Size 10s (and three quarters)

I love the phrase ‘put your foot in it’, You know those moments when you say something out loud you wish that maybe you hadn’t? And probably it wasn’t the worst thing after all….

Interestingly, this originated with the phrase “to put one’s foot in it” and dates back to the 18th century and means to make an embarrassing blunder in conversation. In the mid-20th century it was a popular joke to say “every time I open my mouth I put my foot in it”.But many of my clients have been putting their foot in it. On these occasions ‘it’ being a pair of Hand Dyed Shoes, my other half being no exception. He seems to be developing quite a habit, but at least its a health one….These are just two beautiful examples of Simon Bourne’s work, that he made for Gaz.

We have been working together most of this year making shoes and boots to compliment outfits that I am creating. Its a wonderful partnership as Simon has a very similar philosophy to service and clients that I do. We have made some absolutely stunning pairs. A favourite of mine being for a wedding in the Summer where we incorporated the family tartan.

So go ahead and put your foot in it!

Call me on 07525 331173 or email me for more details.


I am not really too sure where 2018 has gone, here we are on the cusp of Autumn.

Many people tell me they loathe the works Autumnal, but I like the way it rolls off the tongue.

Its that time where we start to move t-shirts to the back of the wardrobe in favour of layers, jumpers jackets and coats.

Already I have a number stunning cashmere mix overcoats in the works and just been going trough the new range from Loro Piana’s jackets. They feel so lovely to the hand. New Zealand wools to Cotton Cashmere mixes. The Wool, Silk and Cashmere my absolute favourites…

Heres a taster…

We really are spoilt for choice.

I cant wait to see the ranges from the other Mills for this season.






Waistcoat Wednesday

For any one I have already made clothes for, knows that I am a massive fan of the waistcoat. They all have at least one suit or outfit with one. We make it in either single or double-breasted styles, the waistcoat is designed to be worn underneath a suit or jacket. Its also a great smart casual look with jeans/chinos and it does not necessarily have to match the jacket. It really works as a look for us gals too. Whenever I am wearing one, it always prompts my client to buy one!

What do we know about the waistcoat…

Well it originated in Persia, where waistcoats first became fashionable in the middle of the seventeenth century. The new style was noticed by Samuel Pepys in 1666: “The King hath … declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes which he will never alter,” he wrote in his diary. “It will be a vest.” However, this looked more like a skirting.

After the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London, King Charles II was persuaded that a much more sober form of attire should be worn by gentlemen, in view of the extravagance displayed in the French court at the time.

By 1700, waistcoats became shorter. Waistcoat styles designed for sporting purposes did away with the skirt effect. Waistcoats became shorter and more and more cut away in a curve at the front.

Double-breasted waistcoats were the most popular style during the first few decades of the eighteenth century and featured small pockets with flaps.

By 1800, the waistcoat had become an increasingly decorative and flamboyant addition to the male wardrobe. Dandies at the time even took to wearing two waistcoats at once. One would be as elaborate as the other, with the upper unbuttoned to show the one underneath.

Generally speaking, after the mid-nineteenth century, waistcoats became much more sober. The majority were produced to match the jackets or suits they would be worn with, rather than being outward expressions of originality and wealth.

Although the waistcoat was still deemed fashionable at the beginning of the twentieth century, its popularity soon began to peter. Rather than being worn as a show of wealth or decadence, the waistcoat was considered little more than a functional item to house a pocket watch. With suits becoming softer and men opting for the growing trend of the wristwatch, the waistcoat was deemed less prominent in the wardrobe.

It didn’t complexly die off but was seen far less. It was after World War II, that a few businessmen started wearing waistcoats to work.

The 1960s also saw the waistcoat move away from being a formal item when it was adopted by the hippy movement and incorporated as part of their look. Their version still followed the contours of the body, but it tended to be longer than the waistcoat of a business suit; some were as long as knee-length with heavy floral embroidery, patch work fringing, some were tie-dyed.

Sadly in the early twenty-first century, the waistcoat was hardly worn, except by businessmen trying to show some form of individuality or personality with a suit. It was designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Dolce & Gabbana who revived waistcoats for men during the 1980s and early 1990s.

When Stephen Handisides and I reworked his wardrobe, we decided the waistcoat was to become a signature for his look. Being really well dressed on camera is critical and taking the US market by storm, sends a message of him always being Perfectly Attired.

Its just great to see that we are having a revival thanks to Mr Southgate. Its such a great look!



We have been proud to make clothes for a number of up and coming superstars…and DJ Bennett is no exception to our list.

At 24, he is not only a super nice young man but a very stylish and uber talented Golfer with a big ambition to win.

DJ has also become a Sporting Ambassador for Lords Taverners, a young member of his family has been affected by disability so its a subject close to his heart.

DJ is certainly set to be the best dressed out on the course.  We created a three wave selection of outfits for him in the charity colours. So he will be helping to raise awareness whilst winning the championship!

He is one to watch for sure…..



Devils in the detail…

With the news that our brand Ambassador Stephen Handisides has secured a TV show in the US, with UK coverage.

So we wanted to make some new outfits for him to look as sharp as possible when talking about the Modern Male Mindset.

We cant wait to see him on screen in our creations.

Steve loves those extra details, that just really show his personality.


Thats what sets off the peg and bespoke garments apart. Not just the fit, but the additional features that make it truly personal.

Ones to watch – meet Zack Charilaou


Zack had been with Gaucho since he left school in 2007 at the tender age of 16. He began at the bottom, as a part-time bar-back at Gaucho’s mammoth, award-winning Manchester restaurant. Spotted immediately by Phil Crozier, Gaucho’s director of wines, as possessing extraordinary talent as a fledgling sommelier, he quickly moved through the ranks. By 2010, Zack had earned the distinction of being the youngest professional sommelier in the UK, after sailing through his WSET advanced sommelier certificate.

By this point, it wasn’t just Zack’s sommelier skills that were getting noticed. His ability to drive sales became quickly apparent as he increased the company’s profits on wine steadily in both Manchester and Leeds. It wasn’t long before he was invited to move to the heart of the company’s operations in London.

Once there, he was tasked with training staff and driving sales across three prestigious restaurants: Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena. His success was so immediately tangible, that by 2011, Gaucho insisted that all their staff had to be trained by him. He was promoted to head wine trainer for the entire company.

In 2013, after consistently driving sales across a wide range of Gaucho restaurants, Zack was given his biggest challenge yet: responsibility for the company’s flagship Piccadilly site. Within 12 months, he had transformed a 300K year on year deficit on wines, into a 120K net increase vs the previous record sales year. He was nominated as Educator of the Year by Imbibe magazine’s Personality of the Year Awards and was also named as ‘the industries rising star’ by Imbibe.

By 2014, he had been promoted to head sommelier for Gaucho and was invited to join the operations team. He wrote three iBooks, designed and delivered 3 different wine courses and was voted Trainer of the Year by Gaucho Academy, winning 80% of all student’s votes, based on over 1000 trainee votes. He was subsequently invited to judge at Square Meal/Imbibes industry renowned Annual Sommelier Wine Awards.

He travels regularly to Argentina, South Africa, France and others, hosting press trips for respected publications such as the London Evening Standard and Time Out magazine. He is often invited to hold wine presentations on behalf of the government of Argentina and hosts many private and public wine-tasting events and seminars. He delivers his expertise on wine and crucially, wine sales, to thousands of people each year at cream-of-the-industry festivals such as ‘The Taste of London.’

His final Gaucho achievement was to create a new culture of ‘wine gurus,’ personally trained by him, to disseminate his astonishing success across the entire company. And it has worked. Gaucho went from making a company-wide loss of 100K year on year on wines during 2013, to a profit of 97K vs the previous record sales in just the first 3 months of 2014.

In 2014, Zack left Gaucho to take on the Director of Wine role at M restaurants, a new exciting opening lead by ex MD of Gaucho, Martin Williams. On top of the his current skills developed at Gaucho, he was now in charge of all the wine buying and anything else beverage related for the new and exciting restaurant group. Since his time at M, he has been awarded Harpers ‘UK Sommelier of Year’, opened a retail and online wine store and has become a regular name in the industry with Harpers, the drinks business and the caterer (amongst others), have written several pieces on Zack and his reputation is continuing to grow. Recently he has been promoted from Wine Director to Restaurant Director and has been in the top 40 of ‘top 100 most influential in hospitality’ with Harpers, 2 years running. The retail wine store was also recently awarded “best new wine store 2016” at the Agile media awards.

He currently lives in North London with his Fiancé and 2 year old son. 

Pictured here in a stunning navy with racing green accent and pinstripes fabric from Loro Piano.

Not only is Zack a super nice guy, he has great personal style and really enjoys his clothes.


“Fore!”, was originally an Australian interjection, it is used to alert anyone standing or moving in the direct line of a golf ball. … Caddies were often warned about oncoming golf balls by shouting”fore-caddie” which was eventually shortened to just “fore!”

Proud to support the 8th Annual Charity Golf Day for Oracle Trust again, which was held on the 28th September at the stunning Burhill Golf Club in Surrey.  The 18 teams enjoyed the challenging New Course and we were fortunate to have a mild Autumn day with light winds for perfect playing conditions. I played with clients so it was a lovely opportunity to catch up.

The winner scored a huge 45 points, sadly that wasn’t me!

The afternoon lunch was accompanied by the entertainment from the hilarious Aaron James.

Players enjoyed a number of fun competitions on the course including “Beat the Lady Pro”, “Shark Attack” ( chipping which was harder than it looked ) competition, longest drive and two nearest the pin prizes.


Delighted that the event raised in excess of £5,000 to support vital research programmes into head and neck cancer.  The day honours one of my favourite clients and all round top chaps, who we sadly lost last year Mr Derek Lucie-Smith. The lucky winner of the Golden Ticket, Hugo is pictured here being measured up for his bespoke shirt.

Style tips from our Ambassador Stephen Handisides….


Words Stephen Handisides

Ahhh…the mysteries of the bathroom! Have you ever wondered what girls do in the bathroom for hours on end? These exotic creatures disappear in and come out, what seems like hours later out looking primped and preened to perfection. Well in this issue I am going to give you the low down on Bathroom Basic’s. How you can look your best without the hours of maintenance that the girls put in!

With this daily 10minute routine, you’ll be looking sharper and smarter and it won’t cause a domestic over you hogging the bathroom.

Ok let’s start at the top, first, is your mop;

Hair on top – rinsing off in the shower does not count as washing your hair. Make sure you shampoo and condition at least every other day and shampoo every day if you’re a tradie, for fresh, glossy locks. You don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive salon brand’s, a good supermarket product will work just fine or try a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. Pick products that are designed for your hair type, dry, greasy or normal or dandruff control. Sneaky tip, it’s fine to use her shampoo too, women’s shampoos contain the same basic ingredients as men’s, as long as it doesn’t smell too girlie!

Shower – Don’t just stand under the water half asleep. Wash yourself with soap or a shower gel, use a shower mitt or wash cloth to build up a good lather and exfoliate away dead skin cells. You need to wash away all the dirt and oils that have accumulated throughout the day or overnight. After you’ve rinsed off, finish with a burst of cold water, it will wake you up and close the pores of your skin.

Face  Use a facial wash for men, or if you’re old school, a bar of soap, although some non-facial soaps can be quite drying to the skin. If you have dry skin, opt for a non-soap cleanser or dry skin facial wash. If your skin is oilier, try a wash with salicylic acid. It helps to unclog pores and degrease the skin. Concentrate on the T-Zone, nose and forehead as this is where your oil glands are and tend to be the greasiest. Once a week, use a gentle facial scrub to gently buff away those dead skin cells, leaving you with a bright and invigorated complexion. Facial scrubs can really help if you are prone to ingrowing hairs from shaving as well.

Shave –  Shave in or just after a shower, the hot water softens the hair and opens the hair follicles for a closer and easier shave. Always use a shaving cream or oil. Use a shaving brush, to create a rich lather and raises the hairs. Go with the grain for less irritation, you can always go over twice for a really close shave. Make sure the blades in your razor are sharp, or you’ll end up with bits of bloody tissue stuck to your face. After shaving, rinse with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Finish off with your signature aftershave lotion, to replace moisture and sooth the skin. On a side note, unless you are a professional cyclist or swimmer, please don’t shave your legs! I don’t care how on-trend you are, it’s just wrong.

Excess Facial Hair – Thick manly brows can look great, but a monobrow doesn’t look good on anyone. Your face caterpillars are easy to maintain. Do it after the shower, but before you moisturise, or the hairs will be slippy. Get some tweezers and just pluck the middle between the eyes, and the odd stray under and above the brow. Don’t over-pluck, just do the main areas where you have excess hair. Big eyebrows aren’t a problem, it’s when they start to meet in the middle that you’ve got an issue. Nasal and ear hair is unsightly too and can easily be trimmed, nasal hair trimmers will make that tricky job, a breeze.

Short and Curly’s – Man keeping your short and curly’s is perfectly acceptable in this day and age. Just ensure it is neat and tidy. Trim your underarm’s and nether regions, but please do it very carefully!

Skin – Once you’ve washed your face, shaved and plucked, MOISTURISE. It is one of the key things that men shy away from. Moisturising keeps your skin hydrated, slows ageing and helps protect against skin damage. Experiment with different products and try a few different brands until you find something that you like and that suits your skin. You can even buy complete skincare kits such as ULTRA for Men – Essential Skincare program. A moisturiser with a sunscreen is a good idea in Australia especially. Finish with a slaver of Pawpaw ointment or SPF lip balm on your lips, this will prevent cracked sore lips in winter and in the hotter months.

Teeth – Any dentist will tell you it’s good to floss. Try to floss between your teeth at least once a day before brushing. Then brush your teeth for about two minutes, and include brushing your tongue. You can use a manual or electric toothbrush, they will both do a good job as long as you brush thoroughly. Finish with a mouth wash for an invigorating fresh minty breath. Try to visit your dentist every 6 months. A good teeth cleaning routine will help to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, keep your smile sparkling white and can help combat halitosis.

Eyes – too much caffeine, alcohol, smoke and too little sleep can make your eyes look scary. Clear eyes or eyedrops can help. With eyes prevention is better than the cure, so try drinking lots of water, eating healthy and getting plenty of shut eye, to keep your eyes clear and bright.

Hair  When it comes to doing your hair, style it before you add any product. This is going to prevent over use and that hard shell look you see so many of your mates sporting. Whatever amount of product you’re using, halve it, sometimes less is more. You can always add a little bit extra if you need. Visit your barbers every 4-6 weeks to keep your hairstyle looking tip top.

Hands and feet – Use a nailbrush, to keep your fingernails clean and nail clippers to keep them short and neat. Clean hands are pretty basic really! If you suffer from painful, dry and cracked heels use a paddle foot exfoliator in the shower and then a heel balm every night. If you do this for a week it should heal up.

To Finish – Finish up with a quick spray of antiperspirant deodorant, but make sure it’s antiperspirant, plain deodorant will just mask the odour and won’t stop sweat patches. Then some aftershave and your good to go! Pick your signature scent and aim for a deodorant and aftershave with similar or complimentary fragrances so that they are not competing.

Lastly, some things are best left to the professionals. You wouldn’t try changing the engine in your car by yourself, the same goes for a few male grooming essentials. Waxing your chest, back, sack and crack, don’t even go there! I guarantee it will all end in tears. Another one is dying your hair. Those subtle blonde highlights may just turn out green and touching up those greys, leave it to your hairdresser. You can bet Warnie and George Clooney do.

Bathroom cupboard – I’ve put together your essentials bathroom shopping list, with some of my favs. You only need a few basic products in your bathroom cabinet, to keep you looking sharp. Don’t be afraid to try lots of different brands until you find your favourites.

Bathroom Basics Shopping list*:

  1. Shampoo – – Hair Guard Shampoo
  2. Conditioner or 2in1 shampoo and conditioner – – Hair Guard Conditioner
  3. Antiperspirant Deodorant
  4. Facial soap or facial wash – Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Foam Cleanser
  5. Facial scrub – daily exfoliating facial scrub 200ml
  6. Shaving Cream – Authentic No.10 Finest Shaving Cream is my go to!
  7. Aftershave balm – Any Truefitt & Hill products. They have 211 years of grooming tradition and they are used by Royalty.
  8. Lip Balm or Pawpaw Ointment
  9. Men’s moisturiser – Aspect Dr C Skin Brightening Serum
  10. Body wash or soap bar – Scaramouche & Fandango Men’s Body Wash (200ml)
  11. Good quality razor – Truefitt and Hill razor
  12. Men’s grooming kit, including Tweezers, Nail clippers, shaving and scissors – you can get great personalised ones at
  13. Electric or manual toothbrush
  14. Aftershave or men’s fragrance

Stephen Handisides is an international TV presenter, model, journalist and an all-round expert on Aesthetic Beauty and Male Grooming. Stephen is the host of ‘The Modern Face of Beauty’ series which will be broadcast on 52 local and national television networks in the US reaching 44 million households. He is regular expert commentator in the UK on ITV’s This Morning, GMTV, Lorraine, OK! TV, Five, Sky News, and BBC radio.

Stephen writes for over twenty major newspapers, trade and consumer magazines, with five regular columns focusing on the trends in lifestyle aesthetics and male grooming. He also hosts and produces Sky TV’s MyFaceMyBody and is the brains behind the Global Aesthetic Awards, held in London, LA and Sydney.

For more male grooming tips and inspiration, check out Stephens Instagram @shandisides Twitter @shandisides and his website and blog on 

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National Bow Tie Day is nearly here….




Yes its nearly here, National Bow Tie Day, and it’s your chance to get involved…..

What’s this, ‘I don’t know how to tie one,’ I hear you cry?

Yikes, you are not alone, so follow this simple guide, and heh presto. You will impressing friends and partners in no time!

Follow These Steps
  1. Drape bow tie around your neck. …
  2. Cross the long side over. …
  3. Loop long side underneath the crossover and up to chin. …
  4. Use the shorter end and make a bow form. …
  5. Drape the long end over the top. …
  6. Loop the long end through the place held by your finger.

Did you know the bow tie originated among the Croatian mercenaries during the Thirty Year war of the 17th century: where the Croat mercenaries used a scarf around the neck to hold the opening of their shirts together.

These were then rapidly adopted by the French upper class, who were known as leaders in fashion at the time, and became quite the fashionable neck attire.  We now see them in every colour of the rainbow and they can brighten any outfit. We love bowties!

Raindrops keep falling on my head…..

So much for Summertime!

Did you know that the basic umbrella was actually invented over 4000 years ago. Evidence of umbrellas is highlighted in Assyrian, Chinese, Egyptian and Greek history.

These ancient pieces were originally known as parasols and provided shade from the sun. It was the Chinese, who made them waterproof first against the rain. They waxed and lacquered the paper parasols to make them water repellent.

Umbrella comes from the Latin root word “umbra,” which literally means shade.   James Smith and Sons was the very first Umbrella shop which opened its doors in 1830, still going strong and probably due to the dreadful weather we Brits have become well known for!

From parasols with wax, the device changed in 1852 with the introduction of steel stays by Samuel Fox, these were also used in corsets. It took another hundred years of innovation for them to have a collapsable feature. Now we see umbrella’s often feature in sports such as Golf where they can span up to 80″ and usually in bright colours.


………………………………………………..So is this a further development of the brollie?

Regardless this is still one of my favourite movies…….and its still raining!