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The Ten Thousand Hours It Takes to Become Well-Dressed

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 1:15 PM


I'd like to share an essay from the latest issue of the Singapore-based magazine The Rake. Not too long ago I'd read Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers and wondered how his ideas might apply to getting dressed. The result is a diverting little...

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The Prescriptivists: On Rules and Rule-Breaking in Men's Dress

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 5:37 PM

It's 23 days into the autumnal equinox here at 40.77 degrees longitude and 73.9 degrees latitude. The relative humidity is 66 percent, and the temperature, sometime between one and three p.m,, will climb to a high of 69 degrees.

I know precisely what to wear.

It's all thanks...

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X-Ray Specs: What's Really Inside Your Clothes

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 4:14 PM


The latest catalog from Restoration Hardware includes an interesting piece of art for the menswear fan. It's an S-ray photograph by Nick Veasey -- price $1,595 -- of a suit jacket, dress shirt and necktie. It's a striking visual, eerie and ghostlike,...

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Old Hat: Broker's Gin and the Fate of the Bowler

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 4:26 PM


Summer comes to an official end today, and with it the close of gin-and-tonic season, for as the leaves turn from light to dark, so does our liquor. My souvenir from summer 2012 is an embarrassingly large collection of bowler hats betraying something between...

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Preppy Evangelist: The Lisa Birnbach Interview

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 6:13 PM

The following is an interview with Lisa Birnbach, author of the 1980 best seller The Official Preppy Handbook and its sequel, True Prep, due out in September. Birnbach discusses both books and their relation to an ever-changing American landscape.

CC: How did the new book come...

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Damned Dapper: The Preppy "Go-to-Hell" Look

(4) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 3:20 PM

It's hard to imagine a magazine like The Rake launching in the US, even without a recession. Founded in Singapore in 2008 and written in English by a largely British stable of contributors, The Rake is guided by a lofty sense of taste -- part Savile Row and part Neopolitan...

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Travel My Way: Jazz-Ivy Icon Bobby Troup

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 6:17 PM

During the heyday of The Ivy League Look, a number of guys from preppy backgrounds wound up working in the field of jazz. Bobby Troup was one of them.

Raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Troup prepped at The Hill School, then studied economics at the Wharton School at the University of...

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Bohemian in a Sack Suit: The 1959 Brooks Brothers Novel

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 12:19 PM

Last year, between Los Angeles and New York, I spent six months in my old environs of the Bay Area, including five weeks staying with a former flame (now married to a Hungarian who lost his baronetcy in the revolution), in Oakland on Lake Merritt.

Out for a stroll one...

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