Tailoring

The One-Button Suit

Most lounge jackets—suit jackets, blazers and sports coats—have two or three buttons down the front, and this has been the standard for single-breasted suits an...

The Degrees of Suit Formality

Not all suits share the same level of formality. The formality of a suit is determined primarily by the suit's cloth but also by the colour, the number of pieces, t...

The New York City Bond Experience

Photo by The Bond Experience. This weekend I was a member of a New York City James Bond tour led by the renowned David Zaritsky of The Bond Experience, including...

The Effect of Small Changes in a Silhouette

Most tailors have a house style that defines both the silhouette of their suits and how they execute the small details. Tailors have a house style for numerous reas...

What Is Worsted Wool?

The Oxford Dictionaries have two definitions for "worsted". The first describes worsted yarn: "A fine smooth yarn spun from combed long-staple wool." The second...

James Bond’s Suit Linings

Of all the details of James Bond's suits, the one we likely pay the least attention to is the lining. Bond's suit linings generally do not draw attention; they ...
Dr. No Dinner Suit

How Sean Connery Set the Fashion Template for Future James Bonds

More so than the James Bond of Ian Fleming's pages, Sean Connery's James Bond set the template for how subsequent screen Bonds would dress. Terence Young, the di...
Dr. No Dinner Suit

Dinner Jacket Facings: Satin, Grosgrain and Others

One detail primarily separates an ordinary black suit from a dinner suit: silk lapel facings. There are a number of other details that a dinner suit (also called...