate in "kagemusha" style.
The leather patch is the S0610LX model - check the hakama on the samurai and you'll see the trend for low rise! The moon reflects the slim line by being in it's waxing, and the patch is heat stamped in Navy rather than Red to reflect the cool nature of this limited jean.
The buttons are in Iron, and the rivets are "Zenigata" model, shaped after the ancient coins of Japan. (Zenigata Heiiji was a favourite of my Grandfather in Law - so it has a soft spot in my heart too) They are stamped "Shogyou Mujou" - a Buddhist teaching that translates "Everything is evanescent".

In limited supply, these jeans will be available from Right Hand Distribution from next January-ish. Don't order a 38 though, they'll be for me.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tommy - P.Johnson

Sartorial Summer Etiquette from Daniel Hartley-Allen on Vimeo.

Tommy tearing it up in Melbourne. Suede Belgraves nicely scuffed, Rubinacci pochette adding colour, proportions spot on. Good job, Mr Riley.

PG for LS

Good to see some stores are taking advantage of the many well respected well dressed men out there, rather than going the normal route with perfectly ordinary models.