Diplomatic Ties 313: Gieves & Hawkes

By Daniel Blockert|December 9, 2015|Diplomatic Ties - The Series|0 comments

I am not a big fan of monk shoes, especially not double monks, but Edward Green makes two beautiful single monks: Mercer and Hove. These are Hove in dark oak. Worn with a Caruso 140s suit, Zegna Couture shirt, Gieves & Hawkes tie and a ps from Finamore (in a pattern based on traditional Nordic folk patterns). Click on the headline for more pictures.

Diplomatic Ties 310: Howard’s

By Daniel Blockert|November 28, 2015|Diplomatic Ties - The Series|0 comments

Grenadines have been popular for many years now but nowadays you usually see them unlined (or very lightly lined) and untipped. This grossa grenadine from Howard’s in Paris is actually very heavy, both tipped and fully lined. A great tie for winter. Worn with a jacket from Isaia in a heavy wool fabric, a bespoke shirt to add a splash of colour, a merino cardigan from William Lockie, a wool ps from Stenströms, pants from Boss and Tricker’s shoes. Click on the headline for more pictures.

Diplomatic Ties 309: Howard’s

By Daniel Blockert|November 25, 2015|Diplomatic Ties - The Series|0 comments

Autumn is passing quickly into winter in Geneva and it’s actually too cold to take pictures in a jacket only. But Mrs Blockert took advantage of the leaves still on the ground to add some colour. This is my first tie from Howard’s, a small Parisian house of shirts, ties and accessories. The tie is made from a Loro Piana wool fabric and my first impression is that the quality is very high. Worn with a jacket from Borrelli (thanks to Dirnelli), a Thom Sweeney shirt, ps from Cucinelli, Boss pants and shoes from Tricker’s. Click on the headline for more

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Diplomatic Ties 307: Rubinacci

By Daniel Blockert|November 18, 2015|Diplomatic Ties - The Series|0 comments

I don’t thrift a lot of clothes and on the few occasions that I do I usually do it “live” so I can check the quality and wear and tear of a garment. But I found this vintage Lanvin tweed jacket on ebay and decided to take a chance. I’m happy that I did because it is a lovely jacket in mint condition. In general I avoid contrast details on clothes, especially jackets and shirts, because it usually looks gaudy and cheap like someone is trying to cover up poor quality or a bad fit with something “funny”. But I found these

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Photography – Mandarin Duck

By Daniel Blockert|November 16, 2015|Photography|0 comments

Sometimes we will post photographs on this blog that has nothing to do with menswear or is part of the different series we showcase. These photographs are always taken by Mrs Blockert. In this case, a male Mandarin duck in our local botanical garden decided to show off for the camera. Click on the headline for more pictures.